The Last Orphans
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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.
minutes, illuminating the dark and hilly countryside in nightmarish snapshots, and leaving spots swimming in Shane’s vision. When he blinked at the glare, the mutilated dead were there—the truck driver with no eyes, his aunt swollen to the point of bursting, and Mrs. Morris bloody and chewed to shreds by the dogs. “Can we go home now?” Nat pleaded, startling Shane out of his melancholic reverie. Kelly glanced at Shane, her brow squeezed with sadness. Her blue eyes were wide with concern and her
alive distracted him from the bittersweet memory of the time he’d spent in this parking lot with his dad. Shane leapt out and raised his hands. “Hey, guys. Y’all okay?” They didn’t answer and huddled deeper into the shadows, seeming worried Shane had hostile intentions. He guessed their ages to be between seven and ten, probably all elementary or middle school kids. Their wide eyes and pale skin spoke to all the death they’d seen. Maybe they’d even watched their parents get killed. “We ain’t
encouraging someone else to chime in. “We need to come up with some ideas. We need to make a plan.” “We could stay here and wait for someone to come for us,” Aaron offered with uncertainty in his voice, glancing around like he expected an objection. “Nobody is going to help us,” Matt said drearily. Matt and Shane had been close friends in elementary school, but had grown apart over the last couple of years as Shane became more athletic and Matt brainier. “I checked the internet, and the same
wrecked cars. By the time they reached the exit leading into Canton, the buses slowed to a crawl. Steve used the supply bus like a bulldozer, pushing cars out of the way to clear a path through which they could drive. Shane kept his bus ten feet behind Steve’s, so he couldn’t see the road just in front of him. But the big vehicle rocked over something soft once in a while, giving him a sickening reminder that the dark road beneath his tires had the corpses of adults and animals strewn across it.
her stand. She was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen. Kelly hugged Shane, weeping joyously. “Ouch,” Shane groaned. She leaned back and looked at him with concern. “Oh my gosh, what happened to you?” Shane glanced at Steve, who smiled, his bloody mouth missing teeth. He shrugged his big shoulders in an innocent way. Chuckling, Shane turned to Kelly. “I’ll tell you later.” She looked at him with wide and worried eyes, then leaned forward and pressed her lips to his. In that moment,