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Last Pick
2018
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<p>"With Last Pick , Jason Walz has created a beautifully crafted science fiction graphic novel that is heartfelt, filled with endearing characters, and all too timely." --New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>In this first volume of Jason Walz's dystopian graphic novel trilogy, the kids last picked are humanity's last hope.</p>
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  School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Twins Sam and Wyatt were children when the aliens took everyone between the ages of 16 and 65 except for those with disabilities, who were deemed weak or useless. Wyatt sees the world differently than his neurotypical sister, and together, the two try to discover where the invaders have taken their parents. When the aliens return to collect more people, the duo know it's time to fight back. Walz uses muted grays and greens to depict the dystopian environment on Earth, and a blue palette for flashback scenes, which fill in some much-needed world-building and character development. This is an action-packed story with compelling art and dialogue and a cliff-hanger ending; many readers will finish the book in a single sitting. The aliens are appropriately scary (with gaping, toothy maws and menacing red eyes), and themes of  love, loyalty, and acceptance are effectively conveyed. -VERDICT A strong pick for reluctant readers. Give to fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix's "Shadow Children" series or Mark Siegel's "5 Worlds" books.-Jenni Frencham, formerly at Columbus Public Library, WIAudiobooks © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Three years ago, aliens invaded the Earth and took most of its inhabitants, leaving behind only those who are too old, too young, or too disabled. It's in this dystopian nightmare that Sam and her twin brother, Wyatt, who exhibits characteristics associated with autism, find themselves, as they scavenge the wastelands, looking for ways to communicate with those taken and, in the process, providing hope to their fellow humans still left on Earth. But the aliens underestimated the resourcefulness of the humans they left behind, particularly Sam and Wyatt, who are throwing a monkey wrench into the aliens' nefarious plans. Although Walz's toned-down violence, young-looking protagonists, and invitingly cartoonish artwork might make this seem, at first glance, like a middle-grade comic, his bleak tone, cinematic pacing, well-­developed characters, and sophisticated, balanced narrative make it better suited for a YA audience. Walz begins chapters with impressive flashback scenes, rendered in a more muted palette, which not only provide interesting backstory to further readers' investment in the twin protagonists but seamlessly transition to the story in the present. Strong character development, atmospheric art, villainous aliens, snappy banter, cheerworthy protagonists, and well-executed suspense should give this lots of broad appeal. Hand to fans of Jeff Smith's Bone (2004) or Paul Pope's Battling Boy (2013).--Peter Blenski Copyright 2018 Booklist
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