The Last Man

Fiction - Action
170 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2016
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Imagine a world without men, a world completely taken over by a powerful feminist movement! The Last Man by Sean Williams is the first book in a trilogy, a spellbinding rescue story featuring Ian, returning from exile with a lot of training and experience to his name at a time when the world is threatened by a radical and fanatical feminist movement that is determined to reduce the population of men and enslave those who are fortunate enough not to fall under the raging tide of Femtheism. It’s the time of the deification of womanhood and it comes with dire consequences. Only one man can stop this terrible takeover. Can Ian muster the strength and the discipline it takes to outwit such a formidable adversary?

The Last Man is the kind of book that will have readers laughing and falling off their chairs. The plot is well developed, with powerful, intense scenes that almost literally blow the mind. It’s a brilliant satire on extreme feminism, a wild joke that seems so believable because it is written in a grand style and with honesty. Williams uses humor with unusual mastery, it flows naturally in his prose and permeates every scene. With the same mastery, the author explores themes like heroism, religious fanaticism, love, and many others. Apart from the mission to tackle Femtheism, it will be interesting for most readers to watch the development of the relationship between Ian and Mandy, a relationship so fraught with tension and passion, and so assuring that it becomes a source of inspiration. Sean Williams' work will greatly appeal to a variety of readers, but brace yourself for surprising blows if you are a feminist. Intelligently written and highly entertaining!

Charles Remington

The Last Man by Sean Williams deals with a dystopian future where the American continent has been taken over by Femtheists, extreme feminists who, by use of a chemical known as KY, have laid waste to the male population and removed what little is left of it to the Hawaiian islands. Some families, however, have managed to escape to remote areas of Canada, which is where we meet our hero Ian, a bad-ass, heavily muscled, young black man who has been extensively trained in the military arts by his father, an ex-marine drill sergeant. They survive by scavenging arms and supplies from deserted towns while preparing Ian for their master plan to win back the continent for mankind. But things start to go wrong when, after an abortive raid to a nearby town, his family is hunted down, and Ian watches helplessly as his parents are mercilessly gunned down by overwhelming Femtheist forces. Enraged and distraught, he sets out on a one-man mission to fulfil his father’s dream and travels to the Hawaiian islands to attempt to free the imprisoned male population. On his crusade he must battle overwhelming odds, finding help and solace from the one woman who is prepared to share his quest. Making full use of his skills with gun, blade and garrote, they cut a bloody swathe through the massive forces assembled against them, culminating in a violent battle to free the hapless American male population.

In these times of political correctness, it is a brave individual who would tackle the underlying subject matter dealt with in The Last Man, but as Voltaire said (though this has now been ascribed to his biographer Evelyn Beatrice Hall), ‘I may not agree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.’ It is probably inevitable that as the human race becomes more and more mechanised and the need for strong men to provide heavy labour and physical protection becomes less and less, men will start to question their roles in society, even their very existence. Whether this book will add to the debate is difficult to judge.

Renee Taylor

The Last Man by Sean Williams is an adventure story that is different from anything you have ever read! The radicalization of feminism is upon the world and one man, Ian, has hopes of stopping it. Femtheism reduces the male population so that nine of every ten babies are born female. The remaining men are secluded far away from the female population. As a whole, the Femtheists are well-trained and well-equipped to continue life as the domineering faction. But when Ian loses his parents, he channels his grief into resistance. He frees captive prisoners and builds an army with one goal: defeating the Femtheists who are strong enough to invade the entire world. Along the way Ian connects with Mandy, a woman from his past who simultaneously aggravates him and arouses him, depending on the situation. Mandy and Ian must learn to trust one another if they ever have a chance of defeating the Femtheists, who want nothing more than to watch Ian and his supporters burn.

The Last Man is a very interesting book because Sean Williams isn't afraid to say what he feels. This book isn't for everyone (feminists should proceed with caution), but it is funny and will appeal to people who are tired of stories that are politically correct and only preach an agenda. This book is the exact opposite of that. The story is action packed and it is going to be awesome for some readers and hard to swallow for others. But with sections that tackle tough subjects like feminism and religious ideas, it caused me to think about possibilities I had never entertained before.

