The Last Kids on Earth

The Last Kids on Earth

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"Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he's armed to the teeth with catapults and a moat, not to mention video games and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew scavenged from abandoned stores. But Jack alone is no match for the hordes of Zombies and Winged Wretches and Vine Thingies, and especially not for the eerily intelligent monster known only as Blarg. So Jack builds a team: his dorky best friend, Quint; the reformed middle school bully, Dirk; Jack's loyal pet monster, Rover; and Jack's crush, June. With their help, Jack is going to slay Blarg, achieve the ultimate Feat of Apocalyptic Success, and be average no longer! Can he do it? "--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, c2015
Branch Call Number: FICTION BRA
Characteristics: 225 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Holgate, Douglas

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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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LadyKatka
Nov 27, 2016

I was put off by how sexist this book is. I understand it is from the point of view of a 12 year old boy, but really, come on. We need to do a better job of teaching boys what girls are like if this is how they really think.

First of all, the (only) girl character in the book doesn't even make her entrance until page 156 of a 225 page book. Good grief.

Secondly, the main character, Jack, spends the entire time questing for her. His ultimate feat is to rescue June, because in his mind she is a damsel in distress and if he saves her she will instantly fall for his heroic charms. As damsels do right. Doesn't matter that she barely knew him before the monster apocalypse, or that all interactions with him, she made it known how annoying she found him. All that does not matter because he is the hero and she is damsel.

Thirdly, when she finally does come into the picture, she tells him that she doesn't want saving and he should go away. His response is "this does not jibe. I need more time to convince her." His tactic is to ignore her wishes, and (figuratively) twist her arm until she agrees to go with him.

Oh and lets not forget, he also gets into a fight with his best friend and ends up calling dibs on her. When his friend protests and says "That is not how girls work" Jack's response is "That is how dibs work". His best friend agrees that she is Jack's girl and is not trying to steal her. So now she is reduced to an object that you can call dibs on. Not a person with feelings, thoughts, and opinions that matter. What the deuce?

Lastly, when all of them, Jack, June, and two other boys, get into a big monster battle at the end, they all must fight for their lives. I say all of them, because all of the kids were involved in some way. After all was said and done, Jack thinks to himself "the most important thing is... I did it." He is not referring to killing the monster, he is referring to saving June, the damsel. He says "she wasn't a damsel, and didn't need rescuing, but I managed kinda do it anyway and that is cool". So in his mind, the only really really important thing is that he rescued his crush from a situation he himself created so now he is the hero who deserves the affections of said girl.

This is so wrong.

I can see many boys enjoying this book because of the monsters, guts, action, and adventure. However, if your boys are reading this book, make sure to talk to them about how to treat, respect, and think about girls as people not objects. Please.

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