Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Harvest by N.W. Harris (The Last Orphans, #2)

The Harvest
by N.W. Harris

My rating: 5 star FAVORITE

Series: The Last Orphans - Book 2
Publication Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
ISBN-10: 1634220722
ISBN-13: 978-1634220729
Genre: YA Fantasy |Post-Apocalyptic
Print Length: 300 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

In the wake of the apocalypse, nobody is safe.

Shane Tucker and his friends thought they managed to save the world from the destructive machine that killed off most of its adult population. Unfortunately, a war nobody was prepared for has only just begun. Now they find themselves joining ranks with a secret organization that will train them to fight for the right to survive. Taking refuge alongside other teenage survivors in a hidden base set deep within the mountains, they will learn how to repel an imminent attack by an ancient race of aliens.

Determined to safeguard the children under their charge, Shane and his friends compete for the ultimate prize—a suicide mission against the flagship of the alien fleet. While Shane's feelings for Kelly deepen, along with his need to protect her, he finds emotions clouding his judgment. He’ll gladly die for her. But he refuses to die with her. No amount of training can prepare them for what is to come. Everything the brave teenagers have endured thus far will be eclipsed, with the freedom of humanity hanging in the balance.

The Harvest is the heart-pumping sequel to The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris.

The Harvest (The Last Orphans #2)My Review
The Harvest by N.W. Harris

Okay, so I read N.W. Harris’ The Harvest twice, I admit it, why, you ask, when my TBR list is at least a mile long? It is THAT good, that intriguing, that powerful, and, yes, that frightening. Once again, N. W. Harris takes us back to his world without adults, where only the determination of youth and the will to survive exists. Mr. Harris has created a tale where honor and conscience still survive, where good versus evil will push the envelope of control for these kids, but never break it. Through all of the destruction and uncertainty, he allows his characters hope in the form of budding romances, because, if there is love, there must be a way to survive. He carefully details each scene, until the grit and grime, blood, sweat and tears feel like they are yours. As the tension builds to that final chapter, I could almost hear music rise in tempo and sound, feel the fear, the hope and the drive in these kids, all while being unsure if their efforts will succeed or if they will survive. But is this just one battle in a war of epic proportions?

Forced to take the weight of the world on his shoulders, Shane and his group of children and teens have survived the impossible, banded together and built a system of trust and reliance. The common ground besides survival is Shane, a teen himself, who has risen beyond his own grief, beyond what most could even endure and put the welfare of his new “family” first. Filled with his own self-doubt, he has mastered keeping it hidden from all but his closest allies and friends, but every decision is a crushing weight to carry.

After all these kids have faced, shouldn’t rebuilding their world be their only concern? Apparently not, the world is still roiling with danger, as alien clones, claiming to be allies, long hidden on Earth by the government warn them of an imminent attack from outer space. Their arguments make sense, they have shown nothing but kindness, but is their tale of human enslavement true? How does a teenager decide whether to trust them or not? Told they are the last defense against an advanced alien race, overwhelmed with too much information they do not understand, Shane and his top “people” become part of a training program against other teen survivors from around the world. Will being forced to compete against each other create enemies who cannot trust each other? Will they all learn that when the chips are down and the battle arrives, they will learn to work as a well-oiled machine designed to outwit, outlast and out fight their enemy? Are they sure they are fighting on the right team? Will Shane learn to recognize that his friends, his teammates, are there to help him? Will he see the potential and the strengths of those around him? In a world where trust is at a premium and answers are not easily found, these teens rise above and beyond their worst nightmares to become the definition of warriors and heroes.

Get ready to experience the fight for humanity, survival and renewal, The Harvest is upon us. If you breathe, you are in the right age group for this series! If you have teens and young adults, put this series in their hands.

I received an ARC edition from N. W. Harris in exchange for my honest review.

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