ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Last Orphans
Series: The Last Orphans Series #1
Author: N.W. Harris
To Be Published: October 17th, 2014
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Page Count: 274
Genre: YA Apocalyptic Sci-Fi
Content Warning: Violence, adult content, minor language
Age Recommendation: 16+
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.
Light faded from the gloomy heavens as Shane climbed over his aunt and out of the passenger side of the cab. Ominous green clouds still choked the sky, but the air was calm and quiet. He walked a few yards away and turned around, staring absently at the wreckage and wanting to die. The truck door hung open, his aunt’s swollen feet sticking out. Crippling numbness overtook him, pressing in on all sides, as if he were being buried in wet cement. 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?
“Help!” A girl’s hysterical voice ripped through his viscous daze like a bullet through a soda can. “Can you please? Help!”
The voice was pitched with agony and grief, but also very familiar.
Shane pivoted, the weight of his aunt’s nightmarish demise making it hard to move.
Two girls ran up the Douglas’ long, gravel driveway toward him. The taller one’s tangled, blonde hair billowed behind her. She wore cutoff blue jeans and a baggy, white T-shirt with crimson paint smeared across her chest. She dragged a shorter version of herself by the hand behind her as she ran. It took a second for Shane to register who it was.
“Kelly?” he shouted, his voice hoarse with shock. Struggling to break free of the catatonic state threatening to turn him into stone, he jogged heavily down the driveway to meet her.
“They killed my dad and my mom!” she shrieked, her eyes wild and her gaze darting like she expected some horror to jump out of the fields and attack her. “They went berserk and trampled them!”
“Wait—slow down.” Shane grabbed her shoulders to steady her. Her distress tore his mind away from the despair seeping through every part of his body, starving him for breath and welding his joints together. “Who killed your parents?” He realized the red on her clothes was fresh blood.
This is a great novel for any age to be able to read, from YA to adult. I enjoyed it because it had a little bit of everything and will have you on the edge of your seat. The cover is simple yet it reels you in to want a peak at what is inside of this novel. What do you think happens when children are left parentless? Well that’s exactly what this novel is about, it tells a story about the world being left without any adults and only children. Can they survive? What exactly happened to the adult population? That is part of this wonderful story you will have to open up to read!!! I would say definitely pick this one up and find out how the world can change children when it comes down to it. You will see new bonds form and new leaders take shape from the older children, of course there are still those that are chaotic and so with the new generations trouble takes a new meaning. You will see how those that were weak find their strengths and learn to work together to overcome obstacles that are thrown in their way. The main character basically gets thrown into the position and continuously questions himself if he can do the job he has been given! However, overall all of the characters that you meet you feel how they feel throughout the story. I loved how the plot thickened in some parts to add that extra tension and then in other parts lessoned to add that extra pull for the readers to keep following. The author will give you twists and turns and trust me if you are anything like me your mind will be swirling with emotions to try to figure out what happens next. The written style is impeccable and flawless. I know this is one series that I will have to follow because I want to know more and this is coming from someone that does not normally read YA novels on a normal basis. All I can say is wow to how she stops this first novel! This was a new author to my library and I can’t wait to keep adding her novels to my list. This is the start of an amazing series that you will want to keep up with to see what happens next. Hit your one-click button and get ready to have your mind blown away at the destruction!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born at the end of the Vietnam war and raised on a horse farm near small town north Georgia, N.W. Harris’s 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.
N.W. Harris published his first novel—Joshua’s Tree—in 2013. It was no wonder that with his wild imagination and passion for all things word related, that N.W. Harris was named a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Break Through Novel Award Contest. In early 2014, N.W. Harris joined the ranks with Clean Teen Publishing when they signed his new young adult apocalyptic adventure series—The Last Orphans.
In addition to writing, N.W. Harris has been a submarine sailor, nurse, and business owner. His studies have included biology, anthropology, and medicine at UCSB and SUNY Buffalo. He is an active member of SCBWI and lives in sunny southern California with his beautiful wife and two perfect children. He writes like he reads, constantly.
HTML WIDGET CODE