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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 rOne 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 Last Orphans Reviews

  • Carol [Goodreads Addict]
    2018-11-28 02:52

    The Last Orphans is book one in The Last Orphans series by N.W. Harris. Have you ever read a book that is so off the charts awesome that when you finish the last page you just sit there staring at the book saying, “Holy Crap, what in the world just happened?!” In the synopsis it says, “A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page,” which is a very fair assessment but not only gasping for breath, but gripping the nearest chair arm or nearby person for support and holding on for dear life.Sixteen year old Shane Tucker’s day has not started out well at all. He just left the funeral of his beloved Grandmother and his alcoholic father is driving home and kicks him out of the car on the side of the road. Shane’s Grandmother was his rock, his support when things got tough. Little did he know that her death, for her, would be a blessing. That she would not have to experience what was to come.It was on the side of that road that everything changed. The skies were churning, a storm was brewing but this didn’t seem like an ordinary storm. And the animals were acting peculiar. The bees were swarming. The cows were stampeding. The rats were running in huge packs. What in the world was going on?Shane’s life changed that day. Every single adult died, in the most horrible of ways. But, why? As the children gather to try to figure out what to do, they look to Shane for leadership. He can’t figure out why they think he knows how to lead them. He doesn’t even want the responsibility. But he knows they need him to stay cool, keep them calm, and somehow keep them safe. The question is, how?“A true leader was not afraid to have faith in his team.”These words were spoken by Shane’s high school football coach but couldn’t be more true in this situation. So Shane assembles his ‘team’ and delegates tasks. One member of the team is Kelly Douglas, a girl from school that is one year older than he is that he has worshiped from afar as long as he can remember. In school, she was so far out of his reach. But here, she seems as drawn to him as he is to her. When she is near him, she seems to keep him calm and helps him to focus. I just want to say here that I was in awe of Shane. This young 16 year old man impressed me beyond words. Just to be in his head, to see the way he saw people. He is wise beyond his years to say the least. He has known more pain in his young years than should be allowed and my heart broke for him but this has not taken away at all from who he is becoming.There are 78 children under Shane’s responsibility. He and his group decide they would be safer if they drive south to Atlanta to the military base. If there are any adults alive, they would be there. So they load everyone up in three school busses and head to Atlanta. The roads and highways are an obstacle course of crashed cars and dead bodies. Is it going to be worth it? Will they be safer in Atlanta or walking into a situation that could be worse?I think this is a good place to leave things, not wanting to give away too much. These kids will discover the reason for the madness and the job of trying to stop the decimation of the human race falls on them. The bonds only strengthen between Kelly and Shane which I enjoyed. I need that little bit of romance added in. This book exceeded every expectation I could ever have had. It is crazy good, gripping, stressful and just plain awesome. So hmmm, do I recommend it? I big fat YES! I can’t wait to see where Mr. Harris is going to take this next in book two, The Harvest, which is due out in April. I am so grateful to N.W. Harris for giving me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. So now, what are you waiting for? Get it now, and read it yourselves! I don’t think you will regret it!

  • K.J. Chapman
    2018-12-12 09:36

    What would you do if all the adults on earth were dead, and you knew that unless you stopped the weapon that caused the slaughter, it will slowly start to turn against the younger generations? Not only that, you are one of the oldest children still alive- a teenager- with over seventy younger children looking to you as their leader?This book was a pleasant surprise. I can't believe that you can pick it up for free on Amazon Kindle. I thoroughly enjoyed this well written, perfectly paced, action packed story. Harris has a natural talent for moving along the narrative from one chapter to the next, and having group dynamics and relationships moving effortlessly along with it.The older children, who have taken charge of the younger children, have not only to deal with the effects of the weapon, but other less accommodating gangs in the city. Each person plays a role in the group and have distinct personalities. There are deaths, and yes, they pack a punch.The ending was brilliant and ended on a huge cliff hanger. I shall be buying the rest of the series for sure- as in this week.If you are a fan of well written apocalypse stories with a great crew of characters, then get this book. It's FREE people.

  • Angel Gelique
    2018-12-04 02:43

    Reminiscent, to some degree, of O. T. Nelson's The Girl Who Owned a City, N. W. Harris' The Last Orphans explores a world where adults have seemingly perished, leaving all the children to fend for themselves. Groups of children band together and fight for survival.Already feeling depressed over the death of his beloved grandmother, sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker angrily walks out of his belligerent alcoholic father's car to face an even more harrowing situation. Something very bizarre is happening around him. The sky has taken on an eerie green hue and all of the animals have become dangerous. He witnesses his aunt getting stung to death by a massive horde of hornets, wasps and bees. Yet, the swarm ignores him completely. Only adults are susceptible to the madness.Shane joins forces with several older teenagers and they assume responsibility for taking care of a group of forlorn, despairing younger children. They combine their skills and knowledge to formulate a plan to search for surviving adults and answers to their many questions. Action-packed and suspenseful, this book will have you cheering on and worrying for the group of adolescents as they embark on their journey. They'll face many threats and dangers along the way. For a young adult novel, it is surprisingly gory and intense. I would classify it as a young adult horror since there are several scenes of descriptive violence and gore. It is incredibly well-written and highly engrossing. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, that I am going to buy a paperback copy for my daughter to read.It would be great to see this book made into a movie. Fans of "The Maze Runner" would absolutely love this story. It ends, a bit abruptly, with a cliff-hanger that opens the door for the second book. I can't wait to continue reading this exciting series.Many thanks to the talented author for offering me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • ✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿
    2018-11-22 07:57

    Definitely a must read if you're a fan of action and good story lines!My review for this book comes a little late because I honestly couldn't describe it very well when I read it. Then I had a little vacay. Haha! Anyway, I'll be trying now soooo better late than later!Okayyy..Let me start with the word ORPHAN. This word is defined by Google simply as "a child whose parents are dead". I'm sorry, Google, but in this book, the word ORPHAN means more than that. That's just not enough. It ain't right to say their parents are just dead, that's it and that's that. It's more than that.. so much more. You'll know in a bit why I say this now.You see.. Shane and the entire population have been living their normal lives (as normal as people can achieve, I guess) when suddenly, a tragedy happens. An unbelievably terrible tragedy that wiped out all adults! A little info: I didn't read the blurb when I read this. I mean, I read it when I added it of course, but with my TBR list? I forget stuff easily. You can just imagine my face when it happened. I mean the adults being wiped out. I was in shock because the story line is damn amazing and um horrifying at the same time.What do you do when you're a teenager and then suddenly you don't have parents anymore? Aunt? Nope. Grandma? Nope. Teachers? Nada. Oh, and what do you do when your schoolmates suddenly look at you like you're their only hope?Do you leave them? Do you wallow in misery and just rot there? Nope. Not a chance. You fight.At least that's what Shane did.That is why ORPHAN'S meaning to me is waaayyy different from Google's. Orphan to me is being a survivor, stepping up to the challenge of fending for yourself and maybe other people with you, and maybe, just maybe, making it out of every bad situation alive and kicking. This is the story of orphans' trying to find their way in a world that is almost lost to them. They meet many, many challenges ahead. Mind you, this is not a pretty super hero book. It's very brutal. It's straight forward and it doesn't beat around the bush. It's detailed and full of twists. I like the pacing and I like how the characters handle themselves. The good guys are my new idols when it comes to teen spirit. The bad guys.. Hmm.. They are real darn effective since I've probably killed them 10 times in my head. All in all, I want, I beg, I implore, I plead to everyone ... READ THIS!! Give this book a shot. I promise that it will make your heart pound, squeeze it and let it fly. I CAN'T WAIT FOR APRIL!!! I'M POSITIVE THAT THE NEXT BOOK WILL BE A LOT MORE AWESOME! Many thanks to Carol who was perceptive enough to know that I will love this book! :)

