The Last Orphans by N.W. HarrisThe Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

The Last Orphans

byN.W. Harris

Paperback | November 11, 2014

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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 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.

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 hi...
Title:The Last OrphansFormat:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 8.52 × 5.55 × 0.68 inPublished:November 11, 2014Publisher:Clean Teen PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940534895

ISBN - 13:9781940534893


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting premise Shane Tucker was just talking with his aunt a few minutes ago and now she is dead. On his way to seek help in dealing with her remains, he finds more bodies, all adults. They're dead, all of them, all the adults. Thus starts the first book of a three part series by N. W. Harris. Within hours of this disaster, Shane has dozens of children gathered around looking to him for leadership. Truth be told, he's at as much a loss as them, but he can't let them know or they'll fall apart. Along with some of the older teens, including Kelley and Tracy, he forms a plan to find shelter and help. 'All the adults are dead' is a frequent theme for YA post-apocalyptic novels. This one distinguishes itself by explaining how it happens, which I appreciated. From that point it sets a clear goal, though how it's to be accomplished is up to the kids. The story developed in a manner that seemed fitting for what teems might actually do. Stick with what they know and not too much bravado. In typical YA fashion, this story moves quickly with lots of action and minimal details. We are introduced to many characters, but really only get to know a few of them in any depth: Shane, Kelley and Tracy. I felt bad for Shane when his aunt died, but then there were so many deaths, that I lost that feeling and never regained it. For the most part, I enjoyed this story and kept reading late into the night, but the characters didn't make an emotional connection with me. They needed to exhibit more emotion, to reach beyond their shell shock. I still wanted them to succeed so that the story would conclude and I'd be finished reading their tale.
Date published: 2016-06-30

Editorial Reviews

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.