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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Twenty-Seven

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

With the weather alternating between ridiculously hot temperatures and pouring rain, it’s been a great week to stay inside and read. I’ve had a chance to read several fantastic books this week, including this week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge title, Last On Earth: The Vanishing, by Marilyn Kaye.

The shortest book (by pages) on your TBR list…

The Vanishing is the first book in Kaye’s Last On Earth trilogy, and tells the story of a group of twenty-five teenagers who attend a high school in Manhattan. Because of overcrowding, their geometry class is forced to meet in the basement of the school building, in a room that was originally meant as a bomb shelter.

At the end of class one afternoon, the students leave their classroom, only to discover that some kind of worldwide event has taken place…one in which everyone (except them) has disappeared.

As the shocked students begin to adapt to their new state of isolation, they form their own community in an abandoned hotel, under the leadership of their senior class president. But while many of the students soon become resigned to “moving on” and living their new lives, one group is determined to figure out what happened to the rest of humanity.

I’ve owned The Vanishing (and the rest of the Last On Earth trilogy) for several years, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it before now. I’m glad that I finally decided to give this book a try, because I really enjoyed it.

While The Vanishing doesn’t really include a lot of action, it is still a very fast-paced book. The story is very much driven by the characters and their curiosity (or lack thereof) about what caused the world’s population to disappear. As I read, I found that I was just as curious about the disappearances as the main characters, which lead to me read the majority of the book in a single sitting.

In fact, I was so interested in the story that I decided to read the other two books in the trilogy (The Convergence and The Return) immediately after finishing The Vanishing. I’m not going to give summaries of either of these two titles, in order to avoid spoilers, but I will say that they are every bit as good as the first book. They do a great job of continuing (and concluding) the story.

I do think it is important to mention that The Vanishing does include some content that might cause emotional distress for some readers, including unwanted sexual attention.

Whether you are a fan of young adult fiction, or enjoy science fiction, I highly recommend reading The Vanishing, along with The Convergence and The Return. They’re very interesting books, and I’m sure you’ll find them difficult to put down.

Unfortunately, it does appear that the trilogy is currently out of print, but you may be able to find used copies of the books online or at your local used bookstore. If you do have the opportunity to read The Vanishing (and the rest of the Last On Earth trilogy) for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, July 10th. In the meantime, I hope you will join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm on Wednesday for a review of Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstör.

Have a wonderful weekend!

2 thoughts on “POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Twenty-Seven

  1. Used paper copies are extremely cheap online. However, it doesn’t appear the books ever appeared as ebooks, which might limit some users choice.

    I was browsing through her backlog and it appears she co-authored the book Penelope, which was a movie that Mrs B and I really enjoyed. Just one of those little “oh that’s interesting” moments 😀

    1. I do think it’s unfortunate that the books haven’t been released as ebooks, but I am glad to hear that you were able to find paperback copies at a reasonable price.

      I remember reading some of the books from Marilyn Kaye’s Replica series when I was a kid, but I haven’t had the opportunity to read Penelope. I’ll definitely have to check that one out!

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