The Last Conversation
What’s more frightening: Not knowing who you are? Or finding out? A Bram Stoker Award–winning author explores the answer in a chilling story about identity and human consciousness.Imagine you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of who you are, how you got there, or where you were before. All you have is the disconnected voice of an attentive caretaker. Dr. Kuhn is there to help you—physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She’ll help you remember everything. She’ll make sure you reclaim your lost identity. Now answer one question: Are you sure you want to?Paul Tremblay’s The Last Conversation is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

The Last Conversation Details

TitleThe Last Conversation
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 17th, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Short Stories, Fiction

The Last Conversation Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    The Last Conversation was the most "horror" of the Forward collection stories, which I guess is not surprising when you look at who the author is. It's an eerie tale that keeps us in the dark for most of the book, wondering what is going on, but knowing that something is definitely not right.The second person narration somehow makes it even creepier and more unsettling. I want to liken this story to a well-known movie, but that would give away a major spoiler. So let me just say: what goes on in The Last Conversation was the most "horror" of the Forward collection stories, which I guess is not surprising when you look at who the author is. It's an eerie tale that keeps us in the dark for most of the book, wondering what is going on, but knowing that something is definitely not right.The second person narration somehow makes it even creepier and more unsettling. I want to liken this story to a well-known movie, but that would give away a major spoiler. So let me just say: what goes on in this book is a nightmare. Not just what the MC discovers about his immediate predicament but what the ending implies for the future.Randomize by Andy Weir - ⭑☆☆☆☆Ark by Veronica Roth - ⭑⭑⭑☆☆Emergency Skin by N.K. Jemisin - ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑You Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles - ⭑⭑⭑⭑☆Summer Frost by Blake Crouch - ⭑⭑⭑⭑☆
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    This is the spookiest, eeriest, most haunted, horrifying, chilling story of the Forward series. I know my husband is gonna get crazy when he realizes the increasing zeros at our electric bill because I will turn on the lights again as soon as he sleeps tonight. (Actually I plan to turn on entire lights of the house just in case not screaming after seeing something shapeless, spooky –like my sister in law who visits only for one week, stays in the guest room, don’t tell I called her shapeless, This is the spookiest, eeriest, most haunted, horrifying, chilling story of the Forward series. I know my husband is gonna get crazy when he realizes the increasing zeros at our electric bill because I will turn on the lights again as soon as he sleeps tonight. (Actually I plan to turn on entire lights of the house just in case not screaming after seeing something shapeless, spooky –like my sister in law who visits only for one week, stays in the guest room, don’t tell I called her shapeless, she may glue my books’ pages to avenge me!) So what’s so terrifying about this book? Let’s summarize:Ominous second person narration made you feel like you’re the MC of this book. YES!Dark, suspicious, questioning, mysterious, nerve-bending atmosphere made you not to know more about the main predicament of the guy and conclusion of the story. YES!Does it remind you of some weirdest Twilight Zone and Creepshow episodes! Hell YES! Nanananana!Is ending remarkable? Not exactly, it’s shaking, shocking but there are still unanswered ethical questions fly in the air. If it isn’t a short story, you may be really pissed off because of too much repeats slow the pace at some parts. As a summary: I think “Emergency Skin” is still my favorite of the series. But this book is fast pacing, intriguing, innovative, interesting, entertainingly terrifying so I really liked it. (I know something is wrong with me! I enjoy dark and mind bending story. Like Leonard Cohen’s song lyrics: I want it darker and I kill the flame –but still sleeping with lights on)
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  • Kayla Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This might be my favorite work of Tremblay so far.
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:A person — whose name and gender are never specified, because that person is “you” — wakes up, alone in a room. You’re blind and in intense pain, and at first you remember nothing at all of your past. You only hear one person, Dr. Anne Kuhn, who instructs you through a speaker: testing you mentally, badgering you to exercise, and, little by little, giving you bits of information about your past life and about why you are where you are now. 3.5 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:A person — whose name and gender are never specified, because that person is “you” — wakes up, alone in a room. You’re blind and in intense pain, and at first you remember nothing at all of your past. You only hear one person, Dr. Anne Kuhn, who instructs you through a speaker: testing you mentally, badgering you to exercise, and, little by little, giving you bits of information about your past life and about why you are where you are now. Gradually it becomes clear that something disastrous has happened. The Last Conversation is an odd but compelling and ominous science fiction novella from Paul Tremblay. It’s reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode: strange, somber and slightly horrific in a slow-burn way, with a surprising reveal at the end (or perhaps not so surprising to a perceptive reader; there are some clues as to where this story is heading, though I didn’t guess it myself).Telling a story in second person — presumably to increase readers’ perception that they’re in the place of the main character — is a tricky thing to pull off well. Combined with the fact that the main character’s name is never given and there’s just a blank line in the text every time Anne speaks their name, it added to the general sense of unease. Perhaps that was intentional on Tremblay’s part; in which case, mission accomplished.The Last Conversation is a slower-paced work that steadily and inexorably moves toward its disturbing conclusion. Given the main character’s lack of memory and needing to relearn many physical and manual skills from scratch, Tremblay’s