Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Last Conversation (Forward), by Paul Tremblay (author), Steven Strait (narrator)

Brilliance Audio, September 2019

A man wakes up in an unfamiliar, dark room, with no memory of who he is or how he got there.

There's a voice, his caretaker, Dr. Kuhn, who will help him remember who he is and recover his physical health.

He slowly gets stronger, the pain goes, his sight returns, and he is starting to recover his memories. Yet, something is wrong. Dr. Kuhn won't answer some questions, questions that seem perfectly reasonable and straightforward. He does learn there's been a pandemic, and a lot of people died.
How many? Where is he? And who is he, really? Is Dr. Kuhn friend or foe?

This story was, obviously, written before we were aware of the COVID-19 pandemic that would soon disrupt our lives, but those who didn't have their heads in the sand knew another global pandemic would come. The characters are well-depicted, and the picture of the world they're in is built up in small details revealed in their conversations. It's quite well done, and yet, it's a story I don't quite connect with. It doesn't work for me.

I bought this audiobook.

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