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

Title: The Last Orphans
Series: The Last Orphans trilogy, book 1
Author: N.W. Harris
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Publication Date: October 9th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: Author

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

In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas—an out-of-his-league classmate—who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected—the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.

A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page, The Last Orphans is the first book in an all-new apocalyptic series.

Something is seriously wrong in the world. Adults are getting attacked by animals and each other. Leaving the children to fight for themselves. The survivors need to find a way to stop the attacks or they could be targeted too.
Wow, I think I kind of feel sick. It’s such a dark book but I really did enjoy it. The first few chapters were slow going but it soon picked up it’s pace. It’s different than anything I’ve read, it’s dark yet hopeful at the same time. I felt myself praying for everything to work out okay, like to the point I couldn’t tear my eyes from the pages.
Poor Shane, and all the other kids for that matter. To lose their parents/guardians and have to rely on themselves and friends to protect all the younger children. It’s such a heavy burden to put on a bunch of 16/17 year olds but they handled it so well. I felt sorry for them all, to have to see the destruction and slaughter all around them, poor babies!
Harris writes a gripping story, filled with loss and despair, hope and strength. New friendship and love. A good read if you like apocalyptic. Be warned though, it will touch your heart and maybe make you shed a tear or two like it did for me.
4 Rating