approach does make some sense, and the pacing didn’t drag enough to bother me because this was such a quick read. Still, it’s a good thing this is a short novella; if it were longer I think it would have collapsed under its own weight.The ending was a decent payoff, although it raised several unanswered questions. Anne’s motivations for their final, key conversation are somewhat murky, and the underlying science that is critical to the plot is extremely hand-wavey.The Last Conversation is part of the FORWARD collection proposed and curated by Blake Crouch. It’s a set of six stand-alone novellas, each by a different author, that explore the “effects of a pivotal technological moment.” The authors are Crouch, N.K. Jemisin, Veronica Roth, Amor Towles, Tremblay and Andy Weir. The individual novellas are reasonably priced and available in ebook and audio form individually or as a set.Note: Some of the GR reviews give away the twist, so if you're planning to read this, you may want to avoid the reviews until you're done.
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  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    January 1, 1970
    BEWARE OF SPOILERS! And, obviously, the DNA sequences drawn on the cover are not a spoiler for most of readers, as I just found out. For me, it was and I sort of felt I was aware from the start what would happen later on. Well, anyway, if you are scared of spoilers just stay away from this review :) And from the book cover :)This wasn't too innovative or striking or anything. So, this gal's a scientist and the guy's a part of a long chain of something. Striking? No. They have this plague and she BEWARE OF SPOILERS! And, obviously, the DNA sequences drawn on the cover are not a spoiler for most of readers, as I just found out. For me, it was and I sort of felt I was aware from the start what would happen later on. Well, anyway, if you are scared of spoilers just stay away from this review :) And from the book cover :)This wasn't too innovative or striking or anything. So, this gal's a scientist and the guy's a part of a long chain of something. Striking? No. They have this plague and she needs the fence and it's all nearing to an end and, wow! it's not all ethical. The ground's still not shaking, though.
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  • Char
    January 1, 1970
    THE LAST CONVERSATION is my second read in the Forward series from Amazon, curated by Blake Crouch. I'm familiar with the works of Paul Tremblay and just read his latest collection GROWING THINGS a few months back. I felt that this story was a bit of a departure from his horror works and it was a change that I enjoyed. Being more of a mystery/science fiction tale, I found the end to be an unexpected surprise- and I love to be surprised!Thanks to Amazon/Audible for the free reads and the original THE LAST CONVERSATION is my second read in the Forward series from Amazon, curated by Blake Crouch. I'm familiar with the works of Paul Tremblay and just read his latest collection GROWING THINGS a few months back. I felt that this story was a bit of a departure from his horror works and it was a change that I enjoyed. Being more of a mystery/science fiction tale, I found the end to be an unexpected surprise- and I love to be surprised!Thanks to Amazon/Audible for the free reads and the original premises upon which these stories are based!
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    Creepy, chilling, unsettling and bleak....
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    This story is part of the FORWARD collection and a great addition to the series. The first book I read from this author was THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD which was an intense horror novel.This short story is different but as deeply scary and creepy as the novel I mentioned. Imagine you wake up in a dark room, very dark. You can't see anything at all and you don't know if it's because the room is dark or if it's because you're blind. But worst of all is realizing you don't know who you are or This story is part of the FORWARD collection and a great addition to the series. The first book I read from this author was THE CABIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD which was an intense horror novel.This short story is different but as deeply scary and creepy as the novel I mentioned. Imagine you wake up in a dark room, very dark. You can't see anything at all and you don't know if it's because the room is dark or if it's because you're blind. But worst of all is realizing you don't know who you are or why you're there. Take it from there.The story was absolutely captivating and suspenseful. I loved it, and recommend it to readers of science fiction.
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  • Richard Derus
    January 1, 1970
    "Dear" Paul Tremblay,I've just finished THE LAST CONVERSATION. I loathe second-person narration...so chest-pokey, so accusatory...but this story made me leak tears and gasp for breath and I do not ever want to be that lonely and how did you do that in spite of thumping my nose for 60 pages?Five stars. Bastard.CheersRMDexpendablemudge.blogspot.com
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  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    This Review Blog Twitter Instagram Actual Rating: 2.5 stars I am on the fence about this one! I did not know the author prior to reading this one, I am not a fan of horror so I probably would have never have been exposed to his works. That of course, does not mean that I wanted to dislike this or skip it, I wanted to like it but the author kept it very vague and the scientist kept saying maybe and you will understand later and I can't tell much. And since this is written in 2nd person POV, it This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷Actual Rating: 2.5 stars★ I am on the fence about this one! I did not know the author prior to reading this one, I am not a fan of horror so I probably would have never have been exposed to his works.★ That of course, does not mean that I wanted to dislike this or skip it, I wanted to like it but the author kept it very vague and the scientist kept saying maybe and you will understand later and I can't tell much. And since this is written in 2nd person POV, it felt like she was talking to us as readers!★ For a story of 50 pages, it should not have been so confusing! I understood what was he trying to do at the end. I understood the story too but I think the way it was written did more damage than good. Still delivered a chilling ending but I would have done things differently.You can get more books from Book Depository
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