Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review ~ The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

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

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. 

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The day Shane's family buried his grandmother turned out to be a day that would change his life forever.  Not only his life, but the life of every child.  You see, that day all of the adults were either killed by bugs or animals or by each other.  Every.Single. Adult.  Since Shane is one of the oldest left in his town, he is looked to as the leader.  Not something he asked for, but he really does not have a choice.  Imagine a young child or even a toddler having no one to look to for help, care or even food.  It's indeed a grim time for Shane and the other children.  As Shane and his friends try to find out why all the adults were killed, they find out information that is truly horrific and mind-blowing and it is now up to them to stop the madness - because the clock is ticking once again.

If I had to sum up this book in just one word, it would be WOW!  The authors writing is so descriptive, I felt like I was right there in the story, witnessing the death and gruesome killings.  The Last Orphans was truly an intense, nail-biting story that had me furiously  turning each page needing to know how this tragic story was going to end.  But let's talk about the ending shall we?  What the heck?  This one ends in a WTH moment that made me want to scream!  This story took a turn in a direction I did not see coming and I need the next book now!!! 

This is definitely one book that I would highly recommend, but be warned - you will need to set aside some time just for this book because you will not want to put it down. 

5 stars

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.

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