Book Review: The Last Orphans

Summary: One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.

In the 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 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.  

This is the first book in this series.

Length: 277 pages

Author: N.W. Harris

This review is my own personal opinion and may contain some spoilers.  (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)

Pros: This novel, overall, was fast paced and an easy read that kept me turning the pages.  The main character, Shane, had a believable personality that was relatible.  It also had a mostly original plot which is nice because most apocalyptic novels are all the same.  The quality of his writing was also very good.

Cons:  The story lacked substance and the action moved along a little fast.  Meaning this, Shane picks up a crossbow for the first time IN HIS LIFE, and manages to hit his target dead on.  In the middle of a fight mind you.  Also, characters are introduced and then thrust into the action.  We get no picture of who they are as a person.  They just read as names on a page which was disappointing.

Overall, this novel was a fast-paced novel that will hold your attention.  I was able to read it in one sitting.  If you are into apocalyptic novels, you might want to give this book a try.

My Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️




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