I was lucky enough to be offered an advanced copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I'd like to take a second to say that I am very impressed by the publisher of this book. It is the first time that I have ever heard of Clean Teen Publishing, and I appreciate what they are doing. They are offering disclosure about the content of their books, similar to the disclosure ratings you will see on TV or video games. They do not censor the work, but tell you honestly what you are getting into before you get into it (such as this book contains drugs, violence, sex, foul language, etc), that way you can decide if a book is appropriate for yourself or your children before you read it. Kudos to them for that.
The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris is an apocalyptic story in which all of the adults in the world have died sudden and violent deaths, leaving only children and teenagers alive. The survivors struggle to find safety, the older ones taking charge of the younger. Many parts of this story were very graphic and violent, describing in detail the deaths of the adults and bloodied corpses.
The premise for this story is intriguing, making me wonder what would happen in such a world. Parts of it were very sad, as an adult with young children I couldn't help but think what would happen if my kids were in this scenario and it did pull on my heartstrings. I couldn't help but think throughout the book, what is happening to the babies. The young ones who are too young to walk or open doors, left to starve to death in the homes. It was only alluded to briefly, closer to the end of the book, but it was a thought on my mind throughout the story.
My favorite character in the book was Tracy. This girl is tough as nails, doesn't take crap from anyone and is a hero. I love reading books that have strong female characters who think for themselves. Tracy is definitely one of these women.
This book had me gripped right to the very end. It was fast paced, full of action and very descriptive.
I will definitely be reading the next part of this series to see what happens to these orphans.