Review: The Last Orphans (The Last Orphans #1) by N.W. Harris
Published: Oct. 9, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: Dystopia, Teens
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.
In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.
Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.
A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page, The Last Orphans is the first book in an all-new apocalyptic series.
What did I just read. I was really blown away with this book. Especially the gruesome scenes that were in the book I just was like WOW that is not how I would like to go out in the world.
Shane just had a funeral for his grandmother whom he loved deeply on that same day it seems there is something else that will happen. The animals he sees are acting very weird and not their normal self but he just blames it on the upcoming storm. Though as we progress in the story it seems that there is something more sinister at play.
What ends up happening next is something that is weird it seems that the animals are acting this way for a reason and certain age groups are affected. Whoa right. Well as Shane is driving to the hospital he sees a girl from school and helps her out which leads them to helping others out as well. Shane has a huge responsibility put on his shoulders in a small amount of time and he handles it quite well, I was glad to see him not just run away.
There is plenty of action and very describable scenes that I loved. The secondary characters I really enjoyed a whole lot and was glad they played a good part in the story line.
I also enjoyed how Shane didn't make all the decisions it was like everyone had something to say and had a voice, that is normally not the case in books that have a strong lead character in a situation like this.
When we finally learn what has caused this craziness it was like wow but how will the world be after Shane and his friends go on this mission. The way the ending came about has me for sure wanting to read book two as I got to know more. Who are all alive? I totally want to write more but I am going to give so much away if I do. I say give this book a read I don't think you will be disappointed at all.
Born at the end of the Vietnam war and raised on a horse farm near small town north Georgia, his imagination evolved under the swaying pines surrounding his family’s log home. On summer days that were too hot, winter days that were too cold, and every night into the wee morning hours, he read books.
In addition to writing, he has been a submarine sailor, nurse, and business owner. His studies have included biology, anthropology, and medicine at UCSB and SUNY Buffalo. He is an active member of SCBWI and lives in sunny southern California with his beautiful wife and two perfect children. He writes like he reads, constantly.