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The last thing I remember /

The last thing I remember /
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Klavan, Andrew.
Copies: 14; Reserves: 0

Awakening to find himself strapped in a chair and missing his last year of memories, former promising teen Charlie West manages a desperate escape only to discover that he has been convicted of murdering his best friend and working with terrorists.
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YA F Klavan Andrew BT In at BT (Boone's Trail)
YA F Klavan Andrew CP Due Sep 10 2014
YA F Klavan Andrew DE In at DE (Library Express at Discovery Village)
YA F Klavan Andrew DE In at DE (Library Express at Discovery Village)
YA F Klavan Andrew DR Due Sep 17 2014
YA F Klavan Andrew KL In at KL (Kathryn Linnemann)
YA F Klavan Andrew KR In at KR (Kisker Road)
YA F Klavan Andrew MK Due Sep 7 2014
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YA F Klavan Andrew SP In at SP (Spencer Road)
YA F Klavan Andrew SP Due Sep 23 2014
YA F Klavan Andrew SP Due Sep 29 2014


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Control No. 722835
LCCN 2009001857
ISBN 9781595546074 (hardcover)
ISBN 1595546073 (hardcover)
ISBN 9781595545862 (pbk)
Author Klavan Andrew
Title The last thing I remember / -- by Andrew Klavan.
Publisher Information Nashville, Tenn. : -- Thomas Nelson, -- c2009.
Physical Description 346 p. ; -- 22 cm.
Series Statement The Homelanders ; -- bk. 1
Summary High school student Charlie West awakens bloody and bruised in a concrete bunker, only to discover that he has lost a year of his life and remembers nothing about escaping from prison after being convicted of murdering his former best friend, or why he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to bring down the government of the United States.
Subject Adventure stories
Subject Fugitives from justice Fiction
Subject Adventure and adventurers Fiction
Subject Amnesia Fiction
Subject Terrorism Fiction
Subject - Local Young adult literature
Alternate Author Klavan Andrew




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Annotation 1 Awakening to find himself strapped in a chair and missing his last year of memories, former promising teen Charlie West manages a desperate escape only to discover that he has been convicted of murdering his best friend and working with terrorists.

Annotation 2 Charlie West wakes up to the discovery that he has amnesia and remembers nothing about escaping from prison or why he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to bring down the government of the United States.

Annotation 3

Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare.

He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death.

The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things--working on his homework, practicing karate, daydreaming of becoming an air force pilot, writing a pretty girl's number on his hand. How long ago was that? Where is he now? Who is he really?

And more to the point . . . how is he going to get out of this room alive?

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 reviews (4)


Booklist Reviews 2008 December #2
"Charlie is a squeaky-clean high-schooler who gets good grades, dreams about joining the Air Force, and loves practicing his karate—and it s this last skill that comes in especially handy when he wakes up tied to a chair next to a tableau of torture instruments. In an attempt to understand how he landed in such dire straits, he flashes back to the last thing he remembers: a seemingly typical day at school. So begins the fantastic first half of this post-9/11 thriller in which each bit of recovered memory directly informs how Charlie deals with his mysterious captors. The excitement plateaus once Charlie escapes and realizes that he s wanted by more than just a band of terrorists, but the chase scenes, gunfire, and fistfights never let up. The rah-rah patriotism may put off some readers, particularly given Charlie s apparent unwillingness to moderate his black-and-white views. On the other hand, this is just the first book in the Homelanders series, so there is still plenty of time for Charlie to develop shades of gray." Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 March #1
When high schooler Charlie West wakes up in a torture chamber, the last thing he remembers is a normal day. He escapes the torturers who "look foreign" only to find he's wanted for the murder of his former friend Alex, who'd fallen in with a bad crowd and lost his faith. Captured by the police, Charlie escapes with the help of persons unknown and stops a plot to kill the Secretary of Homeland Security before racing off to clear his name. Edgar winner Klavan's first of a series for teens could not be more of a mess. His idea of high school seems to come entirely from after-school specials, and the characters never rise above clichés. The tension surrounding Charlie's escape in the first half is continually undercut by alternating chapters of told-not-shown memories of his previous life; the ending is not so much a cliffhanger as an abrupt termination of the story in midstream. This jingoistic paranoia might still play in some quarters, but it is to be hoped that its time is passing. Save your thriller dollars for better. (Thriller. YA) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

PW Reviews 2009 March #5

The first young adult novel from Edgar-winner Klavan, which kicks off the Homelanders series, offers fast-paced action sequences, but disappoints with a weak plot. Charlie West is a good student, a black belt at karate and has finally asked out his dream girl. One night, he goes to sleep and wakes up to find himself one year in the future at a secret compound, with no memory of what's happened to him. He manages to escape, and as he evades his former captors. he discovers that he's also a fugitive from the law and has somehow been drawn into an Islamist terrorist conspiracy. Details of the last day Charlie remembers are slowly filled in over the course of his escape, but the most intriguing parts of the novel are the present-day action sequences; although Charlie often gets lucky, he's also very capable of recognizing that luck and taking advantage of opportunities when they arise. Unfortunately, he's never really given any room to grow in his personal beliefs or character, with his certainty that he's always correct consistently getting reinforced throughout. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)

[Page 53]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

SLJ Reviews 2009 August

Gr 7–10—Charlie West lived the life of an ordinary teenager—good student, black belt in karate, motivated—until he wakes up strapped in a chair next to a table of blood-splattered instruments of torture. He manages to escape from his unknown captors only to discover that an entire year has passed, of which he remembers nothing. Finding himself pursued by those he perceived as the "good guys," he must run to save himself and to discover the truth. Yet when Charlie learns of a plot to assassinate a government official, he risks all to save a stranger. This first book in the series may lack cohesiveness, but it remains a compelling thriller. The first half unfolds in painstaking, if not excruciating, detail, while the second half speeds to an ending with no real resolution. Readers presumably will have to hope that the sequel will explain more fully this tightly wound mystery. Klavan spends a good deal of time aptly portraying Charlie and other key figures, but some patriotic characters may come across as overzealous and off-putting.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ

[Page 106]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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