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Last Pick: Rise Up

(Last Pick #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Earth's last hope are also the last picked, in this thrilling conclusion of Jason Walz's dystopian graphic trilogy.

Wyatt is now the reluctant leader of the "last picked"—the disabled, the elderly, and those deemed too young to be useful for hard labor by their alien captors. But how can he and his ragtag allies take down an entire alien federation?

Meanwhile, Wyatt's twin s
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Published October 6th 2020 by First Second
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Holy shit this was action-packed. A solid if tear-jerking ending.

Everything came full circle, and honestly I can't say much more than that without mega spoilers.

If you enjoyed the first two books, you'll like this one. It was a solid alien invasion adventure with a heaping dash of Independence Day thrown into the mix.

I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
J.D. DeHart
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jason Walz began the Last Pick series with a promise to deliver a powerful story. The artwork captured me right away, as did my identification with Walz as a teacher who wishes to advocate for representation and empowerment of students with diverse abilities. Walz was even kind enough at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic to stop by and conduct a virtual visit with my students.

In the second entry in the series, the action and engaging storyline continued and here we find the end of the trilogy.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rise Up is the third & final installment into the #lastpick world and releases on Oct. 6. Those who haven’t read the other two will need to in order to understand this #graphicnovel
Wyatt, our hero, is now the leader of the “last picked”, which includes the disabled, elderly and those too young for hard labor. They must battle the alien federation so they can be free, but can they win?
This #YA #book has it all: lots of action/adventure, sweet moments, family connection, #lgbtq, #autism & han
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Despite not having read the first two books in this series, once I got into this story, it held me tight and didn't let go until the end.

The Last Pick are those who aren't worth taking, according to the aliens who have invaded earth to find labor for their labor camps. They are the disabled, the old, the young, those with mental or physical problems.

And of course, the heroes are those who were last picked, and left behind. Those who figure the secret that the aliens are keeping from their own pe
Tonja Drecker
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Note: This is the third book in the series and should be read as such. I did read this one without diving into the others first and was confused the first chapters. In other words, this book should not be read as a stand-alone.

Wyatt and his group of friends are determined to find a way to the hyperport but first need to get the map. Meanwhile, his twin sister, Sam, is out with her group in an attempt to rescue their parents from an alien prison. But even if the two of them fulfill their missions
Sharon Tyler
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Rise Up is the third (and final) book in the Last Pick series by Jason Walz. It is currently scheduled for release on October 6 2020. I do recommend reading this series in order. Wyatt is now the reluctant leader of the "last picked"—the disabled, the elderly, and those deemed too young to be useful for hard labor by their alien captors. But how can he and his ragtag allies take down an entire alien federation? Meanwhile, Wyatt's twin sister Sam and her girlfriend Mia are creating chaos all over ...more
Becky B
Things are a bit tense for Sam, Wyatt, and the rest of the kids and rejects trying to save the Earth from the alien invasion. Wyatt is trying to find vital information for the plan to save the Earth with Avida and the alien Jackie, while Sam and Mia are liberating alien prisons in an attempt to find Sam’s parents. The reject kids and humans still on Earth are trying to rally enough people to put up a resistance when Wyatt’s plan works (hopefully). It is all a long shot with how powerful the alie ...more
Courtney Floyd
Oct 06, 2020 marked it as to-read
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

TLDR: Last Pick made me cry happy and sad tears! The relationships progress naturally and feel real. Pacing is perfect, and the plot balances humor with tragedy with poise.

Not only has Last Pick earned my love by showcasing main characters with special needs. It has earned my tears for its brilliant, bittersweet conclusion. That, my friends, is hard to do for this reviewer. Yet here we are, my eyes wet as I write this. I am e
Carly Klassen
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The final book in the Last Pick trilogy does not disappoint! Wyatt is finding his voice in the entire series and in this book he continues that journey. He confidently puts down stereotypes, and redefines special education from what it is perceived as to what it actual is. He bonds with other characters about being different and not fitting in on the outside and inside. Sam continues on her journey as well, she is not defined by being a girl and her family embraces her relationship with Mia the ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I remember riding the school bus in primary school and there was an older girl who sneered at me and said, “I *hate* people who are quiet.” I don’t even know why or what I did. I couldn’t have been more than ten, but I remember till today how I felt, trying so hard to shrink even smaller, to push myself lower down in my seat. I felt completely and utterly alone. In Jason Waltz third installment, we return to Wyatt, Sam, Tia, and Jackie—the outcasts, the bullied, the differently abled, but, now, ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third, and final, book is the Last Pick trilogy. This is geared toward upper middle grade and younger YA (11-14 y/o). You definitely need to read the first two books otherwise you will not understand to what is happening. Twins Sam and Wyatt are still waging their own individual wars against the aliens that invaded Earth and stole their parents. The main missions are to find their parents, and other humans that were kidnapped, as well as broadcast to the aliens that there is a vaccin ...more
I received an ARC through NetGalley from First Second Books. This is the 3rd and final book in the YA dystopian/sci-fi graphic novel series Last Pick. The interstellar war is in full upheaval and Wyatt and Sam are fighting to find their parents and save Earth and the world. I was pleasantly surprised by this whole series. The characters are unique, diverse and evolve well through the series. The aliens are funny, engaging and even sinister. There are strong relationships between characters that ...more
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of Last Pick: Rise Up. This is every bit as fast-paced and full of heart as previous volumes, and a satisfying end that fulfills the redemption arc of my favorite alien. I love way characters reclaim their disabilities and reject the deficit mentality that the wider social order has set them up for, and the cute touch of queer romance warms my heart. Hopeful without being cloying, this is an excellent choice for any middle school or middle grade ...more
Bailey Randolph
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
While this was my least favorite of the trilogy, I loved the trilingual a whole. This was by far the most action-packed of the story, but for me it was also the hardest to follow. I absolutely loved how everything came together though, and am so excited to share this series with the teens as my library
Jason Cruzan
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rise Up is the third and final book in the Last Pick trilogy, and it brings this exciting story to a very satisfying conclusion. Filled with action and amazing artwork, you're going to love how things turn out for our unlikely heroes if you like good stories. If you liked the first two books, pick up this one and buckle your seatbelts!
Tamra Falk
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable trilogy! The Last Pick series is so cool. I love that the hero is on the spectrum. Any one who is looking for relevant YA graphic adventure should read this.
Bruce Crocker
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best book of the trilogy! Well worth the wait for this one. I loved this series.
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Wyatt and Sam are back with a plan to save their parents and the planet from the aliens who have taken over Earth.
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