Book Title & Alexandra's Review

The Last Kids on Earth and the Skeleton Road (Last Kids on Earth #6) by Max Brallier


4th Grade and Up


Now wielding the Midnight Blade, Jack Sullivan and the gang are furiously searching for the villainous Thrull and his skeleton army. The clock is ticking: the enemy has begun constructing the Tower, a portal with the power to bring Rezzoch the Ancient, Destructor of Worlds, to our dimension. Equipped with a crucial clue discovered by June on her Wild Flight, the group does the once-unthinkable: they leave Wakefield behind and embark on an . . . EPIC ROAD TRIP! That means music blasting, kitschy roadside attractions, snacks snacks snacks, dangerous detours, and a slew of zombies and monsters at every turn. But this is no ordinary post-apocalyptic joyride. Because soon, they are pursued by a new threat: the return of a monster they thought long dead, who has taken on a terrifying new form. Jack, June, Quint, and Dirk will be lucky to make it far enough to find the answers they seek. But when the future of the world depends on it, these heroes don’t pump the brakes–they go full throttle.


In June’s Wild Flight, we got a sneak peak of what the apocalypse has done to the world outside of Wakefield. Now the kids are going farther than they ever have before.


I’ve read so many different road trip stories and none of them have disappointed. And this story’s road trip is tied for number one most outrageous road trip ever. I love all the fun roadside attractions they stop at and all the other antics they get up to.


One issue I’m happy and surprised the story included was the bathroom issue. Finding a bathroom on a normal road trip is no easy feat. Finding a bathroom in a monster apocalypse with danger at every turn is nearly impossible. I would have been happy to read 5 whole pages of Jack listing Feats of Apocalyptic (Road Trip Toilet) Success.


Bit of a spoiler, this story ends on a monstrous cliffhanger. Pun intended.


Book 7 in the series will be coming out Fall 2021. I’m estimating that this series will have at least three more books along with two more in-between books. I’m just hoping the story doesn’t stretch on for so long that readers are like “Oh come on! Get to the point already!”


There are still so many questions I want answers to. Are the kids ever going to run into other humans or maybe another group of kids like them? I mean, the four of them managed to survive, what are the odd that other kids did too? Where did the portals that brought the monsters to Earth in the first place come from? Did Thrull open them or did someone on Earth do it? I might be a little too invested in this fictional apocalyptic world.


For those of