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The Last Librarian

(The Justar Journal #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,454 ratings  ·  338 reviews
From the bestselling author of the Inner Movement trilogy and the Cosega Sequence, comes The Last Librarian, (book one of the Justar Journal).

In the year 2098, there is no more war, no more hunger and no more pollution. The world is secure and Earth’s 2.9 billion people are healthy and happy. There is also only one remaining library that still houses physical books. In ad
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 18th 2015 by Laughing Rain
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Amanda Przynski Perfect for that age. Naughty business is limited and vaguely worded, no actual profanity (but a future language profanity word is used with abandon),…morePerfect for that age. Naughty business is limited and vaguely worded, no actual profanity (but a future language profanity word is used with abandon), and violence to people is almost entirely "off-camera". More importantly, big ideas and forcing you to think about the personal costs of government mandated peace.(less)
Emma It's the "government" in the series. I've only read one of his books so maybe the author has written other series in the same world as this? That…moreIt's the "government" in the series. I've only read one of his books so maybe the author has written other series in the same world as this? That would explain the reference to AOI on the cover. Otherwise, there is no point to it really.(less)

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May 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Goodreads' ratings system betrays me again. While it's probably good news for authors that there will always be people who think their book is completely amazing, regardless of whether it is so by any objective standards, it doesn't serve people like me who've read some truly mindblowing books in my life, and it takes a lot more than a nifty premise to get me onboard.

And this didn't bring it. At all. I had to fight to finish it, the writing was so cumbersome and clumsy. Which made me go back to
Regina Puckett
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Last Librarian is a cautionary tale for all of us. If all of the print copies of books were destroyed, would anyone notice a few words changed here and there in the ebook versions? Have no fear. It's fortunate there are still a few people left in the world who notice these subtle but important changes and care enough to try to save as many of the world's most invaluable books as possible.

The year is 2098 and all diseases and crimes have all but disappeared. The world is a wonderful place to
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Since my phone isn't giving me the button option *SPOILERS*
Overall I'm so pleased with this book. It was a great story, about a great subject, with interesting characters to play it out for me. I was rather upset with the main characters death but I understood it as being necessary to the story.
There was only one downside to the whole thing in my opinion. While it is mentioned that there is a "new" language spoken in this post apocalyptic future, aside from some acronyms, we never see any of tha
Deborah Whipp
Dec 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Did not finish. This book didn't hold my interest. It followed a very formulaic pattern of totalitarian control taking over the world. The main character seemed very bland and nothing about him held my attention. In the end it was too easy to put this book down and not pick it up again. As with all books that I cannot/will not finish, I give it a one (1) star rating. Perhaps you might like it and find it mesmerizing enough to hold your attention... I did not. I am happy to see it leaving my queu ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
rather 3.5/5 for this very distopian read - no system is idyllic, and certainly not after post-apocaliptic times -
with two important winks to bradbury's fahrenheit 451 and orwell's 1984, brandt legg had built a story at a slow pace, which slowly takes a faster pace around the end - of course it ends with a cliffhanger for this is a trilogy, so two more books to know how things will end -
no man is a hero, unti circumstances demand it, that's what happens to the last librarian who cannot bear to
Greg Tymn
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an Amazon $0.99 special. Some days, peanuts. Some days, shells.

I 'd have to say this novel met expectations, but just so. What could have been an interesting SF thriller contained too many stereotypes written in typical potboiler fashion. The use of famous quotes made me want to burn any copy of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations in the vicinity (wait....that puts me on the wrong side of this, doesn't it?).

I don't think I'll move on to the rest of the series.
Emmeline Joy
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, dystopia
Irony: reading an electronic book about people who risk their lives to save the last paper books...

