Andrew Hunter Murray – The Last Day

A visionary and powerful debut thriller set in a terrifyingly plausible dystopian near-future – with clear parallels to today’s headlines – in which the future of humanity lies in the hands of one woman, a scientist who has stumbled upon a secret that the government will go to any lengths to keep hidden.

A world half in darkness. A secret she must bring to light.

It is 2059, and the world has crashed. Forty years ago, a solar catastrophe began to slow the planet’s rotation to a stop. Now, one half of the globe is permanently sunlit, the other half trapped in an endless night. The United States has colonized the southern half of Great Britain – lucky enough to find itself in the narrow habitable region left between frozen darkness and scorching sunlight – where both nations have managed to survive the ensuing chaos by isolating themselves from the rest of the world.

Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a frostbitten rig in the cold Atlantic. She wants nothing more to do with her country after its slide into casual violence and brutal authoritarianism. Yet when two government officials arrive demanding she return to London to see her dying college mentor, she accepts – and begins to unravel a secret that threatens not only the nation’s fragile balance, but the future of the whole human race.

Author: Andrew Hunter Murray
Narrator: Gemma Whelan
Duration: 12 hours 1 min
Released: 20 Apr 2002
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I’m a huge fan of QI and “No Such Thing As A Fish”, so listening to this was like reading a book that a friend wrote and thinking “Wow! I didn’t know he was so talented.” The book is utterly unexpected if you think of Andrew hunter Murray as a comedian. It’s not a funny book. But, don’t let that stop you. The same mental gymnastics that make Andrew so great at dishing up surprisingly interesting trivia make him an excellent story teller and great at pondering the “what if” kind of tale. The characters are compelling. The world is well described. The plot is twisty and turny and awesome all the way through. Absolutely worth your credit and your time.