Review for The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade

Review for The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade

The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade, Book 5, Max Brallier, Douglas Holgate, Zombies, Monsters, Battle, Children's Books, Graphic Novel, Illustrations, Friendship, Green, Weapon, Boy, Blade, InkThe 5th book and this time bigger baddies, zombie radios/hive mind, and a blade that may change outcomes.

I am really back into this series, a big thank you again to my husband for giving me this one for my birthday! Now I could read on quite soon after reading book 4.

The book begins with an exciting scene immediately. Zombies, Evie, a tail, and oh yas I loved how the book immediately draws you into the story.

I loved that June came up with a brilliant idea since the radio wasn’t working. I loved that she and Quint made something that was able to show them if their families were still alive. That was definitely an emotional part, and I am delighted that so many people survived the apocalypse and that they are doing relatively OK. I do hope that in later books we get to see some new settlements because I would love to meet some new humans (and I am definitely not counting Evie as one of my want to meet new humans, I mean good guys).

There is also a training montage, or however you want to call that. I definitely liked seeing how that was formatted and I found myself rooting for Jack. Though he quickly learned that training isn’t as fun as they show it in action movies. Haha, oh Jack. But I loved that he kept going and that he was eager to find out what was going on.

I loved that we got to see plenty of the monsters that roam the town and that they were more than eager to help out and join the battles to save Earth.

I definitely hadn’t expected that the authors would go this far! I was so shocked and saddened when that happened. I guess I could have seen it coming given what happened to Dirk in the previous book, but again, normally kid’s books don’t go this far.

I loved what Dirk’s friends did for him in this book when they saw he wasn’t himself. He was isolating himself, sleeping a lot, trying to get away from it all and we learn later on what is happening. My heart broke for him. After all the events from the previous book he deserved some reprieve and he didn’t get it. So I loved that his friends tried to get him to talk, tried to make him smile, tried to help him forget things. From a fun and giant event that includes goo and loot crates to a special present to help him.

There were tons of twist and turns. Really, each time you think there is a moment of peace, of quiet, of silence, something happens. And I love it, though I would also not have minded some real peace. But I guess until everyone bad is defeated and the world is safe there is going to be barely any moments of silence and peace.

There were a few moments of laughing, and I especially loved when the baddie of last time was totally into nachos and didn’t particularly seem to care about destroying the world.

The ending, OH BOY, things were already getting heated these past books and this book was particularly heated with all the action and training, but the ending definitely promises that the next few books, leading to the finale, will be total sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-and-gnawing-on-your-nails exciting. I cannot wait. Plus, Jack will need to learn how to handle the new updates on his glove and his sword (baseball bat, cough).

All in all, I will soon be buying the next book (along with the short story collection and June’s own story) because I need to know more and want to see what happens in the next one. Will Grull be back? Will he get to his promise? Will Jack learn to wield his new powers and weapon?

Star rating, 4.5 stars

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