Page Count 368
Publication date July 2022
-Struck by famine and drought, large swathes of North America are now known as the Desert. Set against this mythic and vast backdrop, The Last Storm is a timely story of a family of Rainmakers whose rare and arcane gift has become a curse.
Jesse stopped rainmaking the moment his abilities became deadly, bringing down not just rain but scorpions, strange snakes and spiders. He thought he could help a land suffering from climate catastrophe, but he was wrong. When his daughter Ash inherited the tainted gift carried down the family bloodline, Jesse did his best to stop her. His attempt went tragically wrong, and ever since then he has believed himself responsible for his daughter’s death.
But now his wife Karina––who never gave up looking for their daughter—brings news that Ash is still alive. And she’s rainmaking again. Terrified of what she might bring down upon the desperate communities of the Desert, the estranged couple set out across the desolate landscape to find her. But Jesse and Karina are not the only ones looking for Ash. As the storms she conjures become more violent and deadly, some follow her seeking hope. And one is hungry for revenge.
Lebbon has been an autobuy author for me since reading The Silence and he never disappoints.
The Last Storm takes place in a near future where the earth is drying out, a scarily feasible concept.
Long estranged couple Jesse and Karina traverse the American desert in search of their missing daughter Ash, the last in the family line of ‘Rainmakers’. Believed by most to be an urban legend, Jesse’s lineage inherit the ability to bring rain to the area they inhabit. But there’s something more than just water falling from the skies and Jesse couldn’t control it.. but can Ash?
I didn’t connect emotionally with the family but still became invested in the parents determination to overcome their past in a race to save their daughter. It’s hard not to be impressed by the strength and willing sacrifices people make for their children and Lebbon depicted this well.
I’m a big fan of Lebbon’s creature creations and The Last Storm has plenty in store alongside the very real threat of an uncontrollable climate.
Told in third from the perspectives of Ash, Jesse, Karina and nemesis Jimi, we switch between current and past time lines discovering the shocking truth of how the family became estranged.
The Last Storm is a fast-paced, apocalyptic revenge ride with a brutal finale. Perfect for fans of Mad Max.