  • Toni
    2018-12-15 08:33

    Sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker has had a rough life. When his mom died, he was left with a pathetic excuse for a father. I mean the lowest of the low. Right away I felt horrible for our main character. Shane’s grandmother was the one true ray of sunshine in his life — until the day she died. The story begins after her funeral. Shane is forced to deal with another verbal lashing from his father during the ride home. But they never made it home.Shane’s father leaves him on the side of the road after effectively degrading him for feeling sorrow about his grandmothers passing. You think that sounds tough? What happens next is shocking and terrifying, and it only continues to get worse from there. During his trek to find solace at his now-empty grandmother’s house, he notices several strange occurrences. Animals being to behave in a panicked and agitated manner, which Shane can only assume is a warning of the impending storm. If only that were true. There’s a storm brewing alright, but not in the sense that you might imagine.The Last Orphans is a unique tale that provides an excellent twist on an end-of-the-world scenario. It’s packed with action and gore – two of my favorite ingredients for a good post-apocalyptic story – as well as a tenacious plot that packs a wallop and keeps the reader begging for more.Shane and the rest of the characters are beautifully written; full of depth and distinction. Mr. Harris makes it easy to feel a plethora of feelings for each one. His capacity for good world-building makes slipping into the setting effortless within the first few pages. At times I felt like the story was a bit over-the-top, which generally turns me off, but in this case it’s what kept me turning the pages.If you want to read a careful, safely-written, typical post-apocalyptic story then this is not the book for you. But if you want to dive head first into the deepest end of this genre, you won’t want to miss out on this first book of what promises to be an amazing series.I will definitely recommend The Last Orphans to all fans of horror, post-apocalyptic, and science fiction stories. I’m really looking forward to continuing this series. I’m also hoping to keep some of my fingernails intact during the process. This is a true nail-biter!

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    2018-12-04 04:48

    I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.Do you like The Walking Dead or Revolution? If so, then The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris may be right up your alley! Sixteen year-old Shane's life changes dramatically in one horrifying day, right alongside every other under-eighteen-year-old. Within hours the adult population is decimated in a series of freak occurrences, leaving the kids to deal with the aftermath. Shane finds himself in a position of leadership in a band survivors, which includes Kelly, his totally-out-of-his-league crush, her little sister, and many other friends and classmates. Shane's group sets out to figure out why the adults were all slaughtered, and they come to learn they aren't inheriting this new world, but will be the next victims of an unknown weapon. A weapon that won't stop until everyone is dead. The story Harris weaves in The Last Orphans is a well-paced, high-octane thriller that reads like watching a movie play out on the big screen. It's a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic tale of loss and survival. The core cast is incredibly relatable and well-drawn. There are no over-the-top heroics, just people trying to make the most of the hand they've been dealt even if it's the worst day of everyone's life, and they have no clear idea of where to go and what to do. I appreciated the fact that we get to see multiple sides to each character, especially with Shane's internal conflict. For me, Tracy really steals the show. It is refreshing to see a great female character take on what is generally a role reserved for males. Sometimes these kinds of role reversals don't work out, but here it does and it really pays off.I'm so glad I found this intense action-packed nailbiter and lucked out and was offered the chance to read it in exchange for an honest review. Thanks again, Mr. Harris! I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

  • Star Shining Forever
    2018-12-04 05:47

    Dystopia comes on the world, and once again the only survivors are teens! Imagine that!! Have to say, though, this story of a small town's kids banding together in the face of an instantaneously ravaged earth and impending doom is a pretty good one. Lots of action, quick-thinking youngsters, and unexpected friends ready to put themselves on the line because there's no other hope. The plot point of the government's secret "weapon" being designed to turn animals against only adults sorta makes sense, from a technologically-induced "we finally found a way to win the PR war as well as the physical war!" standpoint, but adulthood doesn't arbitrarily start at 18. Some would say it starts at 16, and the Jewish culture considers it 13. If "the weapon" worked against those who'd gone through puberty because the body changes so much then, that would make sense. And the "counting down" with kids 17-16-15-etc. being affected in order was just silly. Not much romance, a guy likes a girl and they get physically close a couple times & kiss. And there's a LOT of violence, much of it gory. Some of it is intense battle-type fighting, but there are savage animal attacks that do get gross.

  • Linda Todd
    2018-12-04 01:33

    Fabulous story a wonderful roller coaster emotional ride. Seeing this story from a mother's point of view this is what happens the children suffer when man plays at being the big wig in war. This story got me mad, sad, angry, and also pride in what the kids went through and with little kids in tow. This book had me in tears most of the time so yes a amazing story well thought out and yes the story lines where great a wonderful mix of ups & downs. This story got to me good so I say to all go get this book it is a wonderful story to get you thinking what if. This amazing book I would be very happy to recommend to my friends my thanks go to the wonderful author Neil W.Harris & my thanks to him for the privilege of reading his wonderful book and hope to read more about the Last Orphans in the future. So with that all said keep smiling and happy reading to all with love from wee me. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Bailey
    2018-12-03 09:36

