My first exposure to author Tim Lebbon was his 2020 eco-horror novel Eden.
Having been one of my reads of the first year of the pandemic, I was quietly confident about his latest effort The Last Storm.
Here Lebbon goes for a post-apocalyptic theme as the world is ravaged and changed forever following the devastating effects of climate change.
Famine and deserts are the norm across swathes of North America, with rain considered a premium or some kind of devine intervention.
We follow a young woman who has a special gift, but it comes with a price. Separated from her family, we follow Jesse and her estranged parents as they look to reunite and figure out her gift and if it could save humanity.
The Last Storm while masquerading as a post-apocalyptic thriller is very much about family and Lebbon is clearly a wordsmith when it comes to crafting interesting and engaging characters.
Much like the best horror writers, Lebbon can make seemingly everyday activities into horrific scenarios, filled with tension.
Once you get your teeth into The Last Storm, you won’t want to put it down.
The Last Storm by Tim Lebbon is available from Titan Books on Tuesday 5 July 2022.