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Born to Run

(Last Pick #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by First Second
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Wyatt and his sister Sam are separated. Sam has been taken by the aliens, leaving Wyatt to continue as Bird One and face the resistance against the alien overlords. The odds are high, but it's time for the rejects to rise.

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite graphic novel series.

I love the rejects—particularly Harper—and their determination to succeed against overwhelming odds. Wyatt has grown from shy and limited to someone who fights and leads, and Sam continues to fight—although she's
Well, I wasn’t all that impressed with the first volume. But I’m sure glad I gave it another chance. The first volume wasn’t bad, it just didn’t feel very inspired to me. When I’m wrong I admit it. This volume was so good, I was in tears by the end. This definitely gets a Rickommendation.
Just as good, if not better, than the first installment of the series.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
not a review, but: somehow i keep giving the kids books to read that feature a queer main character/storyline. this is the future the liberals want.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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Johnathan Floyd
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I would like to shed some light upon a graphic novel series that takes place in a fictional United States. Aliens have invaded, they’ve taken a lot of people hostage, and are making their lives very difficult. They use them as labor force on other planets, or for entertainment. The aliens are particular about who they take, only fully functioning humans from young to near older age.

There is a small group that the aliens do not abduct and they are the physically challenged, and the mentally chall
This second installment of the Last Pick graphic novel science fiction series is just as engaging as the first one, and I'd give it a 3.5. After aliens took all the humans they deemed worthy four years ago, including the parents of Wyatt and Sam, they left behind those they considered to be too weak, old, or defective to be of much use. A year later, they returned to Earth and scooped up the rest they considered worthy. Those left behind--the last picks who weren't selected--band together behind ...more
Hannah Galler
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This series is so awesome. Kids with special needs are the heroes. Autistic, deaf, cerebral palsy... they're attempting to save the human race. There are moments when Wyatt (autistic) cannot move forward and it's illustrated as craziness in his brain. When Harper (deaf) signs, they show the signs, with motion arrows and translates it. There's a character in a wheelchair, one with crutches. It's so awesome to me, to see something like this. The first volume has a description of the author and he' ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved these and read them quickly. It's an original story that I don't think I've encountered before in all my SF journeys: aliens have scooped up all the non-disabled adults and taken them away to use as slave laborers. The kids, old folks, and disabled people are left on Earth. Sam and Wyatt are determined to resist and to find their parents. The volume has parallel narratives: Sam is on a distant planet, and Wyatt is on Earth. The story is empowering and fun. ...more
Shannon Hugo
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a super big fan of graphic novels (I prefer reading my stories as opposed to looking at them in pictures), but this is great. It is incredibly inclusive: sign language, head coverings, and learning difficulties just to name a few. It's important for kids to see themselves in literature and Walz does a great job providing that opportunity. And, he's an incredible speaker for middle school audiences. ...more
In some ways a bit too simple. And a bit too disjointed. It's like pieces that make the whole make sense are missing. But the setup for the characters work. And maybe the story will pull through anyway. The art is too bright and a bit too cartoony for me. But in the end this was still compelling enough that I'd like to go right to the sequel which I don't think is available yet. 3.5 of 5. ...more
Kit Feral
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This may be my favourite YA graphic novel series of all time and I know this genre like the back of my hand. I may have cried a little at the end of this one. I don't understand how something can be so gritty and so pure at the same time ...more
Matt Castello
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid sequel to the original. Love the theme of rejects saving the world.
Wyatt L.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked this book as much as the last one. The art in this book is amazing. I am glad that when a monster is speaking that the text is in a different font so you can tell there is a dialect. I think the people at the end of the book were Wyatt and Sam's parents. I wonder why the monster could understand the girls. I think there should be more explanation to the sickness the monsters have. I dont get why they have the space suits if they can breath the air. I dont understand why the rebellion wou ...more
The first volume was good, but this second volume of this YA science fiction graphic novel series was tremendously powerful. As siblings now on two separate planets are forced into an interstellar war, we see humans stepping up to fight, yet be true to themselves against a ruthless enemy. Diverse and inclusive. Appropriate for middle grade as well.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Born to Run (Last Pick #2) by Jason Walz, 236 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. First Second (Macmillan), 2019. $18. 9781626728929

Language: G (1 swear); Mature Content PG; Violence: PG



Twins Sam and Wyatt are separated by aliens. Sam is kidnapped and taken to a distant galaxy, while her brother Wyatt is left with those whom the aliens thought worthless: the old, too young, and disabled. Wyatt is working on a rebellion on earth, while Sam is caught up in a
New relationships develop in this volume, but I missed the sibling connection between Wyatt and Sam. This is also more action focused. The ending is solid, though, and makes me want to pick up the last one.
Sharon Tyler
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last Pick: Born to Run by Jason Walz is the second graphic novel in the series. I enjoyed the first book, and somehow missed this volume when it was first released. I highly recommend reading them in order.