I feel bad not finishing this. It's dystopian. It's about books. It's got a great deal of potential. The execution makes it hard for me to be interested in anything or anyone. I made it 60% before realizing how long it actually took me to get that far, and then also realizing how long it would take me to finish. I don't care enough about these characters to find out what happens.
Jennifer Theriot
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: futuristic, suspense
Brandt Legg is one of my fav authors. There isn't a book he's written that wouldn't make an awesome film and this book does not disappoint! Futuristic, government invasion and books - what's not to like? I devoured this book in one night and now I want more!
Am going to grab this in paperback as a gift for a co-worker who is also a Brandt Legg fan.
You won't regret this page turner!
Kirsten McKenzie
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A post-apocalyptic dystopian read. A great read with some interesting characters.
A few too many unnecessary deaths of key players - even Suzanne Collins left it to Book #3 to kill off her key players!
Also, the use of the word 'Torgon' instead of your usually accepted swear words. I presume it was an attempt to keep it clean for certain sectors of society, but every time I came across it, it was a bump in the story flow. I wish the author would remove it in a future edit!!!
All-in-all, it was sti
S.R. Mallery
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Imagine a perfect world where peace abounds and all is on an even-keel. Where after years of war and misery, earth is now called magnificent. Blissful, right? No, not when beneath this seemingly unblemished surface there lurks a darkness.

In the fine tradition of Fahrenehit 451 and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Brandt Legg's THE LAST LIBRARIAN serves as an extremely well-written, sci-fi-esque warning to future generations.

In 2098, with bookstores gone, an
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
The End of an Era

Runit Happerman is the last librarian of the last brick and mortar library with real paper books. He is informed the the library will be closed, and the books burned. Almost instantly, he is recruited by his friend, novelist Nelson Wright, to carry out a dangerous plan to save the books. On a different end of things, various factions begin to move, some to save the world, and some to destroy it. Runit learns terrible truths about the peace he lives in, his life's work, and his o
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, didn-t_finish
A terrible plague sweeps Earth, killing billions. In its wake comes a repressive world-wide government secretly controlled by pharmacy companies. Everyone is happy, healthy, and continually monitored. Bit by bit all physical repositories of knowledge are destroyed, until a single library in Portland is the last source of non-digital books. When a writer realizes that the government is changing the words in digital books--a few words here and there for most, entire texts for others--he embarks up ...more
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a former librarian I was intrigued by the title and naturally loved the concept of the book: to save the books and the contents of the library. Of course there is more to it, as the title and the stunning cover so wonderfully and mysteriously imply. A futuristic world with changes, some good for humanity and some not at all. There ismuch to ponder about in this, as Legg waves deeper thoughts into this novel, the beginning of a very promising thriller series.
Loved the characters and the entire
Mary Ann
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
With a few notable exceptions (e.g., 1984, Handmaid's Tale, Children of Men, The Giver, the Divergent series-a pleasant surprise), I am not particularly fond of dystopic fiction. Plots are often tiresomely predictable, and characters are usually firmly all-good or terribly evil. However, I did enjoy this one. Aside from the plethora of acronyms peppering most pages, the plot is interesting, and there are twists and surprises. The characters, especially the "good"ones are both more fully formed a ...more
Eric J. Gates
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘The Last Librarian’ is the first volume of Brandt Legg’s new trilogy, much awaited after discovering this author earlier this year. As with the previous two trilogies the tale follows the plight of a run-of-the-mill protagonist, this time the head of the Portland Library, as he is thrust by events into a living nightmare. This time author Legg takes us on a trip into the near future. It’s 2098 and society has changed into what appears to be the utopian dream of all, with poverty, ill-health and ...more
David Kinzer
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is really well written. It has characters with whom you can empathize, a believable plot, and a nice story embedded within the turmoil of a near-future earth.
Denise Kubik
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Quite possibly one of the worst books I have read. I could not get interested during the first half, but through willpower made progress. As I started to get into the second half I though "well it has to get interesting now" and I pushed myself to keep going. But nope, it really just ended up being awful. The characters were very flat. Descriptions of people and situations were quite repetitive. I was hoping that by the end I would have a better understanding of why this government was so intent ...more
Uvi Poznansky
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THE LAST LIBRARIAN is not only a futuristic story. It is visionary one, enthrallingly so. Opening at once with a universal calamity and a utopian reversal, it states, “With the population more than halved, it was as if humanity had been given a fresh start. A reset. From the pandemic death and nightmare, a near utopian world emerged.”

