[Review] The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier; illustrated by Douglas Holgate

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Hello, Feaders!

Time to take this moment with my latest read again. I will be reviewing today, The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, a middle-grade fiction novel.

Wondering how you will act if the zombie apocalypse comes?

Well, our zombie apocalypse action hero kid knows best when this comes and he didn’t take it seriously instead living to the fullest of his life. Jack Sullivan together with his friends will survive until their last beat comes. Who knows!

So let’s review it now.



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 hoards of Dozers and Winged Wretches and Zombies, and especially not for the eerily intelligent gargantuan menace known only as Blarg. Jack needs to build a team of whatever kids he can find, and whichever monsters will show him loyalty. With their help, Jack is going to slay Blarg, prove himself the ultimate post-apocalyptic action hero, and be average no longer! 

Can he do it?



Meet Jack Sullivan, your new post-apocalyptic action hero kid plus your next time buddy for the entire whole story.

With all the sub-problems face by Jack including the zombies, monsters, and survival, he got the main missions he wants to conquer: defeating the gargantuan monster, Blarg (he, himself, nicknamed) and rescuing June Del Toro (his ULTIMATE Feat of Apocalyptic Succes). Together with his friends, they come to survive the horde of zombies and live until they got busted.

The book is very engaging in the sense that it comes from the view of 13-year-old, Jack Sullivan who is our main protagonist kid in this novel. This got lots of action-packed adventures, slaying monsters (and zombies!!!), boasting effect post, daydreaming thing (yeah, Sullivan did it), zombie snapshot (his hobby), humor and full of fun including the jokes thrown in. If you have read Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the feel was almost like that but of course, this got the unique thing with the zombie-apocalypse-episodic dose of action. Did I mention this got also lots of illustrations? Yeah, I did. Anyway, the graphics were really good and awesome which I think gives another way for readers like me to like it more. Thanks to the illustrator, Douglas Holgate for his work of art. You materialize the imagination of us.

The Last Kids on Earth is your next book to read that is a page turner and accessible for all ages. A fantastic book that I’m sure you’ll gonna love and I, myself love it much. Even though the good vibes this give, there is something else that reveals the main character lacks: family, friends, relationship, a pet (he loves to have it), which somehow he just fills up as the plot goes on.

Everything I was ever jealous of – everything those other kids had, when I felt like a crummy orphan. Well, now I have it.
Sure, it took the freaking MONSTER APOCALYPSE for me to get it. But there’s no way I’m losing it now.
Not to this big jerk.

As the first book of the series, the sequel is a big deal for me to read next and see what’s going to be the next post-apocalyptic problem, the main character will encounter. I have seen that the third book will be launching this year so yeah I must really look out now for the second book.

I can’t say more to this epic book but I’m sure worth your time to binge read this all night. P.S. Don’t read at night. Hahaha kidding. You can read anytime you want. As I said earlier, this is good even your out of your young age, no age limit to read this really.



About Author             

Max BrallierMax Brallier

The author of more than twenty books and games. His latest book is The Last Kids on Earth.

He writes children’s books and adult books, including the pick-your-own-path adventure Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? He is the creator and writer of Galactic Hot Dogs, a sci-fi middle-grade series from Aladdin. He writes for licensed properties including Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, and Uncle Grandpa.

Under the pen name JACK CHABERT, he is the creator and author of the Eerie Elementary series for Scholastic Branches. In the olden days, he was a game designer for the virtual world Poptropica and worked in the marketing department at St. Martin’s Press. Max lives in New York City with his wife, Alyse, who is way too good for him.

You can learn more about Max on his site: www.maxbrallier.com and follow him on Twitter @MaxBrallier.


About Illustrator        

Douglas HolgateDouglas Holgate

He has been a freelance comic book artist and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia, for more than ten years.

He’s illustrated books for publishers such as HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster, including the Planet Tad series, Cheesie Mack, Case File 13, and Zoo Sleepover.

Douglas has illustrated comics for Image, Dynamite, Abrams, and Penguin Random House. He’s currently working on the self-published series Maralinga, which received grant funding from the Australian Society of Authors and the Victorian Council for the Arts, as well as the all-ages graphic novel Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race, published by Scholastic Graphix, both co-created with writer Jen Breach.

You can learn more about his illustrations here: www.skullduggery.com and follow him on Twitter @douglasbot.

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