Four years ago, aliens kidnapped most of mankind, leaving behind those they deemed unworthy—the “last picked.” The future for Sam is bleak and unthinkable. A galaxy away from her twin brother, she is a pawn in the aliens’ bloody civil war. But with her new friend Mia, Sam has found a way to re
Becky B
Picking up where book 1 left off, Wyatt and the rest of the rejects, the disabled, the young, and the old who are left on Earth are working to overthrow the aliens after the invasion that took away all the older teens and middle age adults, the able-bodied, healthy, and “normal” people. They have a plan, but can they make it work? Meanwhile, Wyatt’s sister Sam was taken by the aliens after she turned sixteen. She is rebelling as best she can on the foreign planet she finds herself on where she i ...more
Jared White
This and the first book in this series, hmm, okay, I'll say it, they're some of my favorite graphic novels that I've read. Granted, I have not read a huge amount of graphic novels but I have read quite a variety of them. These are absolutely action packed but also have a great story and some good character development.

The fact that these are now some of my favorites is perhaps doubly surprising for me because I am not a huge fan of the art and that is normally one of my primary factors when eval
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book in this series introduced a pair of twins who were fighting against space aliens who had taken over Earth in a brutal fashion, kidnapping any human they deemed useful for their own nefarious purpose. Left behind were the old, the young, and the disabled. In this sequel, we start to find out why the aliens kidnapped the humans while the twins, now separated by the aliens on different planets, work to find and reunite their families while fomenting a rebellion. Wyatt, the twin with ...more
Maggie Librarian
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: washyarg
I grabbed this book because I had seen it on a list for graphic novels with queer representation, not realizing it was the second book in a series. I'm really glad I did, it's fantastic! I'm going to go back and read book one because I enjoyed it so much, but you can pick up book two and follow along quite easily. Aliens have invaded Earth, they have taken everyone ages 16-65 who is not disabled. So the world is now populated by the young, the disabled, and elders. In book two we follow a brothe ...more
Last Pick: Born to Run by Jason Walz is the story of two siblings, each facing horrible odds in their journey to save the people they care about.
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4 years ago Earth was invaded and all the people between 16 & 65 who were in good health were taken. 1 year ago the ships came again, taking a new batch of healthy humans, including Wyatt’s twin sister Sam. Now Sam is forced to work on an alien planet hunting creatures down and killing them for the her captors and Wyatt & the remaining rebels on Ea
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Picture it: Aliens have invaded earth and decreed that anyone older than age 16, who falls under the aliens' view of "healthy and normal", will leave for another planet. Children, the elderly and those who didn't meet the aliens' qualifications are left to pick up the pieces of a now broken earth. Oh, and aliens have stayed on the planet with plans to control the remaining survivors.

Twins Sam and Wyatt were left behind, but were not left weakened. They fight back again the aliens in their owns
Jill Jemmett
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wyatt and Sam were separated when she was abducted at the end of Last Pick. Sam is living on another planet where they are instructed by the aliens to kill all of the inhabitants of that planet. Meanwhile on Earth, Wyatt is leading a revolution. Wyatt must find his confidence to lead the resistance team, and Sam has to learn that fighting back against the enemy doesn’t necessarily mean killing them.

Born to Run shows more disabled characters. One girl is deaf and communicates with sign language.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oddly affecting post-apocalyptic young-adult comic series featuring a brother/sister team of left behind kids who inspire human resistance after a long time of human collaboration with the aliens who conquered the world and took away all the "useful" adults. They've been split up by events with the autistic brother left behind again on Earth, working with the other children and elderly to undermine the occupiers while his sister does the same at one of the destination planets. In some ways it's ...more
I feel about it the same as I feel about the first one: fine. Some niggling things here and there, but entertaining enough.

Loved Wyatt's growth, the believable fight scenes, and the (view spoiler). Appreciated the increase in diversity, even though some of it was a little hokey ("Because you said cereal palsy doesn't define you" is laying it on a little thick).

Mia annoyed me, but that's subjective. But one thing really irked
Jason Cruzan
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you liked the first book, grab book 2 ASAP! In the second volume, you get more of everything: more action, more twists and turns, more thrills, and more development of these characters that you will fall in love with. Certain groups are represented here in ways that few authors would dare try to give a voice to, and Walz does it beautifully. I thought the way he depicted the sign language was brilliant!!! All kids should have exposure to representation like this at an early age, the compassio ...more
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With Wyatt left behind on earth and Sam taken away by the aliens, the siblings have each found ways to continue with their resistance and their efforts to find their parents and each other.

I really enjoy the story. I especially like how Wyatt’s differences are shown visually, like when he’s hyperfocusing whilst tuning out other sounds. I also like how some of the aliens aren’t terrible, and I’m investing in figuring out what’s going on with illnesses!

Oh, and that ending? Can’t wait to read V3!
Melissa Orth
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to Last Pick is even better than the first. Now that we have established where the aliens take the humans they harvest, the driving force of the plot is for the twins to find their parents and all to reunite. But wait, there’s more monkey wrenches thrown into the plan to sabotage the aliens and a moral dilemma to boot. Themes of acceptances of differences, teamwork and leadership, and sacrifice for the greater good elevate this science fiction adventure to a solid suggested read. Hig ...more
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