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As parts of everyday life begin to fade away, one teacher struggles to keep a semblance of normality for the teenagers in her classroom. But what can she teach to students who know they will one day be the final remnants of mankind? THE LAST TEACHER is a story about realizing which lessons are most important in life. A Great De-evolution short story.


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As parts of everyday life begin to fade away, one teacher struggles to keep a semblance of normality for the teenagers in her classroom. But what can she teach to students who know they will one day be the final remnants of mankind? THE LAST TEACHER is a story about realizing which lessons are most important in life. A Great De-evolution short story.

30 review for The Last Teacher

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A story set in the world of Great De-evolution. I made acquaintance with Chris Dietzel's concept of a dystopian world through the first novel The Man Who Watched The World End and it blew me away. Then came the second, and the third, and it never left me. But you don't have to read all of these books to appreciate this story. One nice feature of the books is that they can be read in any order. Each book highlights different aspects, and introduces a different cast of characters. This story make n A story set in the world of Great De-evolution. I made acquaintance with Chris Dietzel's concept of a dystopian world through the first novel The Man Who Watched The World End and it blew me away. Then came the second, and the third, and it never left me. But you don't have to read all of these books to appreciate this story. One nice feature of the books is that they can be read in any order. Each book highlights different aspects, and introduces a different cast of characters. This story make no difference. If you're new to the Great De-evolution you can use it as an appetizer, and if you're a veteran "De-evolutionist" (like me), you would want to read it anyway. In this story a teacher named Ray faces a big problem: She slowly runs out of students. Each day there are less of them in the classroom. There are also certain tensions among teaching staff about what they should teach the children and how. Ray has her own way of dealing with this situation. It's impossible for me to nail down the feeling that I got while reading this story (or any of the other books in the series). I don't know if there is a single name for it. It's a strange mixture of sadness, melancholia, tranquility, composure, and pride. I even smiled at certain points even though the subject isn't the least bit funny. And I recalled this quote, which is assigned to Martin Luther: "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." Do yourself a favor and read this story and get introduced to The Great De-evolution. It's never been easier. PS: a little Warning: (view spoiler)[ This story contains a major spoiler for The Awakening by Kate Chopin, which I repeat here only to see if GR can handle nested spoilers: (view spoiler)[Every year, Ray had her class read the story about a woman who, on the final page, walks into the ocean until the water is over her head. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] PPS: I got this story delivered #FREE to my virtual door prior to its official release, because I subscribed to the author's mailing list. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Papaphilly

    This is one of the hardest short stories I have read in years. It left me in tears and I am not sure why exactly. The Last Teacher by Chris Dietzel is within his Great De-evolution series and it is one of his best. Chris Dietzel looks at the life of a teacher within a dying profession. The world stopped having having the ability to have children and it is ageing out of educational needs (think Children of Men). This story tells of the day-to-day struggle of coping on a dying planet by using Ray This is one of the hardest short stories I have read in years. It left me in tears and I am not sure why exactly. The Last Teacher by Chris Dietzel is within his Great De-evolution series and it is one of his best. Chris Dietzel looks at the life of a teacher within a dying profession. The world stopped having having the ability to have children and it is ageing out of educational needs (think Children of Men). This story tells of the day-to-day struggle of coping on a dying planet by using Ray Phillips, the protagonist, dealing with her dwindling student population. The Last Teacher is mundane and that is the true horror of the situation. Trying to make a difference when no one cares and the reality dictates it may not matter. By focusing on the smaller aspect, you get a true vision of the whole and it is heartbreaking. There is an O. Henry moment and it is as devastating as it is effective. This is an excellent read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roslyn

    I found this story intriguing and compelling, but there was too much that seemed random and unexplained. Apart from the main character, the characters seemed rather unexceptional and shallow. And typos and grammatical mistakes always irritate me. I might read something else by the author, though, because I did enjoy the feel of the story and would like to know more about what is really going on.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria Estrada

    I loved "The Last Teacher" and the development of characters. The story was really paced well. I loved it so much, I downloaded his other short works, and purchased his series of novels. I loved "The Last Teacher" and the development of characters. The story was really paced well. I loved it so much, I downloaded his other short works, and purchased his series of novels.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sal Noel

