Horror Mondays! Book Review: The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

December 15, 2014 Blog, Book Reviews, Horrific Monday, Horror 2

Horrifying MondaysHorrifying Mondays is all about what scares us. The horror behind the curtains that we refuse to open, the creatures in the dark, and sometimes those creatures that are in the open!

Each Monday will bring a different horror… to help you cope with the horror that is Monday with the horrors that are in the fantasy world.




Horror for Today: Apocalypse! It is not fun!

The Last Orphans The Last Orphans
by N. W. Harris
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on 2014-11-11
Genres: Dystopian, Horror & Ghost Stories, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 274
Source: Author

One horrifying day will change the life of sixteen-year-old Shane Tucker and every other kid in the world.In a span of mere hours, the entire adult population is decimated, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves and deal with the horrific aftermath of the freak occurrence. As one of the newly made elders in his small town, Shane finds himself taking on the role of caretaker for a large group of juvenile survivors. One who just happens to be Kelly Douglas–an out-of-his-league classmate–who, on any other day, would have never given Shane a second glance.Together, they begin their quest to find out why all of the adults were slaughtered. What they find is even more horrifying than anything they could have expected–the annihilation of the adults was only the beginning. Shane and his friends are not the unlucky survivors left to inherit this new, messed-up planet. No, they are its next victims. There is an unknown power out there, and it won’t stop until every person in the world is dead.A spine-tingling adventure that will have you gasping for breath all the way until the last page, The Last Orphans is the first book in an all-new apocalyptic series. — Neil Harris



My Thoughts Horror

This apocalypse actually starts at the beginning. This is about the survivors also but I really liked that I got to see what was going on AS it was going on. How people respond to a situation really shows their character and even in chapter one a lot of character was coming out!

Straight from the beginning I knew this was going to have a massive amount of horror in it!

First, the main character Shane, watches his Aunt die a horrible death. I mean seriously horrible. No detail was spared! Which I loved but in this gruesome bit it was quite horrific!

Visible through the opening, the driver was limp, suspended by his seat belt at the same odd angle as the broken windshield. His dripping face hung in shreds, his blood painting the wreckage. A solitary crow perched on the steering wheel, pecking at the holes where the man’s eyes should be.

Then as Shane moves to find out what is going on (both mentally and physically) more questions arise. It is easy to figure out that animals are attacking adults but how, why, and how old do you have to be to get attacked?! I just kept thinking of my age and thinking that with living in Southern Louisiana, I would be gone! There are so many bugs here. Animals of all sorts. I stand no chance!

That’s also what made this plot so good. It’s the questioning and the wanting to find out what is going on. It also leads the characters to find out more.

Shane gets put into some pretty hard spots but he faces these dilemmas with a great mind. He’s not McGuyver or anything but he can think outside of the box. It also helps that he meets up with some other kids that have a good head on their shoulders.

Then of course you have the people that will make a bad situation worse, no matter what. Their choices are always going to put someone else into danger. Fortunately there were not many of those types of people in this. It was mostly the need to protect and keep the little ones safe that kept Shane motivated. But running into a group of scoundrels did keep him on his toes.

I was surprised because at 55% N.W. Harris was already explaining what happened. I questioned his motives for allowing the secret out so soon but it makes completely makes sense as the plot progresses. AND it is the driving point of the rest of the story.

There is also a few one liners and some humor. The kids have obviously gone through a traumatic event and are trying to keep it together. As the story progresses even more humor comes out as they are getting used to the situation and the horror of it all.

I said half soy, no whip!


“Tracy,” Shane said, a relieved smile rising on his face in spite of his pain, “did you just make a joke?”

“Don’t worry,” she replied, stopping at the corner of the batteries and shining her light on her grinning face. “I won’t let it happen again.”

IMG_0065The ONLY downside I had (I”ll try not to get on a soap box here) is that all these animals are attacking adults. I think N.W. Harris did a good job of thinking outside of the box in most cases. Wasps, rats, cockroaches (YUCK!!), and many more animals were attacking the adults. Where I had a slight pause was whenever a dog attacked someone. There was always a Pitt Bull in the mix. This really frustrated me. I own an adorable and very loveable Pitt Bull. I hate that our society cannot get it out of their heads that Pitt Bulls are vicious. It really is threatening a very lovable breed. In N. W. Harris’ defense he did mention other breeds, but not many. Of course I’m sure he did not mean anything by putting the Pitt Bulls in the story but it did give me pause and upset me for reasons that are not involved with the story. Sadly the moment and the horror of what was happening was taken away. If all animals were attacking why not use something cute like a Grey Hound or a Mastiff? Breeds that are loving and adorable and also breeds that no one will question when they go to adopt?

Ok… so I did get on a soapbox. I’m done now!

In short: The book was really bloody, horrific, and straight forward. It’s condensed into a few short days but the plot keeps up. Sudden ending! You’ll be left wanting more.



Horror Meter: 3.5/5

Gore: 4/5

Shock Factor: 5/5

Emotions: 4/5

Total Scare: 4.5/5

The Author Horror


About N. W. Harris

Born at the end of the Vietnam war and raised on a horse farm near small town north Georgia, his imagination evolved under the swaying pines surrounding his family’s log home. On summer days that were too hot, winter days that were too cold, and every night into the wee morning hours, he read books.

In addition to writing, he has been a submarine sailor, nurse, and business owner. His studies have included biology, anthropology, and medicine at UCSB and SUNY Buffalo. He is an active member of SCBWI and lives in sunny southern California with his beautiful wife and two perfect children. He writes like he reads, constantly.


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2 Responses to “Horror Mondays! Book Review: The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris”

  1. Nicole Hewitt

    I’m so excited to hear that this book is good! It’s one of the few review requests I’ve accepted recently because something about the book just really caught my eye (and the author wrote a really good review request – which doesn’t happen all that often). Glad I’m in for a treat!
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    • Christina

      Especially if you like horror Nicole. It’s awesome! There are a few parts that lag just a little but for the most part it is drama central! I hope you enjoy!