I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
First Impression: The Last Orphans is part of an apocalyptic series, which I'm a fan of - so this should be good!
Characters: Shane Tucker collects a team of survivors on the road to safe haven. He reads like an old soul who knows more than his years might suggest. Teenagers and little children band together against all kinds of danger in this world after the storm.
World Building: Author N.W. Harris creates a world you can fall into, especially for post-apocalyptic fans. The young teens race against time and nature in a nail-biting adventure across treacherous territory.
Writing Style: I appreciated the imagery painted as well as the descriptive action scenes.
What I Enjoyed: I could see The Last Orphans becoming a popular series, and then on into movies. This first installment reads that way. I also liked the way Harris handled the adult population dying off - it felt realistic even if fictitious.
Deal Benders: Shane and some of the kids are too good at survival for children who have never fended off anything more than the neighbor's dog. There's also a bit too much gore for a Teen series.
Overall Rating: I rate this as a Young Adult book with an L for Language, V for Violence. I would definitely read the next one.
For Fans Of: The Maze Runner, The Walking Dead