The Last Harvest

The Last Harvest

by Kim Liggett

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The Last Harvest 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a gorgeous balance of spooky, fun, morbid, and interesting. I love the small town style and I always appreciate a good book that isn’t afraid to end without a happy, rainbow ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Are we sure this is a YA novel? Wow, this one was good! I loved everything about it. It reminded me of the good horror films from my teen years where not everything was spelled out but you went with the flow of it because you were high on adrenaline and anticipation. It’s like those slasher films where you’re telling the main character don’t do this and don’t that because good heavens don’t they ever watch TV and know that hideous things happen when they do that. I felt like that when I was reading this novel. I found myself asking the main character what the heck he was doing plenty of times, but Clay had lots on his mind and some of the time, I think Clay had no idea what awaited him. Clay was born into this organization, this lot of individuals, this mess that his father tried to escape but now it was up to Clay to take matters into his own hands. One year ago, Clay found his father in their neighbor’s barn, dying. Holding a crucifix, he was mumbling words about blood and ever since then, his family has been overlooked. This morning while harvesting this year’s wheat, Clay hit a dead calf and the memories of his father’s death come charging back. The nearest cattle ranch is miles away so how the calf got in the wheat field concerns Clay. Clay feels it has something to do with the Preservation Society, the group that his father belonged to. This society is a group of the founding fathers of their community and today is the anniversary of his father’s death, Clay feels that someone placed the calf in their field. Clay never took his father’s place in the Preservation Society when he died but many of his peers whose fathers are also on the committee have joined and created their own small group and Clay intends to confront someone about this calf. What Clay discovers firsthand when he tries to confront this group shocks and confuses him. What are these individuals doing, what is wrong with them? Clay doesn’t mess around, he has a lot at stake so he gets more individuals involved to get to the bottom of things and as he does, the confusion builds, the stories become more convincing and the drama intensifies. I was on the edge of my seat, these characters moving with intent, where? That was what concerned me. There was talk about an exorcism as the Devil was among them, the invitations were out but had everyone received one? Who was the telling the truth and who was lying to save themselves, such convincing stories. Each of them giving compelling evidence, who was Clay supposed to believe. I enjoyed so many different parts of this novel, it was entertaining and as the story began to close, I had to smile for it was nothing like I expected. I think it happened too fast for one and it just was too much and that is why I am taking .5 off my review. But what can I expect, no one is perfect.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
When I first heard Kim talking about this book at Books of Wonder last fall, I knew I had to get my hands on it. She pitched it as Friday Night Lights meets Rosemary's Baby, which is both awesome and creepy at the same time. I definitely saw the similarities to both, and how she tied the two together was pretty neat. I really enjoyed reading through this one and I loved that I didn't want to put it down—except sometimes I did, because I got creeped out and was a bit afraid a creepy doll would be in my face if I woke up in the middle of the night. I really enjoyed Clay's character and my heart definitely felt for him. Having tragically lost his dad the previous year to extraneous conditions, he is the man of the house and has to take care of his two younger sisters and his disconnected mother. All the while, he has to take care of the farm and make sure the harvest is ready before the first frost comes. As if that isn't enough, Clay is getting some pressure from the weird founding fathers society the town has going on and they want him to take his rightful place along with 5 others—one of which is a girl he desperately loves. It's a lot for a guy! His voice felt realistic and I felt I was right there in Midland with him. I think Liggett did a great job of piecing everything together and keeping us guessing. I can easily envision this as a horror movie, in fact, it reminded me a bit of that Demi Moore movie The Seventh Sign. Religious things creep me out the most, so I was definitely a bit freaked out during this one. To say I would scream in a theater is this were a movie, would be an understatement!
Van_shortandsweetreviews More than 1 year ago
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a good horror story, and The Last Harvest fit the bill perfectly. The Last Harvest takes place in a small town in Oklahoma involving teens, a secret society, nightmares and visions, and a prophecy…which happens to be everything I like in a story! Liggett hooked me in within the first chapter, building on the creep factor as we flashback briefly to the night Clay’s dad died. The Last Harvest paid homage to old school horror, classic horror where we get a sense of something ominous coming, it’s a steady and gradual build, like the perfect slow burn before the big reveal. Liggett nailed everything about this book, from the plot, the setting, to the realistic and relatable characters. If you’re the squeamish type, then this book might not be for you. Liggett spectacularly details all the horrible and gory things that happened to the people around Clay and it’s pretty graphic at time. Liggett also did an amazing job crafting and incorporating the religious aspects to the story. Although, at first I thought that it sounded too preachy but as the story progressed, I realized that she wasn’t being preachy at all; that this is exactly what the story needed and in my opinion all the better for it. There was a lot to like about Clay. Before his father’s death he had it all, the girl, popularity, a football star, basically the town’s favorite. But the year after his dad died, it was as if everything was stripped from him. He and his family became outcasts, the black sheeps of the town. I admired Clay for stepping up and putting everything aside to support his family; even going as far as saving all his money to put his youngest sister through a private school. The other 6th generation of the Preservation Society were all very well fleshed out and developed. Although, readers will only come to know a little more than what’s on the surface when it comes to Clay, Ali and Tyler. I still thought Liggett made every one uniquely their own and most importantly still memorable enough in terms of secondary/tertiary characters. The Last Harvest exceeded all my expectations. It is the best horror story I’ve read in a long time and the best, most shocking twisted endings I’ve read in years! Liggett throws readers in for a loop, with twist after twist and just when you thought you knew everything…she proves you wrong. Oh so wrong. I never would have guessed that ending if you gave me a bunch of chances. It completely surprised me, and to me, those are the best story, the best kind of endings. I know I used the word ‘best’ about 5 times in a paragraph…but it’s just that kind of book! I highly recommend checking out The Last Harvest, you won’t be disappointed!