Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Last Orphans by N. W. Harris (The Last Orphans, #!)

The Last Orphans
by N.W. Harris

My rating: 5 stars

The resilience of youth, the arrogance of the adult world of science and the struggle for survival, it’s all there in an amazing new series, if its flagship book is any indication! The Last Orphans by N. W. Harris is another hidden gem just waiting to shine on its release day in October.
Series: The Last Orphans - book 1
Publication Date: October 9, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Dystopian
Print Length: 222 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

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.


The Last Orphans (The Last Orphans, #1)My Review
The Last Orphans by N. W. Harris

Something horrific has happened and the entire adult population has been annihilated by insects, animals, birds and finally, each other. Children are left alone, afraid and clueless. They need a leader, someone to give them a feeling of security and a strong voice to follow. Enter sixteen year old Shane, still reeling from his own losses and the horrors he has witnessed. Old animosities are forgotten, new bonds are formed and all look to Shane and his keen sense of right and wrong to lead them, but to where? How? Is there anywhere they can truly be safe as they must defend themselves against other teens who seek to create chaos and power, like the ultimate in bullying.
As they begin their quest for a safe haven and the answers to what has happened to the adults, the answer comes from the dead when a radio message is received. Disbelief, rage and determination fuel their journey to stop the slaughter that may no longer “check ID” at the door. Will they make it in time? Can they protect themselves from wandering youthful tyrants? Heroes are made, some fall, but the youths have to endure in this world they have become the stewards of.

If I have ever doubted the strength of youth when left to fend for themselves in a frighteningly realistic scenario, thanks to N. W. Harris, I don’t anymore. N. W. Harris writes with clarity and realism as this tale unfolds in jagged pieces of tension, loss and survival. There are no over-the-top superheroes to save the day. These kids feel real, from their inner thoughts and insecurities to their determination to stay alive, even if they have no idea how. Each scene runs like a mental movie screen, the sounds, the sights, the emotions, I wear, I could smell the fear. If you read nothing else this year or better yet, if your YA reader reads nothing else this year, make this a priority. All this fantastic reading and no zombies in sight!

I received this ARC copy from N. W. Harris in exchange for my honest review.


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