The Last Kids on Earth

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The Last Kids on Earth
The Last Kids on Earth book cover.jpg

AuthorMax Brallier
IllustratorDouglas Holgate
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genre
PublisherViking Books for Young Readers (US)
Egmont Books Ltd (UK)
PublishedOctober 13, 2015 – present
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback), Audiobook

The Last Kids on Earth is a children's illustrated novel and subsequent book series by American author Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate, with audiobook format narrated by Robbie Daymond. Novels in the series have been recognized on Best Seller lists of both The New York Times and USA Today. This book is recommended for teens/pre-teens in the "middle school" demographic.[1] The series currently includes 7 books, with an 8th underway,[2] and has been adapted into an animated series by Netflix.

In the initial story, a foster child and an optimistic loner named Jack Sullivan finds himself abandoned in a cartoonish end-of-the-world apocalypse. He thrives on freedom, junk food, and video games while building a team of his classmates to fight off zombies as well as a trove of campy monsters who have also somehow appeared. The series treats its subject matter with lighthearted humor rather than adult horror.

Subsequent books continue the same comic dystopian scenario with the team of mismatched school kids facing new antagonists, new monsters and new challenges.

List of novels[edit]

  • The Last Kids on Earth (2015) #1
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade (2016) #2
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King (2017) #3
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond (2018) #4
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade (2019) #5
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Survival Guide (2019) (Standalone)
  • The Last Kids on Earth: June's Wild Flight (2020) (Standalone)
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road (2020) #6
  • The Last Kids on Earth: Thrilling Tales From the Tree House (2021) (Standalone)
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Doomsday Race (2021) #7
  • The Last Kids on Earth: Quint and Dirk's Hero Quest (2022) (Standalone)
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Forbidden Fortress (2022) #8

Summary[edit]

The eight books follow a thirteen-year-old boy named Jack Sullivan, who lives in his foster brother's tree house after a zombie outbreak hits his hometown, Wakefield, Massachusetts. He is accompanied by his best friend Quint Baker, who loves experimenting; June Del Toro, a strong, brave girl who used to be the school newspaper's editor-in-chief; and Dirk Savage, the local bully with exceptional fighting skills. The friends fight one monster in each book, while trying to stay alive, and stop an entity named Rezzoch, who wants to take over the Earth. In the series, however it follows a different plot line.

Reception[edit]

The series is recognized as a best–seller on both The New York Times and USA Today book lists, with the publisher boasting seven million copies in print.[2][3]

Animated series adaptation[edit]

On February 26, 2018, it was announced that Netflix had a series order to an animated television adaptation of the book series. The first season, a single hour–long special covering the plot of the first book, was released in September 2019 to coincide with the release of the fifth novel.[4] The second season, covering the plot of the second book, was released in April 2020 and consists of ten episodes.[5] Production companies involved in the series include Thunderbird Entertainment's animation studio Atomic Cartoons.[6] It has recently been renewed for a third season based on the third book in the series, it was released on October 16, 2020. A 4th season was hinted at the end of season 3 but there has not been any official confirmation by Netflix yet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "USA Today Best Selling Books". USA Today. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond". Penguin Random House. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Children's Series". The New York Times. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Last Kids on Earth Season 1: Netflix Release Date, Plot, Cast & Trailer". What's on Netflix. September 4, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "When will Season 2 of 'The Last Kids on Earth' be on Netflix?". What's on Netflix. September 18, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Vlessing, Etan (February 28, 2018). "Netflix Orders Animated Series 'The Last Kids on Earth'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 28, 2018.

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