The Last Christian

The Last Christian

Book - 2010
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Abby, a Christian missionary raised in New Guinea, goes to America only to discover a nation where Christianity has completely died out. She must face the spiritual implications of transhumanity-- humans with replacement silicon brains that promise eternal life but make impossible personal connection with God.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : Waterbrook Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781400074976
Branch Call Number: GREGORY
Characteristics: viii, 407 p. ; 21 cm


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hapiatlast Nov 27, 2011

Absolutely disliked this book. The story called for a huge suspension of reality. The main character Abigail was whiney, unlikable and arrogant.

The book left some glaring holes and unanswered questions. What happened to Abigail's brother?

I had to constantly remind myself that Abigail was a grown women and not the teenager that she sounded like.

Also concerning me was the way the natives were portrayed. It bordered on racist. The implication that the natives were willing to hand over their children to the missionary without a look back, I found morally repugnant.

I would not recommend this book at all.

Cdnbookworm Jul 04, 2011

This is a thriller set in the year 2088, a time when Christianity has disappeared from North America. Abigail Caldwell emerges from a jungle village in Papua New Guinea, the sole survivor of a mysterious illness that killed the other villagers. Abby's parents were missionaries to the local Isisi tribe, and Abby lived her whole life there. Abby is assisted in making her way back to her parents' home country of the United States by an American doctor working in Papua New Guinea. She is forwarded an old message left for her at the mission offices by her grandfather saying that he and her grandmother felt that her mission was to reintroduce the Christian faith in America.
There is also another force at work in the US. The leading manufacterer of artificial intelligence has perfected a technique to download the human brain to a silicon device. Brain transplants have begun and the manufacterer is looking to enlarge his market by getting government funding for the operation. How determined are these people to achieve their goal? And is the technique really perfect or does it come at a cost? These two questions are the core of the plot, and keep things moving along.
Abby is an intelligent person with a one-track mind. Her intensity and focus moves those around her to assist in her actions. An interesting read, but a bit forced at times.

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