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The Last Orphans

(The Last Orphans #1)

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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 r
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Paperback, 274 pages
Published October 9th 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
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Gurleen this book is a fusion of the Maze Runner series and the Gone series. In the Gone series, a certain area has a dome covering it and everyone over 16 di…morethis book is a fusion of the Maze Runner series and the Gone series. In the Gone series, a certain area has a dome covering it and everyone over 16 disappears. The Last Orphans follows the same idea, but it impacts the entire world, everyone 18 and older disappears. I won't ruin the fun of the book, but I would certainly recommend it. This book is action packed and has the element of surprise. Hope I helped....(less)

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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The Last Orphans is book one in The Last Orphans series by N.W. Harris. Have you ever read a book that is so off the charts awesome that when you finish the last page you just sit there staring at the book saying, “Holy Crap, what in the world just happened?!” In the synopsis it says, “A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page,” which is a very fair assessment but not only gasping for breath, but gripping the nearest chair arm or nearby
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Dianne
The resilience of youth, the arrogance of the adult world of science and the struggle for survival, it’s all there in an amazing new series, if its flagship book is any indication! The Last Orphans by N. W. Harris is another hidden gem just waiting to shine on its release day in October.

Something horrific has happened and the entire adult population has been annihilated by insects, animals, birds and finally, each other. Children are left alone, afraid and clueless. They need a leader, someone t
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K.J. Chapman
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if all the adults on earth were dead, and you knew that unless you stopped the weapon that caused the slaughter, it will slowly start to turn against the younger generations? Not only that, you are one of the oldest children still alive- a teenager- with over seventy younger children looking to you as their leader?

This book was a pleasant surprise. I can't believe that you can pick it up for free on Amazon Kindle. I thoroughly enjoyed this well written, perfectly paced, action
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Toni
Sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker has had a rough life. When his mom died, he was left with a pathetic excuse for a father. I mean the lowest of the low. Right away I felt horrible for our main character. Shane’s grandmother was the one true ray of sunshine in his life — until the day she died. The story begins after her funeral. Shane is forced to deal with another verbal lashing from his father during the ride home. But they never made it home.

Shane’s father leaves him on the side of the road afte
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Angel Gelique
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reminiscent, to some degree, of O. T. Nelson's The Girl Who Owned a City, N. W. Harris' The Last Orphans explores a world where adults have seemingly perished, leaving all the children to fend for themselves. Groups of children band together and fight for survival.

Already feeling depressed over the death of his beloved grandmother, sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker angrily walks out of his belligerent alcoholic father's car to face an even more harrowing situation. Something very bizarre is happenin
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Definitely a must read if you're a fan of action and good story lines!

My review for this book comes a little late because I honestly couldn't describe it very well when I read it. Then I had a little vacay. Haha! Anyway, I'll be trying now soooo better late than later!

Okayyy..

Let me start with the word ORPHAN. This word is defined by Google simply as "a child whose parents are dead". I'm sorry, Google, but in this book, the word ORPHAN means more than that. That's just not enough. It ain't right
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Syesha
May 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Give me a sec-
Shsicbdsifjrhfhaidfhfhsdifhejs-- that book was horific. Yet I couldn't take my eyes off it.

What happens when all the adults in the world start mysteriously getting attacked to death by animals-- and those who don't, kill each other?? What happens once all the adults are gone, and only the kiddos are left to look after themselves? But most of all--what caused all this to happen? Yes, horific is the right word for this.

((I'll try my best to sum up the book, but I'm pretty bad at it
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Do you like The Walking Dead or Revolution? If so, then The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris may be right up your alley!

Sixteen year-old Shane's life changes dramatically in one horrifying day, right alongside every other under-eighteen-year-old. Within hours the adult population is decimated in a series of freak occurrences, leaving the kids to deal with the aftermath. Shane finds himself in a position of leadership in a band
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Star Shining Forever
Dystopia comes on the world, and once again the only survivors are teens! Imagine that!!

