3 stars for In Light of Last: Parts 1 & 2 by Jacob Schultz #MM #SciFi

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Title: In Light of the Last: Part 1 & 2
Author Name & Publisher: Jacob Schultz
Publication Date & Length: Part 1: January 17, 2016 (41 pages) Part 2: January 19, 2016 (42 pages)

Synopsis

Part One

In the future, the world is mostly united under one government, having been nearly consumed by conflict that threatened the existence of all humanity. This new united world will seem largely familiar except for the fact that organized religion has been rendered illegal. When an elite squad of assassins is tasked with taking out the last vestiges of organized religion on the planet, they are thrown into a plot too obscure to possibly envision from the beginning. Welcome to One World.

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Part Two

In the future, the world is mostly united under one government, having been nearly consumed by conflict that threatened the existence of all humanity. This new united world will seem largely familiar except for the fact that organized religion has been rendered illegal. When an elite squad of assassins is tasked with taking out the last vestiges of organized religion on the planet, they are thrown into a plot too obscure to possibly envision from the beginning. Welcome to One World.

This installment picks up where the first one left off. Next up, the shocking conclusion!

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Review

ThreeStar

In Light of the Last, by Jacob Schultz, is a bizarre, serialized science fiction novel. It has several characters coping with different storylines, which all begin to intersect in Part 2, and switches between personal logs/first person and more cinematic third person scenes. Which was strange at first, but kind of cool once I got used to it.
The style is anime/foreign, which should appeal to any yaoi fans out there. The dialogue is at times purposely stilted, and at other times familiar. It’s set on Earth, but far enough into the future to be beyond post-apoctalyptic, though the lore surrounding “Earth that was” remains compelling.
I liked it. It’s like a diatribe on gender, sexuality, and identity got mixed together with a science fiction novel, like stew, not like soup, so big chunks of each remain. I think other people will like it too. Jacob Schultz is a talented writer. He has a gift for bringing distinct characters to life.
This would work better as a novel, because then it would all be in one piece as set-up and story and resolution, and then I would know what happened. Parts 1 and 2 are only a beginning. Give me more!
– C. E. Case

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