    It invaded his mind, drowning his thoughts, and leaving only dejected questions that no one could answer. What was he supposed to do now? Why did he have to still be alive when everyone he loved was being taken from him?-The Last OrphansShane's grandmother was his rock and solid ground. Even when things got rough between Shane and his father, he always had his grandmother to turn to, but when she passed away, it shook his world to its very core. How would he ever smile again knowing that she was no longer of this world, waiting for him when he opened her front door? The day of her funeral was solemn and heavy with sorrow, but it was only the beginning of what would turn into an even worse nightmare. After he has yet another fight with his father on their way home from the gathering, Shane is forced to leave the car and walk the back country roads by himself. He decides to go to his grandmother's home, both a comforting and familiar place for him to calm down and think at. Along the long journey to get there, though, Shane notices the nearby animals and insects acting with what could only be described as strange behavior. Their abnormal conduct almost makes them seem a bit upset and even aggressive, almost as if they are ready to attack people. Luckily, his aunt finds him on the road, and they begin to drive to the grandmother's house together. Then the worst possible thing happens . . . every insect and animal goes berserk. They go from human to human, assailing them viciously until their victims are dead. Calling 911 doesn't work, no one will answer. The fire and police departments won't pick up, either. The sky's a sickly color, a storm's brewing, and people are being murdered left and right by nature itself. Shane desperately tries to make it to the hospital when his aunt is swarmed by flying, stinging insects, but it's not looking too good. Shane know it's too late. Suddenly, two girls come running up to him from their home. The beautiful girl Kelly, whom Shane goes to school with, and her little sister Natalie are in hysterics. Their parents were just killed right in front of them. Shane realizes that he needs to help them and tells them that he'll take them to town.Seeing a light on at the school, they head there in hopes of finding adults who survived the slaughter. When they arrive, the three find a multitude of children huddled in fear. Their parents are gone forever, and they have nowhere and no one to turn to. Soon, they inexplicably designate Shane as their leader, against his will. He has no idea how they decided on him, and he definitely has no idea on how to take care of a hoard of children his age and younger. How can he protect them? He has no idea how he got put in this position, but his noble heart will not let these innocent people down. Along with his friends, it is up to Shane to lead, protect, and defend those that were spared death, but this will not be easy. The overbearing weight of loss is heavily pulling on his shoulders. He lost all of those he cared about, but he has Kelly to get him through, his secret crush. He has to look forward and be strong when no one else can do it. Why did nature go crazy? What made the world go mad? Will Shane survive this whole ordeal while keeping his head on straight? Are there any adults left? What does it take for a hero to arise in a dark and hopeless place? How can one find the will to live if there is nothing worth living for? Read The Last Orphans if you dare to go on a wild, dangerous, and hopeful journey to find safety in a chaotic existence in order to survive!My thoughts on the book:The Last Orphans was an intense read filled with intrigue, mystery, death, loss, hope, and survival. As I was reading it, I realized that this novel was persistent with a very prevalent thought of not existing for one's self but existing, instead, for others. I believe this theme to be terribly thought-provoking. Shane was a wonderful demonstration of what it means to be truly human even though being human means being flawed. Shane was real. He felt loss just like every one else. He battled between choosing what was right and wrong. He made huge decisions based on what was necessary. And most importantly, he was able to demonstrate the best of humanity. When it came down to it, he put his misery aside, hid his despair, and tried to pose a brave face so that he could be the strength for those who had already lost it. He never asked to be the leader of almost one hundred individuals, but no way was he going to let everybody down because being human means to fight and care for each other. He was a truly admirable character and probably one of my favorites out of many books that I have read these past few years. When it comes down to it, Shane was a refreshing face in YA literature.I can easily say that N. W. Harris has a specific talent when it comes to writing. No matter how horrific scenes became, I couldn't look away or stop reading, no matter how hard I tried. From start to finish I was engrossed. I was avidly hooked on the idea of a world without adults, as well. As a result, I would highly recommend this book if you enjoyed Michael Grant's Gone series. How would teens react if they had no one to answer to? Would good win over evil? Who would be the voice of reason? These questions were all answered uniquely in The Last Orphans. Each character was different and provided specific opinions and ideas when it came to varying scenarios, allowing the reader to understand what a certain type of person might do compared to another. I loved how there were so many awesome characters in this book! Besides Shane, I adored Tracy. She wasn't your typical girly girl. In fact, she kicked ass! (Please excuse my language.) She proudly represented females everywhere. Of course, I couldn't help but also love Kelly due to her compassionate and understanding attitude. I felt as though she brought out the best in Shane, as well. It was great seeing the two develop together and individually throughout the story's entirety. So many people grew between the start and finish of this book!I highly recommendThe Last Orphans, and I can't say that enough! I was dying to know why the adults were wiped out, and the answer chilled me to the bone. I promise that you'll be cheering for Shane, his group, and their safety. Plus, the ending will leave you begging on your knees for more! I know I am, at least. N. W. Harris has created a masterpiece that many will love. Please note that I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, but this in no way played a part in either my rating or my review. For this reason, I would love to give a huge thank you to N. W. Harris for letting me read and experience all that is The Last Orphans. 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  • Dianne
    2018-11-23 07:48

    If all the adults were gone...Who would lead the Children?Click on Banner to Enterto WIN your next great YA Read! Tome Tender Exclusive!International 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.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.Series: The Last Orphans - book 1Publication Date: October 9, 2014Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing Genre: YA DystopianPrint Length: 222 pagesAvailable from: Amazon |  Barnes & Noble

  • Brianna Lawson
    2018-11-21 04:32

    Review coming soon! Sorry about the long delay for this review! But I have some very good news for anyone out there that is contemplating whether or not they should read this book! My answer is yes!! The potline in this dystopian is one we've seen before but the way the author wrote it is what makes it unique. I truly appreciate an author that's willing to step out of the boundaries and make things different it's very refreshing to me. I don't want to give away too many spoilers but most of the adults on the earth are dead and all of the young people of the world have to gather together and sort out the mess and survive. What really impressed me is how brave all of young people were as they were thrust into a situation that they had no control over and they handled it so well. As a person who reads dystopian's quite frequently I'm always looking for different and unique story settings and I was very pleased when I read this book and I can definitely say it's worth picking up and it's worth reading!! I would love to take this moment to thank the author for giving me the chance to read his wonderful book and review it. As I said in many other reviews I have read quite a few dystopian books so I kind of know what I'm looking for with writing style and characters as well as story line and this book definitely delivered. < spoiler> In the spoiler I wanted to praise the author of the idea of the animals killing off a lot of the adults I thought that was very unique and I didn't see that coming at all when I started the first page it was such a surprise. When I'm reading a book my imagination tends to take over and when the dogs were attacking that car in a particular part of the story I pictured angry Rottweilers and it was just so scary. I love it when an authors writing style feel so realistic that I get transported into that world.< /spoiler> I also want to say that I'm very impressed with the way that the main character took on his role of leadership. He basically had to take care of a bus full of elementary kids along with people that were his age that we're looking to him for guidance and that really does wear you down. Later in the story you could see that he was getting weary and tired of being the leader and the one that everyone look to for answers. I mean he just wanted everything to go back to normal and I thought that was very realistic character development. After all the main leader he's just a kid himself and he's been given this giant role to help take care of everyone else. I can't wait to see where the author takes this storyline in the next books. Again I just wanted to say how amazing this book was and I hope my review is satisfactory. But one things for sure I definitely enjoyed this book and I want to thank you again for giving me the opportunity to read it!!5 out of 5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Kacey
    2018-12-16 04:36

    This book was given to me, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own"Everyone changed so much in a short time, seeming grown up, ready to fight and to survive."The concept of teens and children living in a world without adults isn't really a new concept, but this book is very refreshing, bloody, and unique, and stands out for me. This book was full of action and grief. I found it really hard to stop flipping through pages. It had really strong characters and it was so fun to read about how this new world effects them and makes more brave. The Last Orphans is a dystopian book based on a world where adults are killed off all at once, leaving teens and children to learn what happened and protect themselves. Shane Tucker has had a pretty awful day, going to his grandmother's funeral and fighting with his alcoholic father. Little does he know, that it is about to get so much worse. Suddenly the sky turns green, a storm picks up, and his aunt is murdered by a ton of bees. He finds other teens and finds out they are in the same situation, having their parents and grandparents dieing from nature and animals. He meets Kelly Douglas and her sister Nat, and together along with his best friend Aaron, football player Steve, tough girl Tracy, and a gothic girl Laura, they have to protect over 70 kids. Soon they learn that they may be in the same danger the adults were in, and go on a mission to save everyone from possible death. One of my favorite parts about this book were the characters. My favorites were Shane, Tracy, and Aaron. The main character Shane was just a great naturally born leader. He goes through so much pain in a matter of hours, and loses so many people, but he still steps up to help others. Tracy was probably my favorite character. She was such a bad ass and a survivor. Aaron was Shane's best friend and seemed like a really funny nice person. I do have to say that I thought this book was really gory. I mean, due to the type of book it is, it's supposed to be that way, but it might have been too much. Harris went into detail about many adult's deaths and different graphic scenes. I didn't really bother me, but if you aren't into bloody scenes, read with a little cation. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It reminded be a lot of Gone by Micheal Grant and The Walking Dead. So if you are into good world building, gory scenes, and a ton of action, I would give this book a try!

