The Last Harvest: A Novel
Clay Tate, the main character of Kim Liggett’s THE LAST HARVEST, lives in the farming town of Midland, Oklahoma, and for years he has lived a normal life as the star quarterback of his high school football team --- that is, until his dad massacred a barn full of cows with a crucifix, and then died on that same barn floor. He mentioned fears of Satanic worshipping and possessions in their small town, and everyone just assumed he was going over the edge, all the way up until this paranoia ended his life. The one year anniversary of his father's massacre and death is fast approaching, and Clay is just trying to hold it all together when everything begins to fall apart.
"Liggett’s THE LAST HARVEST is an eerie new take on the classic Satan-worshipping horror story....With vivid and terrifying characters and events, this novel is chilling, emotional, and full of nightmarish surprises."
Clay works the farm by himself now, carrying out the legacy and the land his ancestors fought for. His mother and sisters are still struggling with the effects of the father's death and it's up to Clay to take care of them all. Meanwhile, the Preservation Society, a tightknit group of the most prominent farming families in the town, is welcoming him back after a year of silence. Clay has to decide whether to reclaim his spot in the same society that his father accused of devil worship, or to continue without them and ignore all the unnerving coincidences occurring. Everything becomes utterly confusing when Clay can no longer tell the difference between the real and the fake, and the grotesque rituals and horrific nightmares all crowd in on his demented reality.
Liggett’s THE LAST HARVEST is an original, eerie new take on the classic Satan-worshipping horror story. In this town, anyone could have the devil inside of them, and it's impossible to know who to trust, but Clay needs all the help he can get to not slip away from reality just like his father. It all starts with the haunting farm which his father no longer inhabits, and the shadow of his gruesome death hanging over the family. The situation escalates with grotesque, bloody rituals, an emotionally distraught Clay with no one on his side and morbid outcomes for so many who inhabit this farm town, ignorant of its own horrific fate. With vivid and terrifying characters and events, this novel is chilling, emotional, and full of nightmarish surprises.
Reviewed by Maggie L., Teen Board Member on January 10, 2017