THE LAST DAY
Andrew Hunter Murray PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
Due to some cosmic misfortune, the Earth has ceased turning. Civilisation has descended into chaos and Britain – and Ireland, which is briefly mentioned as doing well – stands as one of the last inhabitable zones. As pitches go, the one for the debut novel by Hunter Murray – a QI researcher as well as a popular podcaster – is a good one.
As the world is both lost to darkness and burning in the sun’s constant glare, scientist Ellen Hooper tries to uncover the meaning behind a letter from her former tutor Edward Thorne. He was once among the most powerful people in the country, alongside the dictatorial Big Brother, Davenport.
In addition to masterfully painting a world on the brink of extinguishment – America and China are lost to eternal night, there’s a new slave class, and you’d be well advised to stay out of the forests – Hunter Murray provides a top-notch plot that proves riveting until the very end.