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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The Last Man: Final Bout by Sean Williams is a dystopian military novel and the last book of the Last Man trilogy, preceded by book one, The Last Man, and book two, The Last Man: Rise of the Pink Army. The series as a whole revolves around a systemic ideological objective set in motion by a creed of Femtheism; a dogmatic agenda that puts women entirely in charge of every aspect of life globally. The number of men decreases to a minute fractional percentage, and even those who live in this new society do so out of necessity to the women they lawfully serve. War is inevitable, but who leads the charge has been the build-up throughout the first two books as the main protagonist, the hardened Supreme Commander Ian, who has now battled across the globe against the highest order of Femtheists, and forges forward in a final stand for gender survival and unrestricted democracy as the last man.
In a literary world where there are very few fresh takes on ideas, The Last Man series stands out for the ingenuity of the plot by its author Sean Williams and, specifically, in The Last Man: Final Bout. One of the most incredible parts about following a writer from the start of a trilogy to its conclusion is that you really witness the evolution and growth that naturally occurs in their work. I read book one and loved the premise but wasn't entirely sold on the work. I read book two because I really needed to see where it was going, and found the literary aspects elevated immensely. Now in book three, Williams proves that his work is worth believing in as he gives readers a wonderfully immersive world that is almost cinematic in description and dialogue that feels authentic, and breathes life into characters new and old. I enjoyed the first-person point of view and the fact that we are also given a fly-on-the-wall perspective of major Femtheists in the third. Overall, this is a brilliant end to a trilogy that has come a long way and I am so glad I kept reading. Very highly recommended.