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The Last Orphans Paperback – November 11, 2014
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I was lucky enough to get to read an arc of this book and I loved it! This for me was very reminiscent of writings by the awesome Stephen King and I suggest any fans of his grab a copy as soon as it is available. Although this is technically a YA read because of the age of the characters involved this is NOT what I would consider typical of the genre and for that reason alone it piqued my interest.
The characters are vivid (as are the situations they have to deal with) and this author certainly doesn't pull any punches. Be warned though, as with MANY Clean Teen Publishing books it leaves you desperate for book 2. I got to the end and things were just starting to click in to place for me and THAT WAS IT! Grrrrrrrrr. V""V
Have you ever tried to think of the most horrible end-of-the-world scenario possible and then wondered if it would showcase the best or worst of those involved? Then this story is for you! Not only does it give you the backdrop of a horrendous event that would seem to usher in the end of the world, but the heroes that you see emerge are from those that you would least expect. It’s as if they needed this event as a catalyst to make them see that they are more then what they have always been. The potential that lay dormant until now not only emerges out of desperation but also from the revelation that it is finally time that they transformed into who they were born to be.
Shane’s day started the day off by attending his grandmother’s funeral. Except for this terribly painful event, it would seem to be just another day in his young life. What starts out as a horrible way to start anyone’s day ends up a million times worse than Shane could have ever imagined. In order to keep from losing his mind to the numbing darkness that threatens to overtake him and lull him into its false sense of peace, he reaches out to those he finds in need of help. He is able to focus on helping them and in turn keeps his sanity intact for as long as possible. What has become of his world is truly the unthinkable. The obstacles that he and his small group of friends and strangers have to overcome are mind-numbing and yet it drives them on to pursue a small sliver of hope that always seems to be just out of reach. When the unthinkable happens, and all they have time to do is react, will they step up and fight for what they know to be right, or will they run away and slip into self-preservation mode?
I was completely blown away by these characters. Watching them dig deep and find an inner strength and determination they never knew they had was absolutely incredible! There is nothing overtly special about any of the characters, but if you watch closely, each of them spreads their hidden wings and with unspoken words takes over the various roles needed to keep their band of rag-tag heroes walking straight with their heads held high. Their innate sense of integrity and justice is the only thing that keeps them alive and feeds their desire to survive and help each other despite their circumstances. They are utterly amazing and their huge amount of character growth in such a short span of time is phenomenal. I can’t wait to read more about them in the next book in this series!
N. W. Harris is new to me, but this author’s storytelling is pure magic. To watch him weave a heart-breaking storyline with such finess and depth, really touched my heart. He handled devastating situations with care and yet didn’t dwell on them and lose his overall focus. While this journey isn’t for everyone, it is a beautiful story that is sure to inspire hope that even in the darkest times, we can choose to do what is good and right, and nurture respect for each person that is a part of our life knowing that what we see on the outside is not always a true reflection of what is on the inside just waiting to burst into life.
About the Author
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. He lives in sunny southern California with his beautiful wife and two perfect children.
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I was right to go on instinct wow what a fab read and another alternative twist on zombie reads.
The animals have turned on all adults over the world from cows, horses, dogs right down to killer bees, rats and cockroaches, so if your over 18 just step away from your cute kitten or sleeping puppy right now...slowly now...shush no quick movements!
Sixteen year old Shane Tucker's day couldn't get any worse. His Grans funeral in the morning, arguing with his father and walking out by lunchtime; the skies turning an eerie green and the death of millions of adults over the world...killed by the wildlife and pets around them...leaving all the children of the world to fend for themselves "what a day" is a complete understatement!
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book being a passionate animal lover as I was guessing it would involve having to kill many cute furry animals; but it was tastefully written and most of the damage was already done...most...I said most!
Shane finds some of his friends who band together to take care of the smaller kids and try to find help and whats going on.
Mr Harris's creative mind gave this unique plot a refreshing twist by bringing in a doomsday machine, Dr Who, Thunderbirds and James Bond style. But its not as easy as just unplug it...oh no people...its in the basement of a government building armed and dangerous and if that's not all...did I mention they are on a time limit...of course they are...!
Find the Doomsday machine...check.
Get past sadistic gangs...check.
Avoid killer robots...check.
Watch-out for your friends killing you...check.
Watch-out for killer cockroaches/rats...check.
Oh and then turn off machine...hmm...simples...erm...not!!!
I honestly wasn't sure whether Id enjoy this book being a young adult genre as Im..er...over 30...I can feel my nose getting longer...but I was totally engrossed from page one and in some places I was actually holding my breath lol!
I loved how the main characters really develop quickly into thinking like adults and I found them engaging and believable and really started caring and rooting for them.
This is a compelling, action packed, thrilling read with plenty of gore and horror you are swept along without wanting to put this book down till the last page, then your gutted its ended and NEED book 2 NOW it really is that good.
The ending cliffhanger is just brilliant and I can't wait for book two this is genius.
NOTE: The Last orphans would make a brilliant film for any of you producer's out there.
* I was kindly sent this book for this review.
Yay for a zombie breath of fresh air!