  • Marta Cox
    2018-12-18 09:48

    I was recently asked to read this book as I do enjoy a story that's a little different. This book will undoubtedly appeal to those who enjoy stories that allow the younger generation to steal the limelight, think The 100 meets The Walking Dead because this is quite a gory tale even though it's clearly aimed at Young Adults. It's almost a story about Armageddon as from the outset the adults are dying in the most hideous of circumstances as the forces of nature seem to be unleashed. Something horrendous is happening but the attacks against the adult population are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Step forward Shane a young man whose day started off badly but just kept getting worse. Left alone and running scared he finds himself aiding others like him who have lost their families but soon it's apparent that there's more at work than just nature turning against the adults. Shane will do his utmost to help protect the weak but the world is in chaos and someone has to take charge. Shane may not think of himself as a natural born leader but his mettle is about to be tested as the scale of terror escalates to new heights!I don't wish to spoil this book for other readers so will be careful what I write here. This was a unique story that had me guessing just what on earth had happened and how would the author end it? It's quite graphic at times in terms of violence and gore but does pack quite a wallop for a Young Adult read. As an older reader who enjoys romance I would have liked to see the blossoming relationship between Shane and Kelly ( cheerleader type obviously!) explored a little more to offset all the mayhem and horror but it was a compelling read that kept me turning the pages . I particularly liked the way the teenagers quickly matured enough to make tough decisions and found myself rooting for them. The end? O boy that was a complete surprise and there's clearly a lot more to come. Yes it's a cliffhanger but you know what? For once I don't mind! This was fast paced , completely different and very entertaining! I may well prefer a slightly more mature story but I was truly kept guessing.I was gifted a copy of this in exchange for an honest review

  • Teri
    2018-11-23 04:46

    The decimation of the adult population isn't new material in YA books, but what happened after that in this book was original. The Last Orphans didn't shy away from the realities that could occur in a post-apocalyptic situation.The action begins almost immediately and there is very little down time between action sequences. Shane was so easy to like - a nice guy who loves his granny, loyal friend, and secretly crushing on the hottest girl at his school. He is saddled with an enormous amount of responsibility, but handles it well and tries to do the best for everyone. Besides Shane, there's a good supporting cast of teenagers from different walks of life that add some diversity to the story.The author did an excellent job with imagery - having been to northern Georgia numerous times, I felt like he really nailed the descriptions. The action sequences were exciting, well-written, and easy to visualize.Something I found a little difficult to buy into was the fact that Shane and most of his friends seemed to be expert shots with weapons they'd had little to no experience with, especially military weapons, although it certainly added to the thrill of the action sequences.The Last Orphans is a fast-paced, quick read and the surprise ending gives the reader a hint of what's to come in the next book.I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Paula Howard
    2018-12-12 05:52

    WOW! WOW! WOW! I cannot say enough good things about The Last Orphans. Absolutely, totally, riveting book!Imagine waking up with your world intact. Jerks are still jerks. Friends are still friends. Adults are still in charge.......... and then in a blink of an eye.... your world is turned upside down. Imagine a world in which every person 18 and over is dead. They have either been killed by animals or adults that had become deranged. At 17 you and your friends are now in charge. You have to protect the little kids. You have to provide food, shelter and safety. Living with the loss of your families. What do you know about being the boss.Shane becomes the leader... not by his choice but by his friends and classmates. Joining him as leaders are Kelly (his secret crush), Tracy (who knew she was so strong), Aaron (his best friend), Matt and Steve. They head to the military base for help. Not going to happen. They hear a recorded looping message by a scientist who explains what happend and how to stop it. Can they?What happens when the forces begin to change them in to killers. When they begin to become the victims of animals.The ending..... OMG.... who is that woman? This may be a YA book but I absolutely loved it. Can't wait to read the next one. Some of my 7th and 8th grade strong, mature readers will love sinking their teeth into The Last Orphans.This book was provided by the author for a honest review which I have given.

  • Juuli
    2018-12-13 04:46

    Easy to read, highly addictive, and at times really disturbing. I read it as a horror novel but for others it will probably be an action packed young adult novel. The main character, Shane, loses his granny and has a huge fight with his father after the funeral. On his way to his granny's empty house, Shane notices some odd things - the weather is changing and the animals act strangely. A few hours later all the adults are dead and the kids have to find a way to survive in this new dangerous world. Shane and his schoolmates have to band together, make some really tough choices and later live with those. The main characters had depth. I liked how they had all those mixed feelings. It made everything more realistic. Also, they didn't always agree to each other, nevertheless these kids found ways to support each other and move on. And they weren't smug at all (look at the book cover), they were dirty, exhausted, numb, and lost. They had doubts but they didn't have the luxury to give up when over 60 kids depended on them.This book was heartbreaking, gory, and as I wrote before very addictive. It is also free on amazon at the moment.

  • Tracy
    2018-12-15 03:48

    I was kindly given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Shortly after starting this book, I was a little worried that it might be too close to Michael Grant's "Gone" series or even "Monument 14", but as I continued reading, my worries more or less evaporated and I got sucked right in. Sure, there were a few minor similarities, but nothing that bothered me too much. The author does a fantastic job of making the reader see/feel everything the characters do. This is one of those stories where you're constantly like, "Ugh, these poor kids!!" and you cringe like crazy when you think of the impossible decisions they have to make. The MC, Shane, grudgingly steps into his "appointed" title as leader, using tips from his former football coach to guide him in this role. Full of action, heartbreak, mystery, tense moments and tinged with a bit of romance, this is an engaging story that I highly recommend.

  • Melanie
    2018-12-18 05:46

    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

  • sh(e)reader
    2018-12-13 05:30

    Hmmm, I wasn't liking this much as I was reading it. I was skimming a bit, reading quickly just to get through it. But it ended on a cliff-hanger and I downloaded the sample of the next book and am interested in continuing, but I'm not sure I'm going to pay $$ (this first book was free). We'll see.One thing that turned me off from the first sentence, was the fact that it was "highlighted" by 61 Kindle readers. Um ... why? The opening sentence is "Dad twisted away from the steering wheel and glared, the veins in his leathery neck and temple bulging." Why on earth would anyone think that worth highlighting, much less 61 people?I really didn't care for the entire first chapter. While it was introducing us to some of the characters, it just didn't flow naturally. Really clunky. Had to push through. I have read several books with this theme (some catastrophic event killing off all the adults leaving the kids to struggle for survival). The Girl Who Owned a City, Night of the Purple Moon, Apocalypses, Gone ... I really liked the first three, couldn't get into the "Gone" series though. In "Gone" all the adults just disappeared, in the others, it was a plague (or something from a comet). Here ... the deaths were horrific. Throats torn out by dogs, stung to death by wasps, chased and trampled by cattle, eating alive by cockroaches. Ewww. And then Shane contemplates a few times how infants and toddlers will be trapped in cribs, screaming and starving, but he can't do anything about that. And of course there happens to be a juvenile detention center close by, so we happen to have a group of teen rapists/murders on the loose too. I was really thinking only a couple days had passed, yet already gangs had formed and territories staked out and that group was "living like kings" ... everything just seemed to happen so fast. Too fast. While "alien" technology is mentioned ... perhaps that should have been introduced earlier and more apparently. If this is "realistic" ... it isn't! If it's paranormal, then maybe I'll suspend my disbelief a bit more. And that is where this is going (from my peek at book 2).Unless there is a great sale on the sequels, I'll likely just stop here. I've got too many books waiting in my kindle cloud and library list to spend $5+ per book for ones I'm just iffy about.

