Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Harvest (The Last Orphans series Book 2) by N.W. Harris: Book Review with Excerpt






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Title:  The Harvest
Series:  The Last Orphans Series, Book 2
Author:  N.W. Harris
Published:  April 14th, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YA Action, Adventure, Dystopian
Content Warning:  Violence, adult content, minor language
Recommended Age:  16+

Synopsis:
In the wake of the apocalypse, nobody is safe.
Shane Tucker and his friends thought they managed to save the world from the destructive machine that killed off most of its adult population. Unfortunately, a war nobody was prepared for has only just begun. Now they find themselves joining ranks with a secret organization that will train them to fight for the right to survive. Taking refuge alongside other teenage survivors in a hidden base set deep within the mountains, they will learn how to repel an imminent attack by an ancient race of aliens.
Determined to safeguard the children under their charge, Shane and his friends compete for the ultimate prize—a suicide mission against the flagship of the alien fleet. While Shane’s feelings for Kelly deepen, along with his need to protect her, he finds emotions clouding his judgment. He’ll gladly die for her. But he refuses to die with her. No amount of training can prepare them for what is to come. Everything the brave teenagers have endured thus far will be eclipsed, with the freedom of humanity hanging in the balance.
The Harvest is the heart-pumping sequel to The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris.



Excerpt from The Harvest by N.W. Harris:
            “You,” Jones said, pointing at Kelly. “And you.” He selected another of the Russian boys, the dark-haired cackler Tracy had tripped earlier.
            Acid flooding his stomach, Shane involuntarily stepped forward to object. Kelly grabbed his arm.
            “I got this,” she whispered, her eyes narrowing as she studied her opponent. Shane had seen the look when she killed in the gym, and when she fought in Atlanta. He knew she was no wimp, but it didn’t make it any easier to see her go against the much larger Russian boy who had to be craving revenge.
            She walked to the center of the ring, approaching her opponent so casually it didn’t look like she was even going to try to fight. The boy smiled wickedly and raised a finger.
            “Shall I beat this little girl with one finger, or two?”
            Except for Anfisa, who glared at him with her arms crossed over her chest, his comrades laughed. The tall Russian girl seemed disappointed with the performance of her team, and she seemed to be having trouble keeping them in control.
            Kelly smiled amiably at him, her hands still at her sides. With no sign she was going to attack, her foot came up between his legs, landing in his groin with a sickening thud. The boy’s eyes went wide, and he crumpled.
            “Maybe try three fingers next time,” she suggested, pushing his head so he toppled to the ground. Then she turned around and walked calmly back to Shane. “And you thought all those cheerleading kicks were just for show?”
            “I’ll never doubt you again,” he said, chuckling.

THE SERIES


THE LAST ORPHANS (Bk 1)


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.


BOOK REVIEWS

The Last Orphans (Bk1)
MY REVIEW
4 STARS

I enjoyed this fast paced, apocalyptic novel.  Shane is a courageous leader who has accepted a heavy burden after a wild, aggressive virus wipes out the adult population.  The story unfolds quickly as the small group struggles to survive and find out what caused the deadly pandemic.  I polished off this exciting tale quickly and was eager to dive into the next installment.

I purchased this book through Amazon (Free Book)


Reviewed by Laurie-J


THE HARVEST (Bk2)
MY REVIEW
5 STARS

This story picks up right after the first book ends.  The action intensifies as Shane and Kelly discover that a deadly countdown is in progress.  Their group makes a grueling journey, but then must face off against some of their toughest adversaries yet.  Shane enlists the help of a rival group and undertakes the most challenging quest in a frantic race against time. 

For me, this second book was even better than the first.   The characters become even more sharply delineated with multi-faceted personalities and sometimes conflicting motivations and personal demons. The tension and horror kept me awake, unable to sleep until I reached that last paragraph. 

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review.



Reviewed by Laurie J



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About the Author:
Born at the end of the Vietnam war and raised on a horse farm near small town north Georgia, N.W. Harris’s 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.
N.W. Harris published his first novel—Joshua’s Tree—in 2013. It was no wonder that with his wild imagination and passion for all things word related, that N.W. Harris was named a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Break Through Novel Award Contest. In early 2014, N.W. Harris joined the ranks with Clean Teen Publishing when they signed his new young adult apocalyptic adventure series—The Last Orphans.
In addition to writing, N.W. Harris 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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