Why did I love this book?
If I had to choose my favorite odd behavior that makes humans, human, I’d choose story-telling. Not only is it entertaining, all of civilization has grown up upon it.
The spirited protagonist of The Last Cuentista is a fourteen-year-old girl who wishes to become a storyteller like her grandmother, but looming overhead is a comet that will destroy the earth. As Petra boards the spaceship with her parents along with a small colony of other scientists, she fears that storytelling will be of little value in the hard work ahead. But awakened 350 years later, she is horrified to discover that a sinister Collective has taken control of the ship and wiped out everyone’s memories of earth. Except, by accident, her own. Storytelling turns out to be her greatest secret weapon as she works to restore the lost memories of enough allies to fight the Collective and then inspire them to build a new world.