  • Aurora
    2018-12-04 08:53

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.In a single moment, Shane Tucker’s world is changed forever. Animals start attacking and killing everyone over the age of eighteen, leaving only teenagers and younger behind. Shane and the few other nigh-adults he can find step up to take care of the younger children that have survived the chaos that results. Together, they forge their way to a military base, where they learn that what caused the adults to die will strike younger and younger survivors next. It’s up to Shane and the others to stop it before every human on earth is killed.I will start off by saying that I have mixed feelings about The Last Orphans. In some respects, I found it clichéd and difficult to read. In others, it was refreshing and unique, with great attention to details that in my experience are often left out or overlooked in similar disaster novels. Shane and his relationship with the lead female character, Kelly Douglas, were the main part of this book that I found clichéd. Shane is a football player and Kelly is “the hottest girl in the twelfth grade and his future wife when hogs learned to fly.” Shane lusts after a girl who is seemingly unattainable and a grade above him (though the fact that he is indeed a football player who can’t get the girl is refreshing). This is something that I personally have seen many times and I have gotten quite tired of it. Additionally, Shane decides that his main reason for staying alive is to protect Kelly. She is his main goal for survival. While this is perfectly acceptable, in my opinion, for someone to latch onto another’s survival as their reason for staying alive, I don’t particularly like that it was Shane who fought for Kelly’s survival, for three main reasons. First, Shane has barely known Kelly and has only watched her from a distance with maybe a few interactions. He has very little personal attachment to her other than crushing on her from afar. I can understand that Kelly is what Shane turned to after watching dozens of people he cared about brutally killed, including all his remaining family members, but I still find it trite and irritating to read about. Second, Shane and Kelly develop a small romantic relationship throughout the book, cumulating in a kiss at the end, and that’s something that I am quite tired of in apocalypse-themed books in YA fiction. Been there done that in plenty of similar books I’ve read. Third, taking a more feminist point of view of things, having Shane focus on Kelly and want to protect her puts emphasis on Shane’s prowess and takes away from Kelly’s ability to protect herself. While Kelly does turn out to be quite epic in her own right, that is not how it is portrayed initially. I find the stereotype of the football player in the disaster scenario protecting the girl to be, again, trite and irritating. Shane looks to protect Kelly and Kelly’s wellbeing, not the other, younger children he ends up caring for or his friend Aaron, who he has known for a lot longer and is closer to than Kelly. Granted, extreme trauma and hormones play a great deal into actions during survival scenarios, but this is a book and therefore the author had a choice over Shane’s actions. And while it’s not necessarily a bad choice, it’s just not one I like was made. It would have made reading this book more interesting and refreshing if Shane’s focus on survival was on something other than a girl he is just getting to know. The overall idea of the plot I found was a tad trite as well, although I do not have as much of a problem with this as I do with Shane’s relationship with Kelly. The apocalypse basically happens, adults die, and the teenagers are left to salvage the world. Also, the reason for all this destruction was because (view spoiler)[ a government project went wrong. Oh, and at the very end, it turns out that some of the adults survived and they want the heroes who shut the project down to come with them.(hide spoiler)] Again, been there done that. It wasn’t a horrible plot line, but it was just…not very unique. The teenagers-only thing has been used a lot recently, as has the (view spoiler)[ government project gone wrong(hide spoiler)] trope. These might be some people’s cup of tea, but they’re not mine.On the other hand, there were several things I appreciated about this book. For one thing, death was not held back on. Lots of death, (view spoiler)[ including of main characters.(hide spoiler)] I find it annoying when characters survive lots of dangerous things largely unscathed, but these characters didn’t. Plus, there were numerous creative ways in which adults were killed in the beginning of the book, which changed my mind from the idea that this book would be unoriginal and repeating conventions and clichés I’ve read before. It makes me sad when there’s so much death, but as someone who appreciates writing that suspends my disbelief, I liked this particular feature of The Last Orphans. Other things I liked include: (view spoiler)[- The characters of Laura and Tracy. It was nice to see some varied and epic females in this book, even if they were a little stereotyped. But Tracy saving the day in the end was quite enjoyable to see.- The assault scene. This is something unusual to encounter in YA fiction, from my experience, so it was refreshing to see some of the gritty and painful reality of what would happen if the world did go to chaos and criminals escaped. It pains me that this does actually happen, but the reality of the scenario was nice to see.- The archery. As someone who does archery myself, it was fun to see it used in the book, and not just as something that makes the main character stand out (which is okay, but not a trope that fits in this genre). No, they used compound bows for hunting to protect themselves. Yaaaay! Realistic bow use!- The characters used school buses. That was creative and a good way to transport the children and supplies they found. I appreciated that.(hide spoiler)]Overall, despite the problems I had with it, The Last Orphans was an enjoyable book to read. It isn’t one of my most favorite books I’ve ever read, but it was not a bad book by and means. I would recommend this book to people who are fans of The Maze Runner Trilogy and the Gone series.

  • Donnelle
    2018-11-19 08:28

    Full disclosure: a copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. The first thing that becomes clear when one begins reading this book is that Shane, the main character, is a good kid; one who has dealt with more than his fair share of loss and grief, and who has been burdened with an alcoholic father who is prone to rages and abuse of the verbal (if not also physical) variety. Within just a few pages, the reader is compelled to feel a vast amount of sympathy for Shane, and to recognize that even though he’s dealing with so much, he’s got a good head on his shoulders and is someone for whom it’s easy to root. That is particularly important since he is the one whom the story follows ultra-closely from beginning to end, as he very quickly finds himself in the role of de facto leader once the calamity – in actuality, it’s more akin to a series of world-altering calamities – begins in earnest. Others have done exceedingly well covering the premise of the book, but I do need to mention the concept. So many post-apocalyptic novels or works in which millions (or more) of the world’s inhabitants are eradicated are based upon disease or something of that ilk. Here, though, that is not the case. Shortly after the attacks begin, it becomes clear that the animals, insects, et. al., that are engaging in pack mentality to the detriment of the lives of all adults, are at the mercy of a force that leaves them lost, confused, and even remorseful after each successful attack. That is demonstrated to great effect on an occasion or two when some of those animals look for affection from a teen just after they’ve killed yet another victim, and encounter only hatred and disgust. Interest and curiosity as to why all of this is happening builds until it is revealed from a somewhat unexpected source. The root cause of the adult population being wiped out – indeed, what causes every animal, insect, and every person who has reached adulthood to turn murderous – is something the likes of which I’ve never encountered in a book before, which is certainly a credit to the author’s keen imagination. As Shane has to navigate this new, horrifying reality – while being, at turns, lost, overwhelmed, confused, frustrated, and resentful that he has been involuntarily thrust into the role of leader - he is accompanied and aided by a group of teen characters, many of whom initially seem to be somewhat cliché – the blonde, out-of-reach cheerleader; the goth girl; several jocks, etc. – but readers quickly find that those main characters rise above their archetypes. These young people step up when necessary as they become the new “adults” charged with ensuring the survival of the children in their group, and become relatively fleshed out individuals in their own right, which isn’t an easy feat for a book that is so heavily action- and adrenaline- based. It’s easy to care about several of them – especially when a very sweet connection steadily builds between Shane and his long-time crush, Kelly - which ups the emotional stakes considerably when it becomes apparent that very few of them are safe and/or will make it through the story in one piece. As for all of that action, much of it takes the form of extreme violence, which runs from the gamut of man versus man; man versus animal/insect; man versus nature, and the like. Throughout all of this, the initial event spreads still further, adding to the threat and danger exponentially, and posing (and subsequently answering) the question of what it takes to push people far enough that they’ll be prepared to take the lives of others. Without sugarcoating it, there’s a lot of death and maiming in this story. A lot. Those who are squeamish need to be aware of that, but I would say that it does serve a purpose, in terms of ratcheting up the horror and suspense to a fever pitch. In fact, the action and violence are fairly cinematic in scope; so much so that I could easily this being adapted for the big screen. When all of that action abates - just when things are seemingly resolved, or at least, are settling down – one heck of a cliffhanger is presented to the readers. It happens very quickly, but in short order, more than enough intrigue and surprise are created that ensure that readers will be anxious to find out what happens in the next installment of the series. One final note: this book may technically fall under the purview of the YA genre, but it doesn’t read that way; that is to say, this is a story that will easily capture the interest of older readers and captivate them with its mixture of action and suspense. This is a fast, adrenaline-fueled read, that intrigued me from the very first page, and the ever-increasing suspense kept me turning the pages as quickly as I could to find out what would happen next. Mr. Harris is a new author for me, but after I so thoroughly enjoyed this book, he now holds a place on my “must read” list. I’m anxious to find out what will happen next to Shane and his eclectic group of friends and co-survivors, so it goes without saying that I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a well-written, fast-paced, action-packed read.