    3.5 I like that this was written from the viewpoint of the teacher, as- well, I'm a teacher, so follows. I understand that this is a short story in effect, and part of a series that does not need to be read in order, but I feel maybe I would have appreciated it more had I read its predecessors. I will at some point seek out and read the others, but as a stand-alone, I had some reservations. I just don't see how the time scale worked. The story seemed to be take place over a week or so, and the d 3.5 I like that this was written from the viewpoint of the teacher, as- well, I'm a teacher, so follows. I understand that this is a short story in effect, and part of a series that does not need to be read in order, but I feel maybe I would have appreciated it more had I read its predecessors. I will at some point seek out and read the others, but as a stand-alone, I had some reservations. I just don't see how the time scale worked. The story seemed to be take place over a week or so, and the demise of the education ( and other) systems had begun several years earlier but then ... And, with the population figures given, I can't follow the sequence of events.( Can't say too much here.) The interaction between staff and students only seemed to take place once a day,and it took a while to be introduced to Ray's home life (which did add a brief additional dimension to her character.) I found a couple of grammatical errors, but I bought The Hauntings of Playing God today and I already have The Man Who Watched the World End, which I am looking forward to reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Latoya

    I received an ARC from the author and Podium Publishing . I liked this story it was funny, sad and disturbing. But I liked the writing Mr. Dietzel is talented and I will definitely check out his other works, hopefully this story will end up in an anthology of the same genre. Ms. Donna Postel provides a great narration. :) Also teachers ROCK!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne (w/ an E)

    I really liked this story. I think "The Great De-Evolution" is very interesting idea and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories. I have already read "The Man Who Watched the World End" and I did like it, for the most part. l have "The Hauntings of Playing God", but when I bought it, I didn't realize that it was a related story; I just remembered that I liked the author. I really liked this story. I think "The Great De-Evolution" is very interesting idea and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories. I have already read "The Man Who Watched the World End" and I did like it, for the most part. l have "The Hauntings of Playing God", but when I bought it, I didn't realize that it was a related story; I just remembered that I liked the author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Howe

    The ending was actually really good. I won't spoil it but I appreciated the way he chose to end this story, giving it a good build up and then leaving us wondering. The ending was actually really good. I won't spoil it but I appreciated the way he chose to end this story, giving it a good build up and then leaving us wondering.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    The Last Teacher is a short story that takes place in the same world as, "The Man Who Watched the World End". It's possible the narrator of that story was one of this teacher's last students. This story takes place as the last of the normal humans are in high school. There are no children younger than these teenagers. Reactions to the de-evolution are usually anger, bitterness, and hopelessness, but The Last Teacher still believes her kids can do whatever they want with their lives. No one agrees The Last Teacher is a short story that takes place in the same world as, "The Man Who Watched the World End". It's possible the narrator of that story was one of this teacher's last students. This story takes place as the last of the normal humans are in high school. There are no children younger than these teenagers. Reactions to the de-evolution are usually anger, bitterness, and hopelessness, but The Last Teacher still believes her kids can do whatever they want with their lives. No one agrees with her. She's right, though. With no responsibilities, these teenagers have the world to explore and enjoy. The earth is still beautiful and there are adventures to be had, but it seems that without a future, all people do is prepare for the end. The Last Teacher tries to fight against this, but it is a losing battle. This story is important because it introduces two famous works of literature: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin and "The Stranger" by Albert Camus. These books play a big part in the final two installments of this series, but in this one, no one cares anymore. This is a depressing story. What would it be like to know you would be one of the last survivors of humanity? It appears the answer is, "Who cares?"

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    Kindle unlimited, though some of his are and some are not; depressing, but then again rather assume these type stories usually are. The one not included is The Last Teacher (The Great De-evolution) {not sure where this one belongs in the order of books} mentioned at end in list of these books, but my mind gets tired after reading so many back to back. As parts of everyday life begin to fade away, one teacher struggles to keep a semblance of normality for the teenagers in her classroom. But what Kindle unlimited, though some of his are and some are not; depressing, but then again rather assume these type stories usually are. The one not included is The Last Teacher (The Great De-evolution) {not sure where this one belongs in the order of books} mentioned at end in list of these books, but my mind gets tired after reading so many back to back. As parts of everyday life begin to fade away, one teacher struggles to keep a semblance of normality for the teenagers in her classroom. But what can she teach to students who know they will one day be the final remnants of mankind? THE LAST TEACHER is a story about realizing which lessons are most important in life. A Great De-evolution short story. The Complete Collection presents all three Great De-evolution books in one volume for the first time. Be warned, these are not stories for people who need action sequences or pretty endings. But if you love introspective, reflective stories or want a different take on the end of mankind, these stories are for you. The Man Who Watched The World End A Different Alchemy The Hauntings of Playing God The Great De-evolution: The Complete Collection The Last Teacher (The Great De-evolution) {not sure where this one belongs in the order of books} (

