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REVIEW by @GinnyLurcock: The Last Night by Nico Rosso (@Nico_Rosso)

After a chain of earthquakes ravaged the globe, long-dormant viruses were released into the air, turning many humans into creatures with an appetite for human ashes. Erica and a group of survivors are barricaded in a half-destroyed hotel, and every day brings them closer to being devoured by the seemingly unstoppable ashers. Even though Erica is a fighter, she’s tired of just surviving…
When a mysterious stranger rides into town, everything changes. Jake knows how to kill the ashers, and he’s the only man brave enough to leave the safety of the hotel in search of a better life. Erica and Jake make a deadly fighting team, with even hotter sparks flying between them. But Jake has survived this long because he rides alone. He doesn’t trust easily, especially in this harsh new reality. Can Erica convince Jake that living is more than just surviving to the next day?
 
 
The Last Night now has the distinction of being the first ARC that I’ve read.  Because of that, it will always hold a special place in my heart.  Well because of that and the super zombies.
 
Hmmm?  Oh you want to know more about the super zombies?  Oh yes, of course, how inconsiderate of me to leave you hanging like that.  The world has gone through some major upheaval (pun totally intended) and in this new post apocalyptic world something has caused a large portion of the population to turn into basically mindless stone creatures that burn people and eat their ashes.  Now, see how I said they’re made of stone?  That means that weapons can’t actually penetrate their skin (hehe I said penetrate) or do any sort of actual damage.
 
See, I told you.  Super zombies.
 
We’re first introduced to Erica, who is eeking out an existence in the rubble of a hotel with 40ish other survivors.  She’s not content to just survive though, she wants to thrive.  She wants to fight.  She wants to get to the rain clouds she sees on the horizon.  While lost in her reveries, an earth quake hits.  When that happens, the hotel is attacked by “ashers” (I really prefer my term super zombie, I think Mr. Rosso should consider a last second edit).  When it looks like all hope might be lost for our plucky heroine, a man rides up on a motorcycle wearing a leather jacket, and sporting a machete that can kill the super zombies.  Oh, and he’s got an ax strapped to his back.
 
His name is Jake, and he holds the secrets to killing super zombies.  Of course since it’s after the end of the world, he’s not willing to just give this information away.  He wants to trade for it.  It makes sense, it’s all he has to get goods, but that doesn’t make Erica like him anymore.
 
Obviously that changes, and the two grow closer, and then have to figure out what they want from this new life.  Is it each other?  Can they make it work?
 
I know some people have already complained about how quickly these two characters end up romantically involved, but it’s the apocalypse.  If you find someone you can care for while the world falls down around you, you hold on to them and you never let them go.  It’s not like you’re going to fight over who left up the toilet seat… THERE ARE NO TOILETS.
 
I’m not going to lie to you, this book is short, clocking in at around 40,000 words.  I checked it out on Amazon, and it’s sporting a price tag of $3.99.  I really enjoyed this story, and I did $3.99 enjoy this story, but for some reason my brain rejects the idea of paying that much for a novella.
 
Oh, and the story has graphic scenes of naughtiness.  Since I didn’t know that going in it caught me unawares and made me blush.  I have no problem with scenes of an adult nature, heck, I’ve read more than my fair share of books that are ONLY scenes of an adult nature, but I like to know there going to be there going into the story.
 
I’d give the book 4 super zombies.
 
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