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Born to Run

(Last Pick #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by First Second
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laurel [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
Just as good, if not better, than the first installment of the series.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
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.
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.
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
Matt Castello
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid sequel to the original. Love the theme of rejects saving the world.
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.
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 ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In last year's first volume of Last Pick, we encountered an earth under occupation by aliens who dragged anyone deemed "useful" away to an unknown fate, leaving the very young, very old, and disabled to endure the aliens' cruel rule on earth. Sam and Wyatt, twin siblings, were separated when Sam was taken; Wyatt, her special needs brother, was left behind, and has since gone to work embedding himself with a resistance group of survivors: the very young, the very old, the disabled, the angry, the ...more
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
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. ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have not read book one, this title can get a bit confusing. Trust me. I enjoyed it, and read it as a standalone. People are disappearing from earth and others have been enslaved by aliens. The two must both fight to see the continuance of the human race. A fun book, but I really need to read book one. I look forward to seeing the next book in the series.
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Bailey Randolph
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an advanced copy

I absolutely loved the first one, so I was very excited for this next installment, and I was not disappointed. If anything, I liked Born to Run even more! It was action-packed, and the relationships between the characters were great. Paired with the amazing illustrations, this was just an awesome read. Cannot wait for the next one!
Raven Terry
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this one, it put me in the mind of last kids on earth but with more edge. I am really excited to grab a copy for both my home and library collection. The characters and over all plot keep you engaged, the art was a bit gritty but that's what makes it FANTASTIC! I look forward to more from Walz, he is pretty kick ass and so are his characters!
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Dark and eerie, and fascinating.
Adam Schepis
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first!
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