The Last Christian is the story of a missionary’s daughter, Abby, who returns to the United States in 2088 after spending her life cut off from the world in the jungle of Papua New Guinea. The America she returns to is not only equipped with the technological advances you’d assume, but is essentially godless. Christianity is extinct.
Not only that, but a new medical procedure is being done that replaces the natural brain with a synthetic brain (allowing one to live forever)…but not everything is as it seems.
I enjoyed The Last Christian, though one stylistic issue really bugged me. Most of the book was told in 3rd person, but everything about one of the characters was told in 1st person. You don’t usually note point-of-view unless it’s not working, and it wasn’t working here. It threw me every time it switched. Also, he must have learned to name characters in the same class Vicki Hinze did, because they were mostly vanilla, Anglo names easily to be confused with one another.
But beyond those things, it was well written. It was an interesting story. Though I was driven to skim through some of the more technical portions, it was interesting. I enjoyed reading how Christianity could be included in a dystopian novel, and I think Gregory does it well. Though it’s very obvious, I don’t think he was being “preachy.”
If you can’t get enough of this genre like I can’t, I’d recommend checking this one out.
I received a free copy of The Last Christian for review from the publisher, but no other compensation.