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The past lies like a nightmare over the world. Two hundred years after the War when atomic fire rained from the skies and burned the world to cinders, human civilization has had time to rebuild within the burned-out husk of Old America. But the old terrors of the past still persist, and while some work to build a better world, others still dream of reclaiming the glory of t The past lies like a nightmare over the world. Two hundred years after the War when atomic fire rained from the skies and burned the world to cinders, human civilization has had time to rebuild within the burned-out husk of Old America. But the old terrors of the past still persist, and while some work to build a better world, others still dream of reclaiming the glory of the Old World. In southern Appalachia, political commissar Magnolia Blackadder is sent on a mission into the irradiated Exclusion Zone of Old DC, where an evil that humanity thought it had vanquished centuries ago is waking up and rebuilding its strength. Along the way, she meets a strange woman with terrible secrets and an unspeakable past, and as they forge a bond and brave the terrors of the wasteland together, she learns that some demons are not so easily exorcised, and that some stones are better left unturned. In this her debut novel, award-winning author Natalie Ironside delivers a new vision of the post-apocalypse, a tale of adventure, terror, love, and that most basic and most powerful of all human desires: Freedom.


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The past lies like a nightmare over the world. Two hundred years after the War when atomic fire rained from the skies and burned the world to cinders, human civilization has had time to rebuild within the burned-out husk of Old America. But the old terrors of the past still persist, and while some work to build a better world, others still dream of reclaiming the glory of t The past lies like a nightmare over the world. Two hundred years after the War when atomic fire rained from the skies and burned the world to cinders, human civilization has had time to rebuild within the burned-out husk of Old America. But the old terrors of the past still persist, and while some work to build a better world, others still dream of reclaiming the glory of the Old World. In southern Appalachia, political commissar Magnolia Blackadder is sent on a mission into the irradiated Exclusion Zone of Old DC, where an evil that humanity thought it had vanquished centuries ago is waking up and rebuilding its strength. Along the way, she meets a strange woman with terrible secrets and an unspeakable past, and as they forge a bond and brave the terrors of the wasteland together, she learns that some demons are not so easily exorcised, and that some stones are better left unturned. In this her debut novel, award-winning author Natalie Ironside delivers a new vision of the post-apocalypse, a tale of adventure, terror, love, and that most basic and most powerful of all human desires: Freedom.

49 review for The Last Girl Scout

  1. 5 out of 5

    DefinitelyNotARabbit

    very very good read. I laughed a lot, and cried even more. it was definitely emotionally challenging. I would only recommend reading it if you're already in a healthy mental place, the content warning at the beginning was no joke. my only real criticism is sometimes it was hard to tell who was speaking during conversations. despite pushing 600 pages it flowed super well and I got through it in a couple days, being unable to put it down. very very good read. I laughed a lot, and cried even more. it was definitely emotionally challenging. I would only recommend reading it if you're already in a healthy mental place, the content warning at the beginning was no joke. my only real criticism is sometimes it was hard to tell who was speaking during conversations. despite pushing 600 pages it flowed super well and I got through it in a couple days, being unable to put it down.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Red

    Very literally the best book I've read in years. Very literally the best book I've read in years.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    The dialogue in this book is atrocious, and the relationships are so artificial and contrived that they were unbearable.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne Nelson

    I was promised a queer post-apocalyptic story where lots of fascists get busted. I definitely got what I asked for, with a side of urban fantasy too. While some characters were not developed enough considering their importance (thinking mostly about Kitty, but TJ and Becky were also a bit hard to grasp), and the last part felt a bit too fast, or perhaps less emotional than the previous ones since the main cast is a bit pushed aside, but every knot was tied and it leaves a grim satisfaction. I'd I was promised a queer post-apocalyptic story where lots of fascists get busted. I definitely got what I asked for, with a side of urban fantasy too. While some characters were not developed enough considering their importance (thinking mostly about Kitty, but TJ and Becky were also a bit hard to grasp), and the last part felt a bit too fast, or perhaps less emotional than the previous ones since the main cast is a bit pushed aside, but every knot was tied and it leaves a grim satisfaction. I'd love to read more in same universe. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Gotta love some utopia. Read this on a recommendation from a friend and I’m glad I did. Far more bloody than most things I read, but it was the good kind of bloody. I do seem to have a thing for queer revolution fiction.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wil

    This book is really hard to pin down. I enjoyed it for its relentless queerness and somewhat baffling plot. I didn't need quite that much detail on communism in practice. But it read as a middle finger to everything the world tries to impose on those of us who don't fit, and I loved it for that. This book is really hard to pin down. I enjoyed it for its relentless queerness and somewhat baffling plot. I didn't need quite that much detail on communism in practice. But it read as a middle finger to everything the world tries to impose on those of us who don't fit, and I loved it for that.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tanis Nielsen

    I can't believe I followed the author on Tumblr for years and never picked up that there are vampires in this. Excellent book, very fun and cathartic read. I can't believe I followed the author on Tumblr for years and never picked up that there are vampires in this. Excellent book, very fun and cathartic read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Taylor

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  10. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  11. 5 out of 5

    Scott Witmer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Armenda

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joey

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  15. 4 out of 5

    Strained Eye

  16. 4 out of 5

    Manfredatee

  17. 4 out of 5

    Resonant

  18. 4 out of 5

    ecrrce115

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  20. 4 out of 5

    Taiki

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cordyn

  23. 5 out of 5

    Molly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Az

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin Chenault

  27. 5 out of 5

    rosalind

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

  29. 5 out of 5

    Oksana Keeney

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lani

  31. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

  32. 4 out of 5

    Catharine Wethered

  33. 4 out of 5

    Jeani

  34. 5 out of 5

    Alice Wolff

  35. 4 out of 5

    Isa

  36. 5 out of 5

    Michaela Lubbers

  37. 5 out of 5

    Sphinx

  38. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  39. 4 out of 5

    Jack Falkner

  40. 5 out of 5

    Radclyffe U-Haul

  41. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

  42. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  43. 4 out of 5

    Dan Johnson

  44. 4 out of 5

    Scott Leonard

  45. 4 out of 5

    Katy

  46. 5 out of 5

    Missy

  47. 4 out of 5

    Megan A

  48. 4 out of 5

    Patricia L Ardary

  49. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Mercando

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