The Last Relicuin is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. I was lucky enough to receive a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The synopsis appealed to me because I love dystopian fiction.
At first I actually thought it was YA particularly as when I first started reading the story was focused on Alex Kane a young man trying to make a decision about where to go to college, as the son of the poweful Senator Kane Alex is encouraged (or forced) to achieve great things as is expected of him.
It is the 22nd Century and the whole world has been ravaged by dangerous airbone disease and the majority of the population have moved well above the old cities into glass enclosures. Everything is virtual, from school to sex and people use holograms to visit each other all to protect themselves from coming into contact with other people and potential disease. History is preserved by the Federal Musuem Academy who train willing students to live in the real life museums where authenticity is key. Senator Kane, Alex’s father though is determined to shut the museums down.
The Last Relicuin is very in depth and full of interesting details about the museums. Although the story starts off belonging to Alex it swiftly moves to other characters and the story begins to build. I don’t (as usual) want to give spoilers about the storyline and plot so I’ll try not to say any more beyond Alex’s beginnings.
What I loved most about The Last Relicuin was the beauty of the different historical periods, unlike your standard dystopian novel this one is not just based on the new cities built above the old ones. The reader instead visits a 1950s American farming town full of corn chewing farmers in their trucks growing apples for cider, 12th Century France full of castles, knights, crusades and sword fights, tiny islands where the people live in tents and the women sit outside making clothes and blankets and finally a freezing winter in a territory inhabited by Native Americans.
The Last Relicuin is without doubt an adult novel, along side history and dystopia it features violence, drugs and sex. It explores politics in a time where you can’t even kiss your own wife (and don’t want to). It looks at extra marital affairs and relationships not just of the romance variety but between friends, colleagues, strangers and people who need handling with a little more care.
I can’t express how fantastic this novel really is. I’ll definitely be reading more books by this author.