The Last Kids on Earth

The Last Kids on Earth

Vol. 1

Book - 2015
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"After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLc, 2015.
ISBN: 9780670016617
0670016616
Branch Call Number: J SFI/FAN BRALLIER
Characteristics: 225 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Holgate, Douglas - Illustrator

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Chad_Blevins Jan 26, 2020

There are zombies, monsters, and lots of action! The story starts off fast and keeps the pace nicely. The spot illustrations are fun, and help break up the text. They also integrate into the text, which forces the reader to look at them instead of glossing past them.

The Last Kids on Earth is a light read, so don’t expect to find some layered work of literature in this series. If your kid is looking for something entertaining and easy to read, then this would be recommended.

alburke47 Jan 13, 2020

I thought the Netflix TV show was a hoot, so I finally talked my 7-year old into letting me read it to him. A few pages in, and he was hooked. The storyline was much the same as the show, but the characters were much better, particularly our hero Jack. While he loves his pop culture references and dumb jokes, he is also brave, loyal, and particularly astute about how his life as an orphan moving from home to home prepared himself for the solitude of the Apocalypse. His relationship with fellow outsider Quint is also great. Well worth a read for any age.

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Noaheyob
Oct 24, 2019

it a bit too fast paced. i mean you meet no one for two months, then meet three other people in a week

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MasterofDucks
Sep 25, 2019

The Last Kids on Earth was a favorite of mine when I was younger, and looking back, I don't know how the kids lived so long. The main character does no effort to kill the zombies or kill the plague. He doesn't wear any protective clothing to protect against bites or infected flesh. He goes out of his way to do stupid things like "get achievements." The way he wastes his limited supply of electricity on an xbox shows he knows nothing. Honestly, I like to think he went insane from the constant groan of the zombies, and is hallucinating his friends and the big monsters. But, if you don't like to ruin things with logic and facts, like I do, this is a fun read.

Duckometer: 3.5 Ducks

LPL_JennyC Sep 16, 2019

The Last Kids on Earth reads like a witty video game. Illustrations and text blend together to take you into the strange and action-packed world of the zombie apocalypse. To keep life fun and interesting our main character, Jack, comes up with challenges to complete. The ultimate goal on his list is to save his crush who he spotted just as the world as they knew it ended… but does she need saving? This is a super fun book for lovers of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, NERDS, and Cardboard. Also: Netflix is bringing this book to the small screen on September 18th, 2019!

awesome book

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LelandStewart
Sep 03, 2018

Very good book a couldn't stop turning the pages.

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Zeping
Apr 22, 2018

worst book

The book is action-filled, fun, and very good. - Nico, age 11

JCLChrisK Dec 05, 2016

What to do when zombies and other huge horrors take over the world and you're forced to survive alone in a world of monsters? If you're 13-year-old orphan Jack Sullivan, you take an optimistic approach: "That's pretty much the plot of a video game, right?! So I said, y'know what, I'll treat life like a video game." Jack moves into and fortifies his tree house, gathers supplies, and creates a list of "Feats of Apocalyptic Success." They include challenges such as:

- Mad Hatter: Steal the hats off five zombies
- Say Cheese: Take a photo with someone you knew before they got zombified
- House Hunter: Explore 50 different abandoned houses.

"There are like 106 Feats to still be completed. And if I start running low, I just create more."

And Jack's story reads much like a video game, with breezy, witty narration, lots of action, excellently integrated illustrations, and just enough danger and tension. There's also just enough character development and understated emotion to keep things from being shallow, as Jack reflects on his isolation and works to gather missing friends--and enemies--into his tree house-dwelling team.

Definite fun, with tons of appeal.

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