  • Ethan Gregory
    2018-11-24 04:41

    Full review and more available at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...*********************************************************************************My Thoughts:I oftentimes find myself bouncing from genre to genre, looking for the next spark in my list of 'great reads'. It's been a pretty bumpy road lately. For every great book I review, I turned down a handful, it seems. For months now, I have stared at the cover of the novel and reread the synopsis thinking 'one day I'll check it out'. Well folks, today was that day. Last night before bed I said to myself 'well, I'll just read a chapter and see what I think". 75 pages and an hour later, I was hooked. So much for sleep!From there my whole day was spend itching to get off work so I could rush home and finish this read. HOLY SMOKES PEOPLE. Seriously, I couldn't step away. Could not step away. Absolutely incredible. The only negative critique that I have of this novel is its' length. My B&N version clocked in at only 207 pages. I flew through this read. Which is fine, but I would have loved to see a longer version of this novel. I am sure that Harris has a whole folder on his computer somewhere of 'deleted scenes' from Orphans and I'll tell you what, I need to see them!Also, a warning to some of you. This book does get a bit graphic as it deals with many gruesome deaths and adult situations.As you guys know, here at One Guy's Guide to Good Reads, I review a bit of everything from a plethora of authors. One side of the literary community that I always fall short on is male authors. In this female dominated community, it's hard to find a male author who is not only writing, but producing high quality works. On this blog, I've only review a handful in a years' time. I am beyond honored to host a review for Harris here today. To say Harris' writing style is impressive, would be an insult to this incredible novel. Words can't hardly describe it. I know now after glancing at multiple other reviews of this novel that I am not the only one that thought this, but Harris has a huge knack for horror writing. I would definitely dub him one of the 'Stephen Kings of YA'. I do not know that a YA book have ever given me chills the way that this story did. The description that Harris is able to put into his settings with so little words are incredible. Harris is definitely one of those authors where 'less is more'. It was incredible how his writing was able to evoke such images in my imagination. This entire story was like a motion picture played in my mind. Absolutely phenomenal. When it comes to the plot line, I won't say that this idea is completely unheard of. What I will say is that Harris definitely takes this and makes it his own. A world without adults may seem like a great time, but Harris shows us all how truly terrifying it could be. No rhyme, rule, or reason, can a group of children really come together to survive? The gripping emotions brought forth from this plot line left me beyond words. How do you fit this much story into a mere 200 pages? I will say that for some reason I was constantly comparing this novel to The Maze Runner, except.... much better. I wasn't a huge fan of the MR trilogy, but I loved the tone that James Dashner set. I believe that Harris also does an absolutely incredible job of showcasing that the YA genre can compete for those coveted horror-readers. The characters in this novel were awesome. There wasn't any beating around the bush. They were blunt, brash, and would grow from children to strong willed adults in a very short period of time. I was able to relate with so many of these characters that it made each and every hardship tear at my heartstrings. Kudos to Harris for this incredible character development!Survival, loyalty, and maturity are all huge themes in this novel. I am sure that this will only expand as the series continues, but these these are interesting on so many levels. To be honest, I'm not sure that this same novel would necessarily work if it were flipped on its' head and all the children died and left the adults to fend for themselves, the loss of innocence and the aging of a child are both heartbreaking and pivotal moments in life and Harris captures those moments perfectly. I cannot wait to see what the next novel holds for our characters.As you guys can clearly see, I was a huge fan of this novel. Without a doubt one of the best YA I have read all year. I am granting The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris a well-deserved 5-star review. I was hooked from page one and was not disappointed in the least. You have definitely gained a huge fan here Mr. Harris. I cannot wait to follow your latest works! Here's to many, many more successful stories! The Last Orphans is a MUST READ for fans of horror, sci-fi, and any YA, especially those looking for 'something different'. I know you will not be disappointed!*********************************************************************************

  • Holly Newhouse
    2018-11-17 02:50

    The Last Orphans by Neil W HarrisPublished by Clean Teen PublishingReviewed by Author Holly Newhouse for Eternal Book Reviews"In a world of it's own, it's so amazing.....20 out of 20 Stars!"I cannot begin to rave enough about this book!!! Being asked to read this amazing and fascinating book is a dream come true for this reviewer! I just could not put it down!Knowing first hand the great amount of work that goes into the writing of a book, editing it and editing some more until it becomes not only your masterpiece but your very soul becomes part of it and that is clearly seen in this magnificent book and is written by an equally amazing and masterful storyteller!This fantastic fast paced book begins with the world thrown into chaos as everyone over 18 is killed or destroyed by animals, insects, etc... in nature. You meet Shane, a teenage boy as shell shocked as any seasoned soldier who has lived through the trauma of war. Through his vow to keep the girl of his dreams and her little sister safe from harm, an unwilling yet true leader emerges out of the chaos to take control and lead over seventy kids through a world that has basically become a war zone. He almost losing it himself in order to save the lives of the others in his quest to lead those he is in charge of, to safety.This amazing author is extremely well written and the editor has done a tremendous job as well with this book. The character development is superb and the plot as well as the storyline, oh my goodness, it is extremely realistic, fascinating and flows beautifully throughout the whole book! The descriptions are vivid and give just enough detail to incite the imagination but not too much as to be overdone.I was able to visualize the characters, how they looked and what they were doing as they dialogued and that takes some true talent to accomplish. I not only felt that I was right there in the book with Shane and Kelly and the rest but, it no longer became a book I was reading but a movie I was watching play out in full color and volume in my mind and very few authors have been able to do that and then, its usually non-fiction authors who accomplish it the best but Neil Harris has done exactly that for me and that is the highest compliment I can give.This book moved me to the point where I cried, laughed, cringed and even yelled at the characters and along with them, I wanted to jump right into the book myself, so engaged was I with the book and the characters themselves and for the first time I felt my adrenaline and fight or flight response kick in and with a book at that! That is exceptionally rare for me.To be honest, this author is pretty darn amazing in my opinion and in his ability to tell a story and make this reviewer feel so many things and become so engaged that there were points in the book where I had to stop reading or risk breaking my computer! No kidding!Author Neil Harris has done the impossible through his words and ability to tell a fantastic story, his ability to vividly describe and set up a scene and buildup to several conflicts and does so flawlessly.Don't believe me? Then I highly encourage you to read this book for yourself! You won't be sorry, not one bit, I can guarantee you that! Take it from someone who has read literally millions of books and thought I had seen and heard it all but, I have been proven wrong by a few authors lately and this author is one of them!I rarely say this but, I will say it now, i will be sitting on my hands and on pins and needles awaiting for book 2 to come out so I can once again immerse myself into this magnificent series and I will definitely be begging this amazing author to please let me read and review book 2 of this series! Look out followers, mark my words, this will become a new bestseller!On a final note, I want to deeply and personally thank Author Neil Harris for asking me to read and review his book. It has a been a true honor and thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing a book that completely turned my world upside down for a time, you are truly gifted sir!

