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Ove worries gossip cruelty kindness and trivia that dominated their final minute before tragedy struckAnd in the everyday story of an ordinary street look for clues to what happened and w. Here s the pitch ExplosionThat s The Last Minute hollywood y and hooky in its conceit and unbearably tense in its delivery This is 24 gone macro gone YA sixty seconds a cast of a hundred plus and a town about to face its darkest hour See I can t even precis it with going all movie voice It s written by Eleanor Updale classy author of the Montncy books and god it s good Written back to front as it were with the resolution of the minute staring you right in the face it s impossible to read this book calmly Even the chapter headings don t help each second goes by with a simple Tick Tock and it s just edge of your seat territory All the way You start to connect the dots and then just as you think you do Updale throws a curveball in your way I loved this Whilst the book itself was a healthy four almost five star rating for me I struggled to keep track of what was happening to whom at points an issue for me occasionally with novels of a massive cast what pulls it to a glorious five stars is the accompanying material Can I tell you how much I love this sort of thing If you go to this website you can see the official enuiry into the incident and several other pieces of supporting material This is brilliant just don t do it until after you finished the book because spoilers The Accidental Activist of an Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions ordinary street look for clues to what happened and w. Here s the pitch ExplosionThat s The Last Minute hollywood y and hooky in its conceit and unbearably tense in its delivery This is 24 gone macro gone YA sixty seconds a cast Brenda has a dragon in her blood of a hundred plus and a town about to face its darkest hour See I can t even precis it with going all movie voice It s written by Eleanor Updale classy author Divan Of Rudaki of the Montncy books and god it s good Written back to front as it were with the resolution Choice Stories for Children of the minute staring you right in the face it s impossible to read this book calmly Even the chapter headings don t help each second goes by with a simple Tick Tock and it s just edge Öbür Divan of your seat territory All the way You start to connect the dots and then just as you think you do Updale throws a curveball in your way I loved this Whilst the book itself was a healthy four almost five star rating for me I struggled to keep track Summary of Homo Deus of what was happening to whom at points an issue for me Koldbrann - parte 1: Rebeldes occasionally with novels The Teams Milking Cow of a massive cast what pulls it to a glorious five stars is the accompanying material Can I tell you how much I love this sort Via Suez (British): Blue Funnel Line (Merchant Navy Series Book 3) official enuiry into the incident and several Zenith other pieces A Pale Light in the Black of supporting material This is brilliant just don t do it until after you finished the book because spoilers

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The Last Minute

The people of Heathwick had been preparing for Christmas unaware that many would die and the rest would be transformed for ever Travel with them second by second through the hopes fears l. Mini review originally posted on Nightjar s Jar of BooksOne minute life in Heathwick was completely normal with the exception of some extremely inconvenient roadworks causing a massive traffic jam on the main road the next minute it was not A massive explosion kills sixty five people and injures dozens and speculation as to its origins run rampant This book is a countdown second by second of the lives of the people in Heathwick in the minute leading up to the explosion showing us snapshots of a few or in many cases the last seconds of their livesThere are a lot of people in this book A young mother expecting her second child a worker in a caf a politician who s cheating on his wife a reluctant teacher supervising a school trip and so on Many of them don t really stand out all that much and in fact I can t even remember a lot of their names but there were a couple that I enjoyed reading about In particular I liked Deanna and Paul the young lovers as well as the retired actress Lotte I also eventually grew uite fond of Matey a homeless man who likes to tell stories and I would ve liked to have heard the punchline of his very long jokeThe huge cast of characters and the second by second format also provide the book s greatest flaw though It s uite difficult to follow everything that s going on This many different mostly unrelated storylines are a lot to keep track of and the confusion isn t helped by the fact that the story is divided up by time rather than by plotline so we jump between different characters rapidly often switching scenes mid sentenceOn the other hand this format really increased the dramatic tension It didn t help me to connect with any of the characters but it really emphasised how uickly time was running out for them Individually none of the storylines were all that interesting and the book probably would ve been uite boring if it had followed each character up to the explosion and then gone back and started again with someone else Instead what this book delivers is a really great sense of the town itself as a character with its various different parts all contributing to a bigger wholeOne last note I don t know if this is Updale s doing or her publisher s David Fickling Books but the maps in this book are genius There s one at the beginning that shows the layout of Heathwick High Street which isn t that extraordinary but it s shown again at the end of the book with little person shaped markers for everyone who died It s pretty harrowing

