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The Last Kids on Earth

(Last Kids on Earth #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  11,592 ratings  ·  1,086 reviews
Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he's armed to the teeth with catapults and a moat, not to mention video games and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew scavenged from abandoned stores. But Jack alone is no match for the hoards of Zombies and Winged Wretches and Vine Thingies, ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I’m going to leave it at a 3 for now. The main character kid is a bit of an annoying dick. My favorite is June but she doesn’t come into play until almost the end. We shall see in the next books. I’m going to watch the Netflix show sometime.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
As part of our homeschool day I require my 8-year-old to read to me 1 - 3 chapters a day from a book of his choice. After he read one chapter of The Last Kids On Earth, he decided he wanted to read another. And after that one, he decided he wanted to read another. This went on for a couple more chapters until he decided he wanted to read the whole book today. I was given a lunch break and a few potty breaks, however, my son gleefully read the whole 225 pages of this book to me in one sitting. Th ...more
I love monsters...zombies, giants, mutants....doesn't matter what kind. If a story has a monster in it....I'm gonna read it. Even when the book (technically) is written with children in mind, and not 50 year old grandmas. My teenager doesn't even get embarrassed anymore when I leave the library with stuff like "The Goo that Ate My Teacher.'' I can always say I'm checking it out for my grand kids (The closest one lives several states away....but shhhhh...don't tell). In all actuality, there are m ...more
But it wasn’t.

Meet Jack Sullivan. Zombie hunter, monster slayer, late-blooming, slow-developing 13-year-old. He’s riding out the monster apocalypse from his tree house, and is doing his best to keep busy.

He’s set himself achievements, like:
Mad Hatter! – Steal the hats off five zombies.
Outrun! – Beat a

I was put off by how sexist this book is. I understand it is from the point of view of a 12 year old boy, but really, come on. We need to do a better job of teaching boys what girls are like if this is how they really think.

First of all, the (only) girl character in the book doesn't even make her entrance until page 156 of a 225 page book. Good grief.

Secondly, the main character, Jack, spends the entire time questing for her. His ultimate feat is to rescue June, because in his mind she is

A sort of chapter book-graphic novel hybrid, similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid in format, featuring ZOMBIES, and a hilarious protagonist. It’s like the trifecta of kid-lit AWESOME.

After a monster attack destroys the town of Wakefield and transforms most of its citizens into zombies, one of the last survivors is 13-year-old, Jack Sullivan, self-proclaimed “zombie-fighting, monster slaying, tornado of cool.” When Jack’s not battling the undead, he hangs in one of literature’s B
Alexandra Calaway
Yikes-Town! I was really enjoying this until the protagonist called "dibs" on a girl as if she was an object he could claim ownership over and not an actual human being with agency over her own feelings.

Did his friend tell him that's not how "girls work?" Sure. But this was not a strong reaction and the protagonist did not back down from this bullshit stance until his friend proved to him that he was not trying to steal "his girl." GROSS.

The silver lining is - I read this for a tween book club
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, read-2017

My youngest daughter has kind of fallen out of reading, so for this past Christmas I bought her a bunch of books in the hopes of getting her excited about reading again. Well . . . No dice. She still hasn't picked any of them up. So I thought maybe if I gave them a try she'd be a little more interested? Not sure yet how that's going to work out overall, but I really enjoyed this one, even if she never reads it.

Jack is an orphan in foster care who has FINALLY made a friend at his most recent scho
Kailyn Kausen
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I bought this book for one of my little sisters this past Christmas and she didn't read it, so I was like, fine. I'll read it. Apocalypse is big right now and so are sassy male leads like Percy Jackson. Jack Sullivan is a sassy male lead and this book is about an apocalypse. The thing that makes this series different is that it is illustrated, not like most kids books where there is a picture that goes along with the text - in The Last Kids on Earth, the pictures are a part of the story, maybe a ...more
Ruth Ferguson
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Received a copy at BEA 2015 - now is this the kind of book I would usually pick up? No, and if it were straight text I would have skipped it but the graphics broke up the story put a clever pace on the end of the world story that I found it entertaining and engaging.

The YA crowd should love this rag tag bunch who manage to stay alive on their own --- barely.
Kelly  (UnshelvedEdition)
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
We got our son his first @ gift card for Christmas this year so he would have the chance to pick his very own books and feel proud for paying for them on his own. He spent a lot of time browsing the aisles and made me do about thirty laps before making his final decision.

The Last Kids on Earth box set.

This story is very cute and definitely something I would recommend for any middle grade child. Middle schoolers fighting zombies and monsters and living off video games and junk food in their hom
Nov 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
Given to me to read by my excited, bookworm 10 year old. This book put a pit in my stomach. It references porn and is sexist towards the only female character (who is also a love interest).

