The Last Minute ePUB ´ The Last eBook Ú

The Last Minute ePUB ´ The Last  eBook Ú am business as usual on a high street in Englandam the explosions are heard for miles around, and in the early confusion there is talk of a gas leak, a plane crash, and even terrorismThe 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, love, 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 why


10 thoughts on “The Last Minute

  1. DubaiReader DubaiReader says:

    Some of these people only have a minute left to live.The 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 tensio


  2. Carly Carly 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 details like I read it yesterday This is, simply put, one of the most incredible books I 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 details like I read it yesterday This is, simply put, one of the most incredible books I ve ever read.The premise and structure of this novel are both unique and these factors alone are enough to keep interest up from beginning to end but when you add in a fantastic cast of characters, distinctive voices and accomplished writing you get something that feels really, really special I m genuinely excited by this book and I know I ll be recommending it for a long, long time to come It has absolute crossover appeal and think boys, girls, men and women will love it it s a tricky one to categorise because I don t think it really fits the conventions of an adult or a YA novel But, then, I think some of the greatest novels out there appeal to everybody and are difficult to pin down.One of the strengths of The Last Minute is how much freedom the author gives the reader to make their own decisions about key elements in the story We start the book knowing there has been a devastating explosion on a high street in the small UK town of Heathwick, situated close to one of the country s main airports no prizes for guessing how the name came about Often I think knowing the ending of a book at the beginning can detract from the enjoyment, as there are no stakes, but when we know the outcome is devastating it just makes for an evengripping read It was in the back of my mind the whole time I was reading this one that something terrible was going to happen to the characters I was bonding it I didn t know who would survive the explosion, or what would cause it, I just knew it would happen I had favourite characters I was rooting for from the outset and Eleanor Updale did an amazing job of building up likable complex characters through hardly any page time As I said before, the amount of characters involved is huge but I didn t find myself getting confused by who each chapter focused on, simply because the voice of each character and their stories were so distinctive.Throughout The Last Minute there are major clues about a host of different disasters that could cause the explosion on Heathwick s main street Some are clearly major incidents but then there are a fewlow key accidents that are subtly hinted at I loved trying to figure out what was going to cause the explosion and I did find myself horribly aware that there was some major stereotyping going on with the premature conclusions I came too It s not good but I m going to hold my hands up and be honest I do think the author must have been trying to prove a point with this and I m hoping a lot of readers made the same initial judgements as me otherwise I just feel bad as a person The climax of The Last Minute is staggering I knew what was coming, I knew the seconds were ticking away but nothing could prepare me for the final pages of the book The fact I knew the ending before I started and it still shocked me that s a serious feat right there After I finished the book I had to sit and process it before I could move on to read anything else I was in complete shock, there was so much I needed to get straight in my head and I still think about this one all the time It s a book that will truly linger with you.I m going to keep this last bit vague but I will say that there is a great deal of extra content with The Last Minute I m a huge, huge fan of extra content and what you can discover about The Last Minute after reading the book is some of the best I ve ever seen Mixed media, online content and additional information in the book is all present and the audience is truly left to draw their own conclusions, which I loved The amount of work that must have gone into both writing The Last Minute and preparing the campaign for it is staggering and I honestly hope this review has made you tempted to read this wonderful, unique book


  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    I read this in one sitting If I didn t, I would have been totally lost when Matey finally reached the punch line of his joke.The format and idea are very interesting, and unlike any other book I have ever read Based off of


  4. Samantha Mays Samantha Mays 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 I fou


  5. Sarah Sarah 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


  6. Frances Frances says:

    Mini review originally posted on Nightjar s Jar of Books.One 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


  7. Jenny / Wondrous Reads Jenny / Wondrous Reads says:

    The Last Minute is, at times, a hard book to read It tells the story of a quiet 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 minu


  8. Louise / Daisy May Johnson Louise / Daisy May Johnson 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


  9. Karen Karen 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 the


  10. Pauline Pauline 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 explosions rock the High Street of a little town just outside a major airport Each chapter then counts down the final seconds of


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