Last Things
Last Things
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Annotation: As front man of the metal band, Last Things, Anders Thorson is unusually gifted for a teenager, but strange things in the Minnesota woods near his hometown are threatening him, and new girl Thea says she is there to protect him, but that may not be the whole truth.
Catalog Number: #183943
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 402 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-287506-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-287506-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018045967
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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"Giving your whole self to something 's huge. I know. But sometimes that's what the music demands. . . . Sometimes it demands a sacrifice." Teen front-man Anders and his metal band, Last Things, have gone from "pretty good" to incredible in record time. They routinely pack their Minnesota town's coffeehouse with adoring fans and industry scouts. Anders wants to believe hard work and talent are the reasons, but deep down, he knows it's thanks to a strange conversation he had in the woods two years ago. Since then, songs possess him, pouring out fully formed, and he's become impossibly skilled with the guitar. He's also gained a stalker, Thea. Thea is new to town and has a secret, too: she can see the dark things waiting in the woods. West uses evocative language, including song lyrics, to enhance the ominous atmosphere in this updated Faustian thriller; her pitch-perfect depiction of music conjures pulse-pounding concerts and Anders' passion for metal. A dark and lovely saga, ideal for fans of Brenna Yovanoff and Holly Black.
Kirkus Reviews
A secret war comes to a small Minnesota town as teenagers fight both literal and figurative demons.Lit up by the inspired writing and axe work of frontman Anders Thorson, the metal band Last Things has begun to draw more than local notice even though its members aren't yet out of high school. But along with uneasy memories of a conversation with a strange visitor who left him with a guitar and a promise that all his dreams of rock stardom would be coming true, Anders is increasingly weighed down with a feeling that his wild talents came out of nowhere and could just as easily disappear. There's something to that insight, it turns out—as in alternating chapters Thea, a peculiarly inconspicuous recent arrival, sees the seemingly ordinary town hemmed in by dark forces and Anders in imminent danger of surrendering to them out of ignorance. West (The Collectors, 2018, etc.) goes for a slow build while framing her two narrators as one music-smitten teen approaching a realistic stay-or-go crossroads in his life and another who could well be just an oddball….Anders eventually finds not only his music, but the very lives of everyone he cares about threatened. Fortunately, come the wild, scary climax, Thea turns out to be much more than she appears. The cast is evidently all white.A little patience pays ample dividends in a suspenseful tale wrought from power chords, creeping darkness, and disquieting twists. (Fantasy. 13-16)
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 6-8

When strange things start happening to local music idol Anders Thorson, everyone blames his number-one-fan, Thea. But is she out to hurt him? Or protect him? "New York Times"Dbestselling author West creates an atmospheric, fast-paced story about the cost of talent--and the evil that lurks just out of sight.

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