It’s the story of a boy who survives a monster zombie apocalypse with some friends. It’s a chapter book / graphic novel. It treats porn as an essential survival item for boys. References it as belonging to the father of one of the boys. So not only is looking at it treated as OK, but having a dad looking at i
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4
This book is heavily flawed - but Brallier's enthusiastically out-there writing, the illustrations and how enveloping and easy The Last Kids on Earth is to read should definitely encourage you to try this out for yourself. At times, the unrealistic and episodic handling of these kids' emotions (their nerves should be shot to hell in a practical warzone where parents are nowhere to be seen) bogs down the quality of this otherwise marvelous kids' book, but I highly doubt both the target audience a ...more
Paul Preston
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this to my 10 year old. He loved it and is already asking for the sequel. He couldn't sit still while I read it, constantly up and down, wandering around me, looking at the pictures and absolutely entranced and excited by the story. After I finished he took the book from me and was looking through at all the pictures and the map in anticipation of where the next book would lead our heroes. I am sure he will re-read this himself many times. I hope Max Brallier puts out The ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting new start to a series that focuses on an orphan, Jack, who is trying to stay alive and slay monsters in post-apocalyptic Wakefield. There are zombies and monsters but surprisingly few adults in this town but don't worry--these kids have no problems creating ingenious ways of protecting themselves.
Tim The Enchanter
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this with my 8 year old son. He loved the action, the monsters and funny dialogue. Some light horror elements for kids with the Monsters and Zombies but nothing that would keep most kids up at night. Every scary element is followed by something funny. A fun read. Looking forward to the next book.
Fatima Calderon
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My 8-yr old read it in less than two days. It was an exciting story, full of action and rich illustrations. LOVED it!
This rating is based on my 12 year old son's thoughts. He really enjoyed this book and is currently reading book 2! Thanks to his awesome penpal buddy for sending them!
Jess K.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I was a bit hesitant to read this at first, but ended up liking it the more that I read it. Considering reading the next in the series!
I saw this Graphic Novel pop up (not even sure where any more), but I knew instantly this was a book I was going to love. And after reading it? Yes, yes, I love it a lot. I even went ahead and pre-ordered the sequel. Yes, this one is getting a sequel, something I didn't know until I finished, scrolled through the last pages and came upon a page that gave the hint that our characters would be back. :D

Now for this book. What would you do if the world you know, the world you well, kind of, like, su
Ms. Yingling
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Copy from public library

Jack Sullivan's life as a foster child could be tough, but it was nothing compared to his life after the monster/zombie apocalypse. He's taken over a tree house and fortified it as best he can against the zombified humans as well as the violent monsters. He feels that he might as well make the best of a bad situation, and has a series of goals for himself. One is to find his best friend, Quint, so that the two can fight zombies together. Quint loves inventions and is very
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent book for your 2nd-4th grade-level reader who needs longer books but is intimidated by a book without pictures. Clever dialogue & likable, realistically-drawn characters help kids get into the book and the plot moves along at a pace that will keep them turning pages. The illustrations work really well with the text.

Recommend for fans of Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Dav Pilkey series fans, and any reluctant reader.
Kevin Kuehn
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
The graphics were really well done, and the writing was solid. I wasn't a huge fan of present tense being used throughout the book, but it worked. It definitely has a Diary of a Wimpy Kid feel, but I found it to be more interesting.
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes your kid recommends a zombie book, so you read it. It's cute. I enjoyed the authorial voice and the different fonts and the drawings. It's much better than the Percy Jackson book I had to read for the same reason.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. The characters are amazing. They really express their feelings. They had their own personalities and they're creative in how to do things and get out of sticky situations. Overall a great book and I can't wait to read the next one.
Tanya Procknow
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a kid's book but it was funny, imaginative and I liked it. It was a chapter book but had graphic's throughout that read into the story. Perfect for a 10 -12 year old boy.
BlackStar103 {I Feel Numb Now, Is That a Feeling?}
Literally finished this at 11 pm. lol. I enjoyed it, it had a sarcastic yet kinda gory sentiment with a dash of middle school humor.
Cain G
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book lots of monsters and some friends alive
Koby Z. (KZ Reads)
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.95 Stars | Incredible
So far: #6 best of 2020!
OK. Enough babbling, let's get to the review!
This book is about how when a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE comes to Earth, there are only a few kids left!
The point is- this is a story of SURVIVAL.
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Victor Rodriguez
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever planned what you would do if their was a zombie apocalypse and you and a couple of your best friends were the only survivors? Well in this book that's what's happening 4 friends come together to try and survive in a terrible environment because they are the last kids on earth. The genre of the story is fiction because it describes imaginary events and people. My opinions are that the book itself was great good length and a great story.
A summary about the story is their is a boy a
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MAX BRALLIER is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty books for children and adults, including the middle-grade monster-zombie series The Last Kids on Earth.

Under the pen name Jack Chabert, he is the author and creator of the Eerie Elementary series and authored the New York Times bestselling Poptropica: Vol 1: Mystery of the Map.

Max is also the creator of Galacti

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Last Kids on Earth (8 books)
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade (Last Kids on Earth, #2)
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