Review for The Last Kids on Earth (Book #1)
Blurb: 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 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?
Review: Jack Sullivan isn't going to let the monster apocalypse stop him from having fun. Being an orphan, he's got not family to miss, but he's determined to locate his friends. He finds his geeky best friend and the reformed school bully, but there's still one more person he needs: his crush. Will he be able to fight through hordes of zombies and vine thingies and giant monsters to achieve his ultimate goal?
I read this with my son. It was a lot of fun. While Jack could be a bit of an idiot, he's more redeemable than the boy in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Lots of cool monsters and action scenes. Excellent graphics. My son really liked how Jack saw things as a video game and created badges and feats. While I read in a few reviews that some people did not like the treatment of the one girl character, June, I can agree that Jack's narrow-minded bravado toward his crush didn't produce the best of scenarios. Yet Jack did come to realize June was no damsel in distress. I hope to see her kicking butt in the next books. (And she does! We finished the series, and it's fantastic.)