(Review) The Last Relicuin: History Never Surrenders by Hargus Montgomery

Publication Date: September 22, 2013
Publisher: Kerius Pye Series LLC
Genre: Historical fiction, mystery, dystopian
Pages: 526
Source: Free copy from Hargus Montgomery. I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent


Hargus Montgomery website

About the Author:

Hargus Montgomery is the author of The Last Relicuin, and The Seventeenth Pocket, part of the Kerious Pye series.

In the 22nd century, part of the world returns to history. Safe inside the guarded borders of live-in museums, museum dwellers live authentic lifestyles from prehistory to the twentieth century. Separate from all modern influences, some dwellers forget that a modern world exists outside the borders.
When the son of a prominent anti-museum Senator marries a museum dweller, the young couple becomes the target of a worldwide struggle between the past and the future.
Crossing borders into the 12th, 18th and 20th centuries, The Last Relicuin unravels a mystery that pursues one family through three different periods of history.

My Thoughts:
In order to clarify the story. When I read the phrase, "returns to history," I thought they'd traveled back in time to a historical period. What this story is about, is people who study history and they live as museum dwellers in a particular historical period. There is no time travel. There are only people who have studied history, in order to live in the historical period of their choice. They do not want to live in the 22nd century. They prefer the past because it is authentic. 

Several elements are swirling in the story.

  • Political thriller 
  • A people study
  • Romance
  • Family saga
  • Dystopia-An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. The Last Relicuin has both the totalitarian and environmental examples. Definition from the "Oxford Pocket American Dictionary." 
  • Mystery
One of the most fascinating angles of the story is people living in 22nd century have dulled senses. Touch, sight, and smell have been diminished or withdrawn from society. We take for granted a normal human response of a sneeze or cough. Further, we touch and smell other humans. In this 22nd century society, people do not touch and thus there has been a rejection of normal human living. 
Sex is virtual. Displays of affection between family members are not done. Life is sanitary, sterile, and gray. I can picture in my mind a society of people who do not smile. Because if the senses are gone, and there is no affection and no touching and no sex. People have become joyless mobile mannequins. 
The next step in a society where people do not show love and affection, is a society where family members are unloving period. People are stiff, selfish, uncharitable; and a great loss has occurred-the qualities of being a human have been removed. This is cataclysmic. This also makes for a great story-line, because it makes the reader ponder "what if?"
The Last Relicuin is a strong study of people. And the dystopian element brings the reader to ask, "what if this really did happen?" I love thinking books. Books where there is a perplexing situation leading me to ask, "what would I do?"
The political angle of the story is not a far off kilter from our age. These are men and women who will do anything to keep their power and advance power. They want to be the god of their age.
I've learned a dystopian story has twists and is not a happy end-all story. Yes, there were moments when I did not like how the story unfolded. Yes, there were moments when I did not like the diminish of characters. This does not take away from the quality of the story. It does give it an edge. It does stay true to the dystopian element.
I loved reading The Last Relicuin. I became heavily involved from the first page!

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