In Light of the Last

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In Light of the Last
In Light of the Last Photo cover.jpg
Cover of the first edition
CountryUnited States
SeriesOne World Cycle
GenreFiction novel
Publication date
August 2018
Media typePrint (paperback), Kindle eBook
ISBN9-781719-901253 Search this book on Logo.png.

In Light of the Last is the first novel by Jacob Schultz. The author struggled to find interest in the work, so he published independently in August 2018. The book started out as a three-part serialized science fiction novel in 2016. The author subsequently released the three parts as a novella.

During the serialization, the work received positive reception on Goodreads, mostly with regard to its timeliness and strangeness.[1] "It's like a diatribe on gender, sexuality, and identity got mixed together with a science fiction novel..."[2]


Set in 2063, In Light of the Last tells the story of a future Earth where organized religion has been rendered illegal by a united world government, known as the One World Government. The book opens with a group of assassins that are given the task of destroying the last vestiges of organized religion- - a group of religious refugees that have been forced to move to a small island in the Pacific Ocean. The plot of the book is driven by the assassins headed towards the refugees, and glimpses of One World interspersed with visions from the character's pasts. The story culminates in a final showdown in the Ryukyu Islands.


The Squad[edit]

  • Xiem
  • Risam
  • Lamli
  • Günter
  • Jamuklé
  • Wilson
  • Hanu
  • Yukiko
  • Squad Leader/Hermis Pitar

Religious Refugees[edit]

  • Insu
  • Ohelti
  • Lutan
  • Cantai
  • Gurana
  • Merna


  • Berzek
  • Kaileb
  • Kazu


There are themes of apathy in times of duress. The protagonist of the book is a homosexual male human, and many of the characters have identities which cross all parts of the queer spectrum.

There is also a sense that, in a world without religion and spirituality, humans will inevitably devolve into performing wicked acts upon each other.


External links[edit]


Author created page - added references to Goodreads[edit]

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