The Last Human
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The Last Human

by Zack Jordan
Release date: March 24, 2020
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictionspace opera

The last human in the universe is on the run from a godlike intelligence in this rip-roaring debut space opera.

Sarya is the galaxy's worst nightmare: a Human.

Fortunately, she's the last one.

Adopted and raised by a terrifying, fiercely maternal spider-like alien, Sarya has lived on a space station her entire life, keeping her identity as a galactic boogeyman secret even as she puzzles over the impossible questions behind her own existence. How it is that she, and she alone, is the sole survivor of a race that was supposedly wiped out centuries ago? Who - or what - has set itself against humanity? And what made the Humans so special - or so frightening - that they warranted such treatment?

When a strange visitor recognizes Sarya as Human and makes her an irresistible offer, she's convinced she's about to get the answers she needs - until a series of vicious attacks leaves her world shattered. Suddenly she's running for her life, a step ahead of rioting inhabitants and terrifying enforcers. Together with a band of misfits and cutthroats - including a sentient spacesuit, a pint-sized alien genius named Sandy, and a borderline-immortal android - she makes for the depths of space aboard a stolen ship, in search of the truth behind her existence.

What she discovers is that humanity's death was but one chess move in a war played out across light-years and centuries, by beings with minds so vast and alien that they might as well be gods. Amongst their manipulations, Sarya might - just might - see a path to giving humanity a second chance. But to walk it, she'll have to make a terrible choice... and become something greater, and more alien, than she ever imagined

(updated 2020-03-24)

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