  • Nicole Hewitt
    2018-11-17 01:56

    3.5/5 StarsThis review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction AddictionThe Last Orphans was a unique entry in the YA dystopian world, mostly because it’s a little grittier (and maybe more violent?) than typical YA fare. The concept isn’t completely unique – all of the adults suddenly disappear from the world – but the results are more devastating than what you typically see in this type of book.What I enjoyed:The realism. Let’s face it, if all of the adults suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth, things wouldn’t go too well. This book kind of focuses on the mayhem that would ensue. First off, kids from a local youth detention center escape and attack the kids (sexual assault is implied). Then, they are forced to enter the Atlanta (for reasons I won’t spoil), and gangs have overtaken the city. At first, I thought this seemed extreme, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is probably pretty realistic. After all, there are gangs in the inner cities now – if there was suddenly no one in authority to stop those gang members from violence and looting, what would happen? It probably wouldn’t be pretty. Also, the main character, Shane, is aware that he can’t help everyone and he has to make some tough choices. For instance, he is aware that there are probably very small children and babies stuck in houses without adults to care for them and they are most likely going to die. But, what can he do? Search every house? Rescue everyone? It’s just not possible.The pacing. The action in this book pretty much never stops, so the book definitely doesn’t get boring. The kids’ lives are suddenly very dangerous. Kids get hurt. Some die. They can never just sit back and relax. And the ending of the book was especially action packed.The negatives:The lack of realism. Yep, I know I’m contradicting myself here, but here’s the thing – while I thought that Harris did a great job being realistic about some of the fall-out of adults disappearing, there were other things in the book that were completely unrealistic to me. For instance – the reason behind the adults being attacked by animals. I won’t give away what the reason actually was, but parts of it just made me shake my head in disbelief. I actually would have preferred a completely supernatural explanation because the explanation that was given was too far-fetched for me, and I had a really hard time getting past it. How would this thing target people of a certain age (and why would it start targeting younger people? – The reasoning given didn’t make any sense to me). And don’t even get me started on a bunch of random kids who were able to easily use weapons and military tanks. I really had to suspend disbelief once I got to the part of the book where answers were given, and I had a hard time with it.So, I enjoyed this book, but I had a hard time with believing parts of it. I’m definitely interested to see where Harris goes with the next installment, though (especially since he gives us a really intriguing twist in the end), so I’ll be keeping my eye out for the sequel. I give this one 3.5/5 stars.***Disclosure: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  • Jenny
    2018-12-17 07:56

    Loved this! couldn't put it down, but i am disappointed in the ending, I know there's more books in this series and I've already purchased book 2 so I can start it asap but the ending to this book felt so rushed compared to the rest of the book, from the point of them leaving the city it's almost like the author said 'Ok I'm happy with that, let's just stick something on to tie it to the next book, I felt like so much time and effort was put into this book and maybe (i don't know as I'm not an author) but maybe the author had a word count to stick to? and so the ending had to be chopped down? but whatever the case I was disappointed in the way the ending was rushed. But that doesn't mean I didn't still love this coz I absolutely did, I had trouble putting this down and will be jumping straight into the next book, and so because I loved it im gonna give this 5 stars because really I don't know the reasons why the ending was rushed and although I would have loved for it to be more detailed it was only last 2% that I wasn't happy with the other 98% of this I loved so I don't feel it fair to rate lower than 5 for something that I don't know the reasoning behind.

  • Casia Courtier
    2018-12-12 08:46

    It seems that I've been reading quite a few young adult apocalyptic books, but not many spurred dreams (or possibly nightmares) like The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris. The Last Orphans doesn't cut around the disturbing. Within the first few chapters you are either struggling with the characters or devouring every disturbing moment. I flipped flopped between the two.This book starts strong and keeps going until the end. Everything you can imagine, or maybe not, happens in this book. The way the adults are taking out of the picture is disturbing, but seemed plausible once you learn what caused it. It was pretty easy for me to figure out bits and pieces to the story, but Harris did surprise me as to why the terrible events happened. I was even more surprised near the end. I was literally at the edge of my seat, biting my fingernails, praying that what I was worried was going to happen didn't happen. I can't tell you what goes on, but it's action packed.What I love is that you can't really be too close to the characters. Though this isn't Game of Thrones, people do have terrible things happen to them. Like the blurb states, all the adults are slaughtered. And can I just say that Harris made an absolutely crazy way to do it. Think Alfred Hitchcock birds, but with every animal. You're an adult with pets? Well, you better hope that the world doesn't end up like Harris' book.There are younger people who die and younger people who become adults way too soon. This book deals with the what ifs. What if all the adults are gone? What if the animals all went crazy? What if the teen gangs are taking over? What if Juvie kids are free? What do you do? Do you sit around with your thumbs up your butt? Or do you fight?Shane was an interesting character. At first I couldn't understand why everyone was looking to him for guidance, but it made sense after some reflection. He had just gone through a funeral and seen the death of a loved one. Those things so close together helped numb him and give him a clearer mind than the other teens who might never experienced death or at least hadn't seen someone die a horrible death. Shane had a good head on his shoulders, he listened and worked with the advice of others despite his personal beliefs. I don't think I could have been like him. Shane wasn't only just a leader, he had an innocence to him, but forced himself to push it aside. The sad thing is, he doesn't allow himself the time to grieve when he allowed others that time. I fear in later books it will burn him out.And yes, there will be more books. Harris gives a hint as to what caused it, but there's obviously more to it. On top of that, a complete 180 happens. You won't even know what hit you. I personally didn't understand how in the world that was possible, but when I looked at the clothing the visitors had and then remembered the technology involved in the book, I instantly got excited. Sorry, can't get into it too much without giving too much away.If you love survival or apocalyptic stories, look into this book. Seriously, the young adult label is more geared at the characters' ages than anything else. I can definitely see this book as a good read for both adult and teens.

