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It is extremely difficult to survive a zombie apocalypse. It is even harder to survive when you are all alone, surrounded by a raft of zombies. Somehow, Jack, a mindless but plucky boy, manages to survive. So far. In the series of The Last Kids on Earth, Max Brallier describes Jack’s adventure of staying alive and saving the world.
It all starts out with an invasion of zombies. People are either attacked by zombies and be turned into new zombies or run for their lives. Jack hides in his tree house by himself. As he loses contact with others, his hope is fading. However, he manages to fix his walkie-talkie and be able to communicate with his friend, Quint. His friend, who used to be simple and naïve, has become very geeky and serious. Throughout the series, Jake and Quint meet more people, and together they venture into the mission of saving the world with their advanced weapons and unceasing bravery.
This series has a good storyline and uses straightforward language. It includes graphics on every page, making the story and characters more intriguing and comprehensible. As a middle schooler, I feel the language is below my reading and vocabulary level. Although it is fun to read the books, it is more suitable for elementary students. Overall, I believe the series is very interesting and easy to understand but it isn’t that sophisticated.
“The Last Kids on Earth” by Max Brallier, Viking Books for Young Readers, 240 pp.
Age Range: 8-12 years
Grade Level: 3-7