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The Last Science by Etzoli

A new world approaches 

Nestled deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, something is spreading. Kept in absolute secrecy, it seeps into a fading town, quietly shared from person to person. For Alden Bensen, a directionless high school graduate, the discovery could mean an escape from his empty existence. To Rachel DuValle, perpetually underestimated and dismissed by the world, it represents a chance to become something much greater than herself. In the face of an unsuspecting world, their decisions will shape the growth of a budding society gifted with untold power. This potent force offers anyone the power to change humanity forever—or send it cascading into swift and total annihilation.

Note: The Last Science contains pervasive harsh language; also, some graphic violence.


A serialized novel, updating weekly

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Listed: Sep 25, 2018

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Sep 29, 2018: The Last Science is a bit of a genre-mixer that defies ready classification. Despite the fantasy tag and the magical elements, the story immediately shrugs off the expectations of a stereotypical "teenager gains magical powers" story. Instead, The Last Science is a rich drama/mystery story which uses magic as the foundation for a compelling plot and characters and provides far more than simply a story "about" magic.

In fact, to some extent the magical elements of the story contrast starkly with the grittiness of the plot and the normalcy and relatability of the characters. The focus of the story is not on exploring the magic itself but rather the implications of such power when injected into a quiet college town and the lives of its inhabitants. In this sense the story reflects many of the themes typically found in technology-based or science fiction stories (justifying the sci-fi tag), which is reinforced by the way the story’s magic is shown to have its own consistent mechanisms and limitations which the characters are continually attempting to explore and understand.

When I say the characters are "normal" I mean that they are not superheroes or stereotypes, but real people with their own hopes, concerns, and intermixing relationships and all of the complications that ensue. It is not to mean that they are mundane or boring. Quite the opposite, each character in The Last Science seems to carry their fair share of mystery and intrigue which leaves no doubt that each one has a story of their own to be revealed in time. The Last Science manages an excellent balance of weaving rich layers of mystery and intrigue through each character and location the reader encounters, while also revealing enough information as the story progresses to let you know that it isn’t just a tease. The plot incorporates and expands on each mystery it establishes and makes clear that there’s real substance to everything it hints at.

I hadn’t originally meant for this review to be quite so glowing and I would include criticism if I had any at the moment, but the truth is that I’m hooked and frankly I have a hard time thinking of reasons why others wouldn’t be as well. I strongly encourage anyone interested to give it a try.

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