The tale of Yorick Brown, the last man on earth, continues with Yorick’s trek across America to help Dr. Mann get back to her lab in San Francisco and find out how Yorick and Ampersand survived the plague. Along the way, they meet a town of women that live in a virtual utopia compared to the rest of the nation. Of course they’ve got a secret they’re trying to hide.
In each of these volumes, Vaughan brings up some interesting points. Dr. Mann points out that, the longer this plague goes on, the more species are becoming extinct. Day flies have a life span of one day. Since they’ve already gone more than a day without any males to mate with, the entire species is already gone. Other animals with short life spans are also extinct. He really thought through the world he created with a lot of attention to detail. It’s admirable.
Yorick, Ampersand, 355, and Dr. Mann also run into a group of radicals: the Daughters of the Amazon, who believe that the plague was nature’s way of getting rid of the weaker male half of the species. This group is trying to hunt down and kill Yorick in order to wipe out the males completely. But one of their number is conflicted about pursuing him, for very personal reasons.
It’s hard to review these volumes on their own, especially as they’re all kind of blurring together in my memory. This is a credit to Vaughan’s ability to maintain the flow of his story, and to keep the reader captivated.