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aleks Yugotonesević

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rather than writing a review, I have a few questions for Chris, if he is reading. 1. Why would universities stop taking new admissions? If there is a generation of children that will eventually be the youngest adults left in the world, wouldn’t the society want to train them in at least all aspects of population maintenance, such as food production, medicine, etc? ...and also science, so that they can continue to try and find a cure for blocks? 2. Why are people migrating to the abstract south, ra Rather than writing a review, I have a few questions for Chris, if he is reading. 1. Why would universities stop taking new admissions? If there is a generation of children that will eventually be the youngest adults left in the world, wouldn’t the society want to train them in at least all aspects of population maintenance, such as food production, medicine, etc? ...and also science, so that they can continue to try and find a cure for blocks? 2. Why are people migrating to the abstract south, rather than just continuing to live their lives out where they are, when, according to the narrative, there are still more than 5 billion people in the world - a figure quite close to the world population in the 20th century, a time when people lived normally in the cities where they were born. Where would there even be room for mass migration in the southern cities - again, taking into consideration the fact that the population - world wide - is only roughly a billion less than right now? 3. Why would people continue to bring blocks into the world, when natal technology, even now and not in some future time, is capable of letting parents know minute detail of their fetus’s medical problems? ...or have republicans banned all abortions in the future?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Enjoyable and thought provoking I am not a reader of science fiction, but I do love the Great De-evolution books by Chris Dietzel. This plot was from an English teacher's point of view as high schools slowly become obsolete. The human race is dying out as babies are no longer being reproduced. Any new births are what are known as "blocks", people that can't move or think or do anything. Countries are disbanding, businesses and schools closing their doors, and the remaining humans in the US are al Enjoyable and thought provoking I am not a reader of science fiction, but I do love the Great De-evolution books by Chris Dietzel. This plot was from an English teacher's point of view as high schools slowly become obsolete. The human race is dying out as babies are no longer being reproduced. Any new births are what are known as "blocks", people that can't move or think or do anything. Countries are disbanding, businesses and schools closing their doors, and the remaining humans in the US are all migrating south and basically waiting for the coming extinction of the human race.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I really enjoyed this. I'm coming to really appreciate good short stories and novellas these days and this one was really entertaining and kept me engaged from start to finish. I've never heard of this author or series...but I'm definitely going to look into more. I really enjoyed this. I'm coming to really appreciate good short stories and novellas these days and this one was really entertaining and kept me engaged from start to finish. I've never heard of this author or series...but I'm definitely going to look into more.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bert

    Oh my where to start! This is a short story set in a VERY sad future. It boils down to a reevaluation of the dreams of youth against the truth of the present. This while the world collapses around you. Fabulous writing and storytelling- really makes you think and appreciate your 'Now'. Oh my where to start! This is a short story set in a VERY sad future. It boils down to a reevaluation of the dreams of youth against the truth of the present. This while the world collapses around you. Fabulous writing and storytelling- really makes you think and appreciate your 'Now'.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    4.5 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    mr t m crossfield

    I really like this book, depressing? Yes. A good, thoughtful read? Yes to that too.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Flanagan

    This short but highly satisfying read is my second book by this author and like the first it delivers a fresh take on the apocalypse scene. Be warned if you are after a book full of action and stuff blowing up and going splat then give this book a miss. What this book delivers is a very realistic view of what the world would be like if all hope is lost and the human race is on the way out. As the title might suggest this book centres on a teacher whose students can be counted on one's hands and w This short but highly satisfying read is my second book by this author and like the first it delivers a fresh take on the apocalypse scene. Be warned if you are after a book full of action and stuff blowing up and going splat then give this book a miss. What this book delivers is a very realistic view of what the world would be like if all hope is lost and the human race is on the way out. As the title might suggest this book centres on a teacher whose students can be counted on one's hands and whose numbers are dropping every day. As one can imagine this is a very depressive state of affairs as life and Society as we know slowly fades away. Chris Dietzel manages to deliver a deeply engaging narrative that does not rely on action to keep one engaged. As a reader you are made to feel uncomfortable as you think of what you would do in similar circumstances, and this is what makes this book stand out. It's than ability of the author to touch something in the reader that gives the book a very frightening feeling of reality to it. I for one will be returning to the world that is De-Evolution series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I have been meaning to read Dietzel's De-evolution series for a long time now. This is the first one I've actually taken the leap on with the kindle version being free on Amazon. After reading this I will definitely be purchasing one of his longer novels in the De-evolution series. The author's take on the end of the world is so different from the mainstream take we see in so many of the popular books and movies that rule the media today, but I was worried that reading about the random thoughts an I have been meaning to read Dietzel's De-evolution series for a long time now. This is the first one I've actually taken the leap on with the kindle version being free on Amazon. After reading this I will definitely be purchasing one of his longer novels in the De-evolution series. The author's take on the end of the world is so different from the mainstream take we see in so many of the popular books and movies that rule the media today, but I was worried that reading about the random thoughts and events of someone who is basically just waiting for the world to end wouldn't hold my attention for more than 2 seconds. Luckily I was wrong in this case, Ray's interaction with her students and fellow teachers left me asking myself lots of questions. Also, it may not have been a huge part of the story, and I'm not sure if it will be part of the longer novels but, some of the characters still added some humorous moments which I enjoyed amid the dark reality this short story paints. I am still curious to see how Dietzel will hold my attention and continue to expand my thoughts in a longer novel.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Brillinger

