Title: The Only Ones (Click to add to your Goodreads!)
Author: Aaron Starmer
Maturity Level: YA. Some violence and disturbing imagery.
You May Like This Book if: you enjoyed Lord of the Flies, The Maze Runner, or The Hunger Games.
You May NOT Like This Book if: you’re not fond of post-apocalyptic tales.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.
Martin Maple knows a terrible truth. He and the rest of the children who live in the commune that they have called Xibalba were not only left, but Forgotten. All of the adults in the world disappeared on one fateful Day, and the children are now alone. But according to the animal-whispering “prophet” Nigel, Martin has the capacity to bring them back—and he just might be right.
I really, really enjoyed this book. It was very dreamlike and beautiful, if occasionally confusing. The paradox was very well done, and I really enjoyed the wistful, nostalgic finality of the last two pages. Martin was a very relatable main character for me, and I was pretty attached to Darla, Lane, Marjorie, and Nigel as well. The only thing that I didn’t like was that I really didn’t understand why Henry pulled his little stunt towards the end—it didn’t match with his prior characterization and kind of seemed to come right out of the blue.
Overall, this is a lovely little post-apocalyptic tale with a wonderful little paradox woven into it. Starmer’s really accomplished something here, and this book is definitely one of my favorites that I’ve read so far in 2012. Well done, Mister Starmer. Well done.
- The Forgotten. Loved all their distinct personalities and the way in which their society functioned.
- Martin’s childhood. I loved that he learned through books—something that I can really relate to.
- The paradox.
- The last 2 pages. So lovely.
- Henry’s little stunt didn’t make any sense to me.
Favorite Scene (s)
- Pg 18-20, when Martin is busy learning about the outside world through books. Really struck a chord with me.
- Pg 58-64. I love this hands-on concept of the Internet.
- Pg 318-319. Just so beautiful.
Favorite Line (s): “I’m sure your kitten is a prodigy.” ~ Darla to Marjorie, pg 245.
Star Rating on Goodreads: 5 stars.
Final Grade: A+. Such a lovely book. I’ll be keeping an eye out for Starmer in the future.