  • kynndra-jo
    2018-12-17 02:57

    As the synopsis covers just about every detail the reader needs to know - I'll just jump right into my thoughts on this one. First of all, I want to thank the publishers for providing me with a copy to read. The Last Orphans centers around children and teenagers alike who are left to fend for themselves when all the adults on planet earth are slaughtered. What I enjoyed about this novel in that it is for mature audiences. The content and descriptions of the violence are gritty - Harris certainly knows how to make his readers cringe. All I can say is that if I feared bees and wasps before, you can damn well bet I'm terrified of them now. You see that dog over there? He isn't Lassie - no, he's Cujo. If you're an adult you'd better expect a pretty gruesome death.After Shane, the main character loses his grandma the world begins to go to hell. Quite literally. With little to no order left, children start to ravage the streets and turn into wild beasts. Shane in turn finds his friends, hop on some buses with seventy-some other kids and make their way to an army base seeking answers, and hopefully some adults. However, what they find there will change their lives forever. This story centers on banding together even when it looks like there is no hope. It displays the prosperous and evil side of humanity - what was once good is no longer safe. In a world with no order, who can you trust?What I thoroughly enjoyed were the emotions we saw from the characters. They were raw and very real - after all, they are just kids. Kids who have seen their parents torn to shreds, kids who have had to murder just to live, kids who have lost everything that made them who they are. With strength as a group, they are forced to rebuild what was taken away from them. The older teens become the parents to the younger children. Their innocence wiped away and replaced with more responsibility ever imaginable. It's a very strong message of how life sometimes deals out bad cards, we just have to grab the bull by the horns and keep going.The story itself held my attention; however, it took me just about a week to read this book - which a long time for me. I myself found that the plot moved so quick that the reader couldn't catch up to the characters. Which was disappointing because for me the characters are a big part of why I read. While I enjoyed their emotions, I just couldn't feel any attachment to them. Without that connection I wasn't as attentive to what I was really reading.Also, the cover. It ties into one of the scenes.. but to someone who hasn't read it.. well it appears like a bunch of wild-child teens just set fire to their school as they pose with wicked grins. No.. my dearest friend, you just endured one of the worst moments in your life.. why are you grinning? I know, I know - it's just the cover! But I can't get over it.Other than those things, I found the story interesting and the plot captivating. The Last Orphans ends with a killer cliffhanger. While I wish a few points were stronger in the novel, I will continue to the second once it is released. Harris developed a sinister story which will be sure to chill those light of heart.

  • Amber
    2018-12-08 04:53

    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.

  • Marie-Eve Castonguay
    2018-12-11 05:56

    What would you do if the world ended, every adult died and animals went crazy? Well, that’s a part of what you’re going to see in The Last Orphans. This book is about a group of kids whose world has come to an end and that are trying to survive without adults around and animals going crazy all around them. It was quite a good book and wasn’t at all what I expected.Something that definitely surprised me about this book is that when I first started reading this, all I could think of was: ’’Ugh. Not another Gone replica. So tired of this Sh*t’’ But I force myself to keep reading in case I was wrong. And turned out I was wrong. This wasn’t another Gone stupid replica! It was actually quite original and unlike anything that I read before. Something that really hit me about this novel is how you get attached to the characters. You ask yourself: ‘’What would I do if that was me?’’ And you really don’t want them to die.Let’s start off with Shane. He’s a 15 year old boy whose mom died a few years ago and his grandma died in the beginning of the book. I really felt bad for him because he had a really crappy life. Death takes away everything from him, but he still manages to get through it. He ends up being responsible of a lot of kids after the world comes to an end. He’s a really smart boy that doesn’t really want to be the leader of their new formed ‘’gang’’, but still assumes his role since he realizes his people need him. He’s really courageous. One good thing about him is that he felt real to me. He wasn’t some kind of superhero and he didn’t act like one either. And like I said earlier, he doesn’t really like having the burden of leadership like most people would feel.The side characters were amazing too. I really liked Tracy and Laura because they were both really strong even though they’re the kind of people who builds walls around themselves. Kelly was the ‘’cheerleader’’ girl and I’m not one to be a fan of cheerleaders, but I surprisingly liked her. She, like Shane, felt real. Though once in a while, I would feel like she was like a puppy dog or coming to Shane’s help whenever he needed it or did his job for him. I mean, he can wipe his own scratches. I know that sounds a bit picky, but I was a bit like: ‘’Oh, come on girl! You must have better things to do.’’ But apart from that, I really liked the side characters.Something that satisfied me in this book is that they didn’t actually stayed alone in the whole novel. That would’ve been really boring. The action scenes iin this are amazing and I loved them. They were probably my favorite part. As for the romance part of this novel, well I guess it could’ve been a little more developed, but I guess it was okay.Overall, this book was amazing, action packed and addicting. I was on the edge of my seat for half the book and the other half I was trying not to cry. It really gets you maaaan!Even though I said it wasn’t like Gone (Michael Grant), I still recommend that you read this if you were a fan of Grant’s series or a fan of the Monument 14 series.Final rating: 4 Shining Stars 

  • Teresa Vogt
    2018-11-18 01:57

    This isn't about spoilers, it's not a critique of another person's views it is simply what this book brought out in me while reading it. I say this with all honesty, This IS a GREAT book. The chapters seem small so it gives you breathing room but it may just be so fast paced you don't care. I didn't put it down from cover to cover I was hooked. It shows the good parents and bad that every high school would have had in their lives. The conflict with the juveniles, the gangs and those that see a group needing protecting are all what society faces. It is a quick read and logical progression, the Teens and Tweens act responsibly in ways that any Parent would hope they would, a little stretch but any responsible teen can make these moves and decisions. It is a hard look at being faced with the end of civilization as we know it leaving the youngest to deal with it. As a single mother before 20 I can relate to the quick switch into adulthood and the hard choices. I can also relate to the innocent questions and reasoning's at how the younger kids act when faced with such an upheaval in there lives. I am sad at the postponement into looking for the tots and babies but hope that that can be addressed in a sequel. Realistically there is little hope for this small group to care for everyone, the fact they know it and the central characters made the choices they could. I look forward to this having a sequel and possibly developing further, once adults come forward at the last minute maybe there can be a back step that saves some of those thought lost. It is a classic what can we logically do vs what we want to do, who can we save vs who we would drown trying to save. Hard choices and not easily made, the fact they are not forgotten is a testament to the characters moral compass. They face what they must and cope. I recommend this as a book for any age that can understand this is not a when it will happen just a start of thinking as to what would you do if it did. The small chapter breaks leave time to discuss with a kid over the nightmare age at the thought of being without Mom. That discussion can make kids think and understand, and needed in the world that can very easily happen. What do you do to stay safe, who do you trust and why. Kids need to be taught differently now then they were 50 yrs ago, sad but reality. Race, age or religion isn't the point it's the moral compass, the ability to stretch for that inner self, do more if it is needed. Something needed to be taught more in this age of teach your kids to be dumber and less responsible that our kids are being taught now by our school systems. Not expecting maturity from our kids is not doing them a favor of our children and the idea that someone will always step in and save the day. Like any parent I want kids to be kids, but also know there is a time and a place when you have to set aside the toys and take care of younger or older in our society. I will eagerly await a sequel, because I feel this story needs one and the characters need to continue to grow and mature.