    Every time that Chris adds on a piece to this story, I find myself thinking about it for a long time and this short story was no different. What I was left wondering in this case was: in the event of the world ending slowly, would I still care to go to school or to bother learning anything? I would like to think that I would still want to learn but maybe an organized classroom wouldn't be the right setting? Would I end up thinking everything is pointless because I knew my generation would be the Every time that Chris adds on a piece to this story, I find myself thinking about it for a long time and this short story was no different. What I was left wondering in this case was: in the event of the world ending slowly, would I still care to go to school or to bother learning anything? I would like to think that I would still want to learn but maybe an organized classroom wouldn't be the right setting? Would I end up thinking everything is pointless because I knew my generation would be the last generation? At any rate, this is the story of possible one of the last teachers as the world is dying off when 100% of all new babies are born "blocks. Blocks are unable to care for themselves and have no ability to communicate and no response to stimuli. Since I started reading Chris' series, I was extremely intrigued by this concept as it has a certain plausibility about it and frankly, it scares the hell out of me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Russell

    We already know that teaching is a noble profession but how can one teacher instill knowledge to her students when the end of the world, as we know it, is close at hand. With disheartened teachers around her and students losing hope, she too gives up. Or does she? A phone call from her parents reveals a secret she did not know and it turns her around to return to her classroom and not only teach but inspire her students. The author knows how to tell a great story and this one does not disappoint We already know that teaching is a noble profession but how can one teacher instill knowledge to her students when the end of the world, as we know it, is close at hand. With disheartened teachers around her and students losing hope, she too gives up. Or does she? A phone call from her parents reveals a secret she did not know and it turns her around to return to her classroom and not only teach but inspire her students. The author knows how to tell a great story and this one does not disappoint. He knows how to wet the appetite so when the story ends we are still begging for more. I highly recommend this short story and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us in the future.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Last Teacher (The Great De-evolution) by Chris Dietzel is a very strange and wonderful short story about a teacher that is trying to keep values and dreams in a time when there are none. A sobering and thought provoking story of a weird and terrifying future. Great story. A quick read that makes you feel like you are there and experiencing what the kids and the teachers must be going through. Great job!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Knivesinorbit

    I loved the way this short story had a great message and since it was so short, it moved at a great pace. It gave a since of the fear that has been shown in the other prior stories of the Great De-Evolution. I recommend this book and it works well if you wanted to read it as a prequel. It doesn't give enough away but sets up the destruction to come. I loved the way this short story had a great message and since it was so short, it moved at a great pace. It gave a since of the fear that has been shown in the other prior stories of the Great De-Evolution. I recommend this book and it works well if you wanted to read it as a prequel. It doesn't give enough away but sets up the destruction to come.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Barber

    A good read This is 2nd book I have read by Chris Dietzel set in this 'future' and I find it to be an amazing concept. If you are into dystopian stories this is a must read.... short but eloquent in its story. A good read This is 2nd book I have read by Chris Dietzel set in this 'future' and I find it to be an amazing concept. If you are into dystopian stories this is a must read.... short but eloquent in its story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annie Mahn

    A very powerful short story. It doesn't matter if you have read the full length books in the same series. This stands alone just as great as if you have read all the books. I'm always amazed at the different aspects of each story Dietzel writes that takes places in this setting. A very powerful short story. It doesn't matter if you have read the full length books in the same series. This stands alone just as great as if you have read all the books. I'm always amazed at the different aspects of each story Dietzel writes that takes places in this setting.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed

    was fascinated by the great de-evolution idea and, and found the dark dystopian environment thought provoking and somehow existentialist in it's way to find a meaning of what remained of life as we know it . was fascinated by the great de-evolution idea and, and found the dark dystopian environment thought provoking and somehow existentialist in it's way to find a meaning of what remained of life as we know it .

  26. 4 out of 5

    Geline

    With a whimper Life among the ruins comes alive on these pages. Each of the books in this series personalizes the sloooow catastrophe. Reader, what would you do?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tomyris

  28. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Mullaney

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adrian M Poplawski

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

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