Title: The Last Book You’ll Ever Read: The Complete Series by Cullen Bunn & Others
Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror
Synopsis: A supernatural horror thriller for readers of Chuck Palahniuk (Lullaby and Haunted: A Novel), Marisha Pessl,(Night Film), and Scarlett Thomas (The End of Mr. Y), The Last Book You’ll Ever Read tells the terrifying story of a woman who knows the horrific truth about the past – and future – of humankind, and, when captured in her book SATYR, it becomes the catalyst for worldwide, mind-numbing violence.
Read this book at your own peril.
Olivia Kade wrote the book that ended the world. Now she needs someone who won’t read it.
Civilization is a lie. Hidden deep in our genes is the truth. And it is slowly clawing its way to the surface. Olivia Kade knows the truth, and she has become the prophet of the coming collapse. Her book, SATYR, is an international bestseller, and it is being blamed for acts of senseless violence and bloodshed all over the world. Olivia’s own life is in danger from those who have read her work. Determined to conduct a book tour, she hires security professional Connor Wilson to act as her bodyguard. She only has one requirement: he cannot read her work.
John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness meets Chuck Palahniuk’s Lullaby in this terrifyingly dangerous tale of the descent of humankind where reality and fantasy collide.
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Rating: 3.75 Stars
This might be the manga in me but I’ve never really got on with western graphic novel because I always felt there was too much dialogue. I personally believe that graphic novels, manga, comics anything in a visual format like this should let the art tell the story except where it is absolutely necessary to put dialogue in which is the way manga works but since this is a horror graphic novel I was willing to give it a shot since the only western graphic novel I have liked in the past is The Walking Dead. All I knew about the story going into it was we are following an author who wrote a book that literally ended the world and we are following the fallout of that event. The basic premise of the novel is that we are following Olivia Kade who wrote Satyr, the book that people are blaming for more violent action and death in the world. While Olivia does hire security in Connor Wilson she treat the whole situation very flippantly even continuing with her book tour despite the increasing amount of violence aimed towards her.
Very quickly Olivia and Connor’s relationship goes from professional to sexual which I anticipated from their first meeting as she comes onto him quite strongly. Throughout the numerous attacks on her person, Olivia continues to move forward with the tour written the actions off as those of protestors who don’t like what she has written but there seems to be something evil manipulating everything known as the Wilding or the devil if you look at its depiction in the graphic novel. After encountering a cult which have a much older copy of Olivia’s book she realises that those aren’t her words and that she was selected to write it but the Wilding and now it wants her to become a sacrifice for it but she refuses and Connor also protects her. In their intimate moments we can see several demonic shifts in Olivia’s appearance and Connor’s as well as the story progresses but both refuse to give into that urge inside them.
Eventually as the book predicted the world begins collapses along with humanity and there seems to be only Connor and Olivia who are unaffected looking for somewhere safe to hide but there doesn’t seem to be such a place anymore. The ending of the last volume was ambiguous with Connor being told that the Wilding can’t be killed only made and he challenges that logic making me think he is going to try and fight the devil himself to keep him and Olivia safe. I am not a fan of ambiguous endings especially in graphic novels so that didn’t sit well with me but I am unsure if this is the end of the series or whether there will be more volumes in the future. I would recommend this for fans of movies like Evil Dead and Midsommer since they have similar vibes to this series but overall, it was really my cup of tea but the artwork was amazing having that 80’s style to it with a touch of noir horror which was something I appreciate.
About Cullen Bunn:
Cullen Bunn is a New York Times bestselling author and prolific writer of horror/supernatural comics series and graphic novels including THE SIXTH GUN, HARROW COUNTY, BONE PARISH, THE DAMNED, THE EMPTY MAN, THE GHOUL NEXT DOOR, BASILISK, SHADOWMAN, and many other titles including The Last Book You’ll Ever Read for Vault Comics. He has fought for his life against mountain lions and performed on stage as the World’s Youngest Hypnotist.
About Leila Leiz:
Born and raised in France now living in Italy, Leila Leiz is a self-taught artist who worked for several years at European publishers including Soleil and Sergio Bonelli before fulfilling her lifelong dream of making the leap to American comics. Best known for her work on Paul Jenkins’ ALTERS for AfterShock and Horde with Marguerite Bennet, she has also worked on 451 Media’s NVRLND and was a contributor to AfterShock’s SHOCK anthology. She is working on M.O.M with Emila Clark (from Game of Thrones) and Marguerite Bennet for Image Comics and The Last Book You’ll Ever Read with Cullen Bunn for Vault Comics. Leila has a HUGE Instagram following: 77,200 followers (!) and 9.2K Facebook followers
I received this review copy for consideration from Rockstar Book Tours.