The Last Gifts of the Universe by Rory August

Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Friendship
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Finalist: Writing the Future We Need: Nonbinary Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Writing the Future We Need: LGBTQ+ Representation
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Debut
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Side Character MVP
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Finalist: Most Optimistic
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Funniest
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Wittiest Character
Indie Ink Awards 2022 Nominee: Best Light Read

A dying universe. When the Home worlds finally achieved the technology to venture out into the stars, they found a graveyard of dead civilizations, a sea of lifeless gray planets and their ruins. What befell them is unknown. All Home knows is that they are the last civilization left in the universe, and whatever came for the others will come for them next. A search for answers. Scout is an Archivist tasked with scouring the dead worlds of the cosmos for their last gifts: interesting technology, cultural rituals—anything left behind that might be useful to the Home worlds and their survival. During an excavation on a lifeless planet, Scout unearths something unbelievable: a surviving message from an alien who witnessed the world-ending entity thousands of years ago. A past unraveled. Blyreena was once a friend, a soul mate, and a respected leader of her people, the Stelhari. At the end of her world, she was the last one left. She survived to give one last message, one final hope to the future: instructions on how to save the universe. An adventure at the end of a trillion lifetimes. With the fate of everything at stake, Scout must overcome the dangers of the Stelhari’s ruined civilization while following Blyreena’s leads to collect its artifacts. If Scout can’t deliver these groundbreaking discoveries back to the Archivists, Home might not only be the last civilization to exist, but the last to finally fall.

AdultScience Fiction/ExplorationScience FictionLiterary FictionDiversity Representation/Own Voices LGBTQ+


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Worldbuilding: Aided the story
Plot: Straightforward
Characters: Roles are clear
Storytelling: Balanced
Immersion: Didn’t want to put the book down
Emotional Response: Strong emotions
Thought Provoking: New ideas came up
Cover: Matches the story well
Content Warnings: death, grief

This is an absolutely brilliant, poignant book filled with characters who come alive (Pumpkin!) and deep musings on the nature of life.


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