Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

The Last Harvest   By: (1837-1921)

Book cover

The Last Harvest by John Burroughs is a thought-provoking novel that seamlessly blends elements of science fiction and dystopia. Set in a future where corporations control the world's food supply, this gripping story explores themes of power, greed, and the consequences of unchecked technological advancements.

Burroughs expertly constructs a bleak and eerily realistic world, where famines and crop failures have become the norm. The narrative centers around Emma, a young scientist who becomes embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy after discovering a revolutionary agricultural breakthrough. As she delves deeper into the secrets behind this discovery, Burroughs paints a disturbing portrait of a society driven by profit and manipulation.

What sets this book apart is the author's ability to engage readers on multiple levels. On one hand, the story is a thrilling adventure, full of unexpected twists and heart-pounding action. But at its core, The Last Harvest is a cautionary tale. Burroughs masterfully explores the ethical dilemmas surrounding genetic modification and the far-reaching implications it can have on our world.

The characters in the novel are well-developed and relatable, adding depth to the storyline. Emma's journey is particularly compelling, as she grapples with her own morality and courageously takes a stand against the oppressive forces governing her reality. Alongside her, an eclectic cast of supporting characters, each with their own motivations and flaws, adds richness and complexity to the narrative.

Burroughs' writing style is descriptive and evocative, transporting readers to a future that feels disturbingly plausible. His attention to detail is impressive, whether he's describing the barren landscapes or the lush underground farms that serve as the last bastions of hope. The author's clear passion for both science and social issues shines through, making The Last Harvest a thought-provoking read.

If there is one minor drawback to the book, it would be the pacing in certain sections. At times, the plot seems to slow down, focusing on exposition and scientific explanations, which may discourage some readers looking for a more fast-paced experience. However, this should not deter prospective readers from delving into this gripping tale, as the overall impact of the story far outweighs any momentary lulls.

In conclusion, The Last Harvest is a compelling and timely novel that explores the potential pitfalls of our technological advancements. John Burroughs' ability to blend elements of science fiction with thought-provoking social commentary makes for an engrossing and unforgettable read. Though it deals with heavy themes, it ultimately inspires the reader to question the consequences of unchecked corporate control and the limits of scientific progress.

First Page:







The Riverside Press Cambridge



But who is he with modest looks And clad in homely russet brown? He murmurs near the running brooks A music sweeter than their own.

He is retired as noontide dew, Or fountain in a noon day grove; And you must love him, ere to you He will seem worthy of your love.

The outward shows of sky and earth, Of hill and valley, he has viewed; And impulses of deeper birth Have come to him in solitude.

In common things that round us lie Some random truths he can impart The harvest of a quiet eye That broods and sleeps on his own heart.



Most of the papers garnered here were written after fourscore years after the heat and urge of the day and are the fruit of a long life of observation and meditation... Continue reading book >>

eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books