Have to say, though, this story of a small town's kids banding together in the face of an instantaneously ravaged earth and impending doom is a pretty good one. Lots of action, quick-thinking youngsters, and unexpected friends ready to put themselves on the line because there's no other hope.

The plot point of the government's secret "weapon" being designed to turn animals against only adults sorta makes sen
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Linda Todd
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Linda by: a gift
Fabulous story a wonderful roller coaster emotional ride. Seeing this story from a mother's point of view this is what happens the children suffer when man plays at being the big wig in war. This story got me mad, sad, angry, and also pride in what the kids went through and with little kids in tow. This book had me in tears most of the time so yes a amazing story well thought out and yes the story lines where great a wonderful mix of ups & downs. This story got to me good so I say to all go get ...more
Bailey
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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?
-The Last Orphans

Shane's grandmother was his rock and solid ground. Even when things got rough between Shane and his father, he always had his grandmother to turn to, but when she passed away, it shook his world to its very core. How would he ever smile again knowing that sh
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Bernard Jan
Exciting YA apocalyptic read about teenagers and other children left orphaned in a world where adults are dead or dying under violent attacks of animals or other humans, while the clock is ticking on them. If you like action and suspense, give it a chance!
Alyssia Cooke
Abandoned at about 30%.

The writing style is choppy and stilted. Characterisations are bland and obvious with no effort made to make the characters stand out or be individual. Narrative seemed forced and there were way too many eye roll moments. I got to the point where a local juvenile detention centre full of rapists, murderers and the worst of the worst before giving up in dismay as I couldn’t see the book getting any better from that point in. Not only had this nearby detention centre not bee
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Jessica McDermitt
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
If this book were a movie, it would definitely be R for gore. Other than that I really enjoyed it and definitely didn’t want to put it down! Until the twist reveal in the middle...yeah. I won’t spoil it for anyone but it was a little ridiculous. But that didn’t overshadow the rest of the book. If you’re a fan of the genre you’ll probably like this one!
sh(e)reader
Hmmm, I wasn't liking this much as I was reading it. I was skimming a bit, reading quickly just to get through it. But it ended on a cliff-hanger and I downloaded the sample of the next book and am interested in continuing, but I'm not sure I'm going to pay $$ (this first book was free). We'll see.

One thing that turned me off from the first sentence, was the fact that it was "highlighted" by 61 Kindle readers. Um ... why? The opening sentence is "Dad twisted away from the steering wheel and glar
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Brianna Lawson
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon!

Sorry about the long delay for this review!

But I have some very good news for anyone out there that is contemplating whether or not they should read this book! My answer is yes!!

The potline in this dystopian is one we've seen before but the way the author wrote it is what makes it unique. I truly appreciate an author that's willing to step out of the boundaries and make things different it's very refreshing to me. I don't want to give away too many spoilers but most of the
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Kacey
This book was given to me, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own

"Everyone changed so much in a short time, seeming grown up, ready to fight and to survive."

The concept of teens and children living in a world without adults isn't really a new concept, but this book is very refreshing, bloody, and unique, and stands out for me. This book was full of action and grief. I found it really hard to stop flipping through pages. It had really strong characters and it was so fun to read
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Marta Cox
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was recently asked to read this book as I do enjoy a story that's a little different. This book will undoubtedly appeal to those who enjoy stories that allow the younger generation to steal the limelight, think The 100 meets The Walking Dead because this is quite a gory tale even though it's clearly aimed at Young Adults. It's almost a story about Armageddon as from the outset the adults are dying in the most hideous of circumstances as the forces of nature seem to be unleashed. Something horr ...more
Teri
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 r
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Paula Howard
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! WOW! WOW! I cannot say enough good things about The Last Orphans. Absolutely, totally, riveting book!

