Review: The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater

Title: The Last Bastion of the Living

Author: Rhiannon Frater

Release Date: June 8th 2012

Published by: Rhiannon Frater

Read: October 6th 2012



A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity’s last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive in a dying city of dwindling resources…and dwindling hope.

Vanguard Maria Martinez has lived her entire life within the towering walls of steel. She yearns for a life away from the overcrowded streets, rolling blackouts, and food shortages, but there is no hope for anyone as long as the Inferi Scourge howl outside the high walls. Her only refuge from the daily grind is in the arms of Dwayne Reichardt, an officer in the Bastion Constabulary. Both are highly-decorated veterans of the last disastrous push against the Inferi Scourge. Their secret affair is her only happiness.

Then one day Maria is summoned to meet with a mysterious representative from the Science Warfare Division and is offered the opportunity to finally destroy the Inferi Scourge in the valley and close the gate, reclaiming the lost lands and energizing the populace with renewed hope for the future. The rewards of success are great, but she will have to sacrifice everything, possibly even her life, to accomplish the ultimate goal of securing the future of humanity and saving it from extinction.

What I thought:

I really liked this book, it’s full of  Zombies and set in the future! It has a kick-ass main character, who would go to any lengths to save everyone in the Bastion, especially the man she loves. This book starts off putting you right into the action of the soldiers trying to push the zombies away from the wall, so you don’t have to wait to get into the good stuff.

The setting for this book is set in the future, where the humans live behind a wall to avoid the Scourge (zombies). The gate that kept their valley safe was opened, many people died, and the zombies are  just waiting for them. The Scourge are a bit different than the regular kind of Zombie though. They’re more preserved and look almost like they did before, aside from the wounds. They attack only to bite and pass on the virus and they don’t actually eat flesh, but they’re fast and if they see or hear you they will not stop.

Maria and Dwayne were such a cute couple too! Even though he is a bit older and has kids, they just came together after the first big battle and they fit each other. Even though they are apart, they miss each other so much and go through so much to make sure they other is safe in their own way.

The SWD is behind the plan to clear the valley and save the people living in teh Bastion. There are tons of secrets that the SWD is keeping, especially about the operation that Maria eventually goes through. She is capable of walking among the Scrags, but at a price. They gather a bunch of other soldiers as well for the mission, and they go out, close the gate, and start killing the zombies. Of course not everything goes as planned, there’s betrayals and lies, but tons of awesome battles!

If you love zombie books, and want a book that’s not part of a series but is totally awesome with great characters, then read this!


7 comments on “Review: The Last Bastion of the Living by Rhiannon Frater

  1. Great review, Kelsey! I STILL have to read Rhiannon’s other zombie trilogy, but I see that my library has it, so that means I should be able to read it whenever I want! Yay! I’m glad you liked this one … It definitely sounds interesting!

  2. The kick-ass cover seems to match the tone of the book well. I really need to try something by this author. She keeps popping up! And I also like that it’s a standalone. Awesome review, Kelsey.

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