The author offers a grand vision of a new world order, where there is no more war, no more hunger and no more pollution, and where the government strives to create
Dec 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
As a librarian, I thought a lot about electronic books back in the eighties, and am on my third Kindle now. Once I owned a Rocket e-book! So I was interested in this book, and the premise was an intriguing one. Change some words in key books, and you change the meaning entirely. There were some nice references to books about books, and about book burning. Unfortunately, the story slid off into shoot-em-ups and spies and meaningless 'action'. The characters were barely fleshed out and I was confu ...more
Trebonius Octavianus
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Metaphysical & Visionary Read!

I was confident before I even opened, The Last Librarian, (book one of the Justar Journal) that the bestselling author of the Inner Movement trilogy and the Cosega Sequence, Brandt Legg would deliver yet another great hit.

Brandt Legg has woven a complex piece of dystopian literary fiction with a narrative that'll grab your attention. It'll leave you wanting more at the end of each and every page. Rot with richly deep, and clever characters, his words flow sm
Oct 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I bought this book because there was a really good sale. After finishing it I can say the only positive thing about my experience reading it is the knowledge that I didn't pay full price.

If you're into grammatical mistakes, unnecessary and overly complicated world-building, completely forced neologisms, near-constant quoting of better authors, general hamfisted pretentiousness, and seeing the title of the book spoken once every chapter or so, maybe you'll like it. (As an amusing note, since I re
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel really bad about not liking this book that much. It has an interesting plot, if somewhat reminiscent of other dystopian novels. It's got action, intrigue, backstories, and good characters. The story of a future world re-shaped by a plague into a seeming utopia that, in reality, is brutally run by greedy corporate executives should grab me. Maybe the odd spacing of the text in the e-book put me off. Or it could have been that feeling of heavy-handedness with literary references and yep, th ...more
Serena W. Sorrell
Elitist and preachy.

Those two words best describe my abandoned reading for The Last Librarian.

Which is a shame because the premise was genuinely interesting. But it just became so redundant and tepid characterization stagnated the whole thing.

Women were reduced to arm/eye/desk candy (I think 3 females got names?)

E-books are bad and not "real" books.
Medicine companies are taking over.
And how many times do we need to read about how our current era is doomed, dumb, and working toward extincti
Joyce Hertzoff
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you were head librarian of the last library left on Earth and learned the government was planning to burn the books? That's the premise, and that premise is followed through to the end of the story. Ironically, I read it in Kindle format.
It had a good premise, but it crashed and burned.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘For many years he’d been the head librarian at what recently had become the last library in the world.’

One of the reasons author Brandt Legg has been so successful in his writing and publishing and selling his ten books to date is his magisterial management of his website. From his biographical data we learn that he is ‘a former child prodigy who turned a hobby into a multi-million dollar empire. At eight, Brandt's father died suddenly, plunging his family into poverty. Two years later, while s
Carlos Mock
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Last Librarian (The Justar Journal Book 1) by Brandt Legg

In the year 2025, a viral plague kills most of the human race. A war followed the plague in which the Aylantik coalition rules the world. The world has been divided into 24 regions.

The book opens in 2098, in which there is no more war, no more hunger, and no more pollution. The world is secure and Earth’s 2.9 billion people are healthy and happy.

Runit Happerman is a 43 y/o man who is the last librarian. He receives a letter telling h
Nov 22, 2017 added it
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Bob Morton
I am not sure where I picked up this book, just that it was in my library and it looked interesting. I was a little hesitant in reading it at first. It was coming across as a 'save the whales' type of book. That was just the leaning of the author I am sure. In reality, a book about saving books has to be a little bit about saving the environment. I get ahead of myself.
Our story takes place in the near future. There has been a natural disaster, a plague, that has killed off a large percentage of
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