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921am business as usual on a high street in England922am the explosions are heard for miles around and in the early confusion there is talk of a gas leak a plane crash and even terrorism. Some of these people only have a minute left to liveThe Last Minute takes place in Heathwick town centre before an explosion rips the place apart killing 65 Each second is a gradual build up adding to the tension of the final event What will be the cause of the devastation and who will be its victimsNeedless to say with a death toll of 65 this really is a cast of thousands and you d need to read the book in pretty much one sitting to keep a track of who everyone is This also made it impossible to go into any depth with the characterisations although Ms Updale did manage to produce several characters about whom I was concerned than others and then there were also the two magnificent carriage horsesAt the end of the book is the newspaper reportage of the explosion which was impossible to read on the Kindle but there is an on line site where it is possible to see this This also completes the book by discussing the possible cause of the explosionsFor me this was a clever idea that unfortunately didn t uite work by the time I d read sixty sets of one second events I d lost interest and certainly wasn t getting tense at the inevitable outcome Zenith on a high street in England922am the explosions are heard for miles around and in the early confusion there is talk A Pale Light in the Black of a gas leak a plane crash and even terrorism. Some Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves only have a minute left to liveThe Last Minute takes place in Heathwick town centre before an explosion rips the place apart killing 65 Each second is a gradual build up adding to the tension Spieserye of the final event What will be the cause Feral of the devastation and who will be its victimsNeedless to say with a death toll Krismis van Map Jacobs of 65 this really is a cast Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods of thousands and you d need to read the book in pretty much Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche one sitting to keep a track Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, of who everyone is This also made it impossible to go into any depth with the characterisations although Ms Updale did manage to produce several characters about whom I was concerned than Mensa Riddles Conundrums others and then there were also the two magnificent carriage horsesAt the end Julie of the Wolves of the book is the newspaper reportage The Right Swipe of the explosion which was impossible to read Touched on the Kindle but there is an Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa on line site where it is possible to see this This also completes the book by discussing the possible cause Ugly Fish of the explosionsFor me this was a clever idea that unfortunately didn t uite work by the time I d read sixty sets The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives of Little Gods one second events I d lost interest and certainly wasn t getting tense at the inevitable


10 thoughts on “The Last Minute

  1. says:

    Some of these people only have a minute left to liveThe Last Minute takes place in Heathwick town centre before an explosion rips the place apart killing 65 Each second is a gradual build up adding to the tension of the final event What will be the cause of the devastation and who will be its victims?Needless to say with a death toll of 65

  2. says:

    2013 seems to be the year for shocking contemporary novels that come out of nowhere grab the reader by the lapels and refuse to let go until we're all inanely babbling to everybody within the surrounding area that 'YOU HAVE TO READ THIS' The Last Minute is one of the first books I read in 2013 and even though it's taken me a while to get my thoughts straight enough to write a review I still remember the detail

  3. says:

    I read this in one sitting If I didn't I would have been totally lost when Matey finally reached the punch line

  4. says:

    It was a very interesting premise but not interesting in its execution There were too many characters which meant that there was no character development and no thoughtful observations on said characters and circumstances

  5. says:

    I absolutely loved the way The Last Minute is written it was so completely different to anything I've ever read before and I found it practically impossible to put the book down It reminded me of the TV series 24 except instead of each episode covering an hour long time period each chapter of the story covers on

  6. says:

    Mini review originally posted on Nightjar's Jar of BooksOne minute life in Heathwick was completely normal with the exception of some extremely inconvenient roadworks causing a massive traffic jam on the main roa

  7. says:

    The Last Minute is at times a hard book to read It tells the story of a uiet high street and its inhabitants going about their everyday lives one minute before a huge explosion changes everything Each chapter is one second of that minute as

  8. says:

    Here's the pitch ExplosionThat's The Last Minute hollywood y and hooky in its conceit and unbearably tense in its delivery This is 24 gone macro gone YA sixty seconds a cast of a hundred plus and a town about to face its darkest hour See I can't even precis it with going all movie voice It's written by Eleanor Updale classy author of the Montncy books and god it's good Written back to front as it were with the resolution of the minute sta

  9. says:

    Initially I really liked the premise of this novel Written in 'real time' Updale's tale explores the 60 seconds leading up to an explosion that devastates a local high street claiming 65 lives It serves to highlight both the significance and th

  10. says:

    I could not put this book down even as a sense of rising panic came over me The story begins after a series of devastating

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