Imagine waking up with your world intact. Jerks are still jerks. Friends are still friends. Adults are still in charge.......... and then in a blink of an eye.... your world is turned upside down. Imagine a world in which every person 18 and over is dead. They have either been killed by animals or adults that had become deranged. At 17 you and your friends are now in charge. You have to prot
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Juuli
Easy to read, highly addictive, and at times really disturbing. I read it as a horror novel but for others it will probably be an action packed young adult novel.
The main character, Shane, loses his granny and has a huge fight with his father after the funeral. On his way to his granny's empty house, Shane notices some odd things - the weather is changing and the animals act strangely. A few hours later all the adults are dead and the kids have to find a way to survive in this new dangerous wor
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The Glassed And The Furious
The main reason this only received 2 stars from me is the pacing. There is practically no intro, there's no building up a well-structured plot. It just all happens way too quickly and everyone moves on and it's all hurried along. The reader does not get a chance to really get to know any of the characters or really immerse in the narrative, instead, it feels like a train speeding by and we're only given glimpses at it all.
Apart from the pacing, I was a bit disappointed by the characters. First
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Tracy
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was kindly given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Shortly after starting this book, I was a little worried that it might be too close to Michael Grant's "Gone" series or even "Monument 14", but as I continued reading, my worries more or less evaporated and I got sucked right in. Sure, there were a few minor similarities, but nothing that bothered me too much.

The author does a fantastic job of making the reader see/feel everything the characters do. This is
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Melanie's
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get to read an arc of this book and I loved it! This for me was very reminiscent of writings by the awesome Stephen King and I suggest any fans of his grab a copy as soon as it is available. Although this is technically a YA read because of the age of the characters involved this is NOT what I would consider typical of the genre and for that reason alone it piqued my interest.

The characters are vivid (as are the situations they have to deal with) and this author certainly
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Luciana Gomes
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can see that it has potential to become a teen movie but it was just Blah! for me.
The synopsis is way better than the book itself. The progression of the story and the development of the characters are kinda weak.
Took a long time for me to finish it and I don't feel like reading the sequel anytime soon.

Didn't feel the chemistry between the major couple. To be honest I was rooting for someone else! Tracy was one of the only likeable characters.
And there was TOO MUCH unnecessary violence. It wa
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InD'tale Magazine
Mr. Harris keeps one on the edge of their seat throughout this apocalyptic young adult story.

Read full review in the 2014 November issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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S.W.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Last Orphans is one of those surprises that we come across every so often. It’s a dystopian thriller about a world where adults are wiped out and only the young are left. Yes, it sounds familiar but this book somehow grabbed me from the get go.

The drama started from page one, where we were introduced to the protagonist, Shane Tucker. A bond was quickly established as we saw first-hand the struggles he faces in his normal everyday life. From there, things move along at a fast pace and the plo
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Aurora
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.

In a single moment, Shane Tucker’s world is changed forever. Animals start attacking and killing everyone over the age of eighteen, leaving only teenagers and younger behind. Shane and the few other nigh-adults he can find step up to take care of the younger children that have survived the chaos that results. Together, they forge their way to a military base, where they learn that what caused the adults to die will strike yo
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Kathryn
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don’t normally write reviews, but I’m amazed at all these 4-5 star reviews and had to say something. I feel like I was reading a completely different book to everyone else. The storyline - all the adults die horrible deaths, kids have to survive on their own. Boring Shane (a character so one dimensional I kept getting him confused with Steve) is the reluctant leader and he fancies some girl who has a much personality as a dead fish. (But she’s sooo hot, she’s the hottest of hot 🤮)
The writing i
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Donnelle
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: a copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing that becomes clear when one begins reading this book is that Shane, the main character, is a good kid; one who has dealt with more than his fair share of loss and grief, and who has been burdened with an alcoholic father who is prone to rages and abuse of the verbal (if not also physical) variety. Within just a few pages, the reader is compelled to feel a vast amount of sympathy for S
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Born at the end of the Vietnam war and raised on a horse farm near small town north Georgia, his 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.

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