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. – Goodreads.com
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.