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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite
Earl T. Roske’s Last Wave imagines a world where humans are quickly becoming extinct due to a genetic accident that has left everyone sterile. Those born last live longer due to miraculous medical procedures carried out in automated medical centers capable of replicating even the most vital organs. As the world’s population shrinks, and the landscape inexorably reverts back to nature, Acharon, 145 years old and quite skilled, works over decades, building a haven for him and his equally as old and computer astute wife, Sovelet, where they can live out their lives in peace. Then, one day they must make a desperate trip back into the city they once fled in search of medical treatment for Sovelet. Will those who once threatened their lives and freedom still be there? And what of the animals, both domesticated and wild, once held in check by humankind but now free to roam anywhere and adapt?
In Last Wave, Earl T. Roske has created a story that is fantastical yet believable. Here are familiar places much altered and still being altered by the passage of years and the patience of unstoppable nature. There is no perfect resolution to the ultimate dilemma faced by Acharon and Sovelet, but I was enthralled by their life and death struggle to survive in a landscape that is now more wilderness than man-made. I found Acharon and Sovelet’s problem-solving skills particularly well explained, and of the questions asked by the characters, the one I found the most poignant is: What is the use of an extended life with no children and no future to hand to them Meticulously thought out and written, Last Wave is particularly well worth your time! A compellingly written dystopian story.