Emily White

Sean Williams’ The Last Man is an action story that takes you into a dystopian time when women rule the world. Babies are manufactured so that 90 percent of the time they are female. The remaining men are segregated from women and kept away. The women who rule call themselves Femtheists. They are tough, strong, powerful, and confident. No one can stand in their way of total world dominance. Except Ian. After tragedy strikes Ian's parents, he takes it upon himself to stop the Femtheists. He starts scrounging an army out of freed prisoners and makes it his mission to defeat the Femtheists at all costs. He reconnects with Mandy, a female from his past. Mandy loves and hates Ian with every flip of the page, so their tumultuous relationship adds comic relief that is perfect to this story! With Mandy’s help, Ian sets out on a terrifying, hilarious, and dangerous journey to stop the Femtheists’ world domination.

I really liked The Last Man, but Sean Williams’ adventure will not appeal to all readers. It is meant for people who can take a joke, want to poke fun at feminists and the government, are okay talking about different religious ideas (and perhaps, making fun of some of those ideas), and don’t take themselves (or this book) too seriously. It is definitely not politically correct and Sean Williams doesn’t apologize for anything that he says within his book’s pages. It you are okay with that, than this book is for you. If you are a little more politically correct, a feminist, or just more serious in nature, then you will not appreciate the humor in The Last Man.

Taylor Wade

The Last Man is an adventure story that shows Sean Williams’ creation of a world dominated by women. The Femtheists are strong, domineering, capable, confident, and determined. They weed out the men and place them far away from contact with other females. They manufacture babies so that almost all are born females. They are in control and enjoy their power. In fact, they want to dominate the world. But when Ian loses his parents, he decides to take on the power of the Femtheists. He builds an army from freed prisoners. He reconnects with a woman from his past, Mandy, whose love and support fuels him on his journey. But Mandy’s love and support are fleeting because she doesn’t always trust Ian’s motivations, and the two fight like a married couple. In order to defeat the Femtheists, Ian and Mandy are going to have to learn to work together, which might be easier said than done.

The Last Man is a hilarious story if you like the kind of humor that pokes fun at itself and different groups of people. It is the most non-politically correct book I have read in a long time, which I think many people will find refreshing. Many people may also find it offensive (which I don’t think is the author’s intention), but those people should definitely steer away from this book. The Last Man is meant for people to reflect on concepts like feminism, world control, and gender manufacturing. While some of the concepts may seem far-fetched, as a reader, I had to pause and reflect. Are we that far away from manufacturing the gender of our children? Is that something I agree with? What are my thoughts on gender bias and gender equality? And that’s what a good book makes readers do ... think long after the book is over.

Faridah Nassozi

In The Last Man by Sean Williams, there was an evil plan in the works. They all saw it coming, but none believed that it would succeed until it was too late. A group of radical feminists had for a long time been secretly working on a mission to take over the world. Their goals included reducing, by whatever means necessary, the world's male population by 90% of its original size, locking away the remaining 10% and, going forward, strictly ensuring that only 1 out of 10 babies born would be male. The plan succeeded and soon both North and South America were under the brutal rule of the Femtheists with plans to extend their reach over the entire world. After the Takeover, Ian and his parents managed to escape to Nova Scotia where they remained for over a year, designing an elaborate plan to free the world from the Femtheists. Unfortunately, just before the mission took off, his parents were killed. Alone and enraged, Ian set out to fulfill his parents' wishes with a three-step plan; free the prisoners, forge foreign alliances, and kill the leader of the Femtheists. But how will a single man accomplish this when all the odds seem to be against him?

