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.
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. The Last Orphans is a unique story that had me guessing just what on earth had happened and how would Mr Harris 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? Oh 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