Blog Tour Review: Last Pick and Born to Run

Title: Last Pick (Last Pick #1)
Author: Jason Walz
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Graphic Novel
Publisher: First Second
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Three years ago, aliens invaded Earth and abducted everyone they deemed useful. The only ones spared were those too young, too old, or too “disabled” to be of value. Living on Earth under the aliens’ harsh authoritarian rule, humanity’s rejects do their best to survive. Their captors never considered them a threat—until now.

Twins Sam and Wyatt are ready to chuck their labels and start a revolution. It’s time for the kids last picked to step into the game.

In this first volume of Jason Walz’s dystopian graphic novel trilogy, the kids last picked are humanity’s last hope.

Review:

Three years ago, aliens came to Earth and abducted every able bodied person between the ages of 16 and 65. Twins Sam and Wyatt were left on their own. Now they’ve just turned 16, and they are searching for answers on why the aliens took the people and where they went. However, right after their sixteenth birthday, the aliens return. Sam and Wyatt are in even more danger since they’re now 16 and part of the age group that the aliens will abduct.

This story shows that you shouldn’t underestimate people’s abilities. The aliens think that people under 16 and over 65 are too weak to work for them. They also left people who have disabilities. The people who were left on Earth work hard to survive, and prove that they are just as strong and smart as everyone else.

I found this post-apocalyptic story really relatable during the pandemic. Of course aliens didn’t arrive on Earth in 2020, but the idea of having your life completely turned upside down and having to learn new ways of doing things, like the characters did in this book, is relatable to the pandemic.

Thank you First Second and YA Bound Book Tours for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Born to Run (Last Pick #2)
Author: Jason Walz
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Graphic Novel
Publisher: First Second
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Four years ago, aliens kidnapped most of mankind, leaving behind those they deemed unworthy—the “last picked.”

The future for Sam is bleak and unthinkable. A galaxy away from her twin brother, she is a pawn in the aliens’ bloody civil war. But with her new friend Mia, Sam has found a way to resist her captors and hold onto her humanity.

Back on Earth, Sam’s twin, Wyatt, is leading a resistance of his own. With a ragtag army of the old, the young, and the disabled, he has a plan to bring the fight to his alien captors. But to defeat the aliens, Wyatt may need to befriend one.

Review:

Wyatt and Sam were separated when she was abducted at the end of Last Pick. Sam is living on another planet where they are instructed by the aliens to kill all of the inhabitants of that planet. Meanwhile on Earth, Wyatt is leading a revolution. Wyatt must find his confidence to lead the resistance team, and Sam has to learn that fighting back against the enemy doesn’t necessarily mean killing them.

Born to Run shows more disabled characters. One girl is deaf and communicates with sign language. Another character uses a wheelchair, and struggles when he loses it. Wyatt is on the autism spectrum, so he processes information and feelings differently. Even though these characters had disabilities, they were able to use them to their advantage to figure out how to defeat the aliens.

This is a great series! I’m excited to see how it all ends.

Thank you First Second and YA Bound Book Tours for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Rise Up (Last Pick #3) by Jason Walz

About the Author:

Jason Walz is comic and graphic novel creator living in Minneapolis. He is the author of several comics and graphic novels, including the LAST PICK trilogy and the Eisner nominated graphic novel HOMESICK.

Website: http://jasonwwalz.com/

Have you read Last Pick or Born to Run? What did you think of it?

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