The Last Man by Sean Williams is an engrossing tale that puts a fresh spin on the way gender oppression stories are told. The story is the epitome of gender radicalism. Imagine a world ruled by ruthless females where men are mere sexual slaves, whose only value is in repopulating the world. Picture a female-only army that cruises around in colorful tankers - yes, that is the Fem-Army for you. But do not let the hot-pink tankers fool you; the Fem soldiers are well trained, well equipped, and merciless towards their enemy. Sean Williams put together a one of kind story guaranteed to keep the reader captivated with fresh action and thrills all the way.

Maria Beltran

The Last Man is the first in a trilogy by Sean Williams about a young man whose mission is to save the world from the Femtheists. In the summer of 2014, a young woman started a movement called Femtheist. The word is an acronym for feminist and atheist, and its ideology is to reduce the number of men to 10% of the world population, relegate them to work camps as sex slaves, and make sure that nine out of ten newborns are female. The movement gains success in North America, and Ian finds himself in hiding with his parents and plotting the destruction of the Femtheist movement. Losing his parents at the early stage of their mission, he finds an ally in Mandy, a woman he met when there was still no great divide between men and women.

Sean Williams’ The Last Man is an action packed story about a world turned upside down by an extreme feminist movement. Bound to ruffle the feathers of some women, it is a social commentary on the war between the sexes. Sean Williams creates a world where murderous feminists rule North America and they are determined to subjugate the men, relegating them to a low status as sex slaves and controlling their population. This is just the first in a trilogy so we can expect two more installments in the war between the sexes that promises to be as intriguing as it is pulse-throbbing. The Last Man is a novel that will make us re-examine the contentious man-woman relationship. This is a discourse that has been going on since the beginning of time and it does not look like it is going to end soon. Interesting read!

Ray Simmons

The Last Man by Sean Williams is one of the strangest novels I have ever read. The basic premise boggles the mind. Women have declared that “males are the sole cause for all the violence and injustice in the world” so they have declared war on them. Actually by the time The Last Man opens, “Femtheists” have won the war and our protagonist, the son of a U.S. Marine Corps drill sergeant, is pretty much on his own. His parents have taught him to fight and imbued him with a very military mindset. This is one of the most interesting aspects of his character. If you love military jargon, have a fetish for weapons of any kind, and you think feminism may be going a bit too far these days, then this is the book for you. Reading The Last Man was kind of like reading Kurt Vonnegut. You know there is a serious point but the characters and situations are so wild and outrageous that the point seems ... beside the point.

Sean Williams has given us a very unorthodox, complicated, and possibly controversial protagonist in Ian. He is endearing and sad while at the same time more than a little frightening. I have to say I liked him and, as crazy as he and his world are, I was not at any time tempted to stop reading. You want to know what happens; that for me is the mark of great writing and great characters. You will care about these characters, well, some of them. And you will wonder what the heck is going to happen to this world. The Last Man is definitely not for everyone, but it worked for me.

Tracy A. Fischer

In a unique and interesting new read by author Sean Williams, The Last Man is certainly a book that will keep readers engrossed from start to finish. Follow the story of protagonist Ian, a young man who with his parents is preparing to fight a great threat, Femtheism. The Femtheists are a brutal group intent on subduing and controlling the male population. When they kill Ian's parents, Ian's mission becomes fueled by his rage along with his determination to free the prisoners they are holding captive. When Ian reconnects with Mandy, a young woman from his past who is prepared to join in his fight against the evil Femtheists, the adventure truly begins. Will Ian and Mandy be able to accomplish their goal? Or will they succumb to the powerful Femtheists? You'll have to read the book to find out.

I was certainly intrigued by The Last Man. The story has elements of humor, adventure and a definite political backstory, and for those readers that fear the maneuverings of the feminist political agenda, it will certainly give them a great deal to think about. Author Sean Williams has done a good job in writing a true work of action adventure, and has created vivid characters and settings that are likely to stay with his readers long after they have finished the story. Any reader who enjoys action adventure, stories that focus on the problematic aspects of feminism, or books about political extremism and the potential outcomes of such movements would certainly enjoy The Last Man. I will be interested to see what author Sean Williams comes out with next. If it's anything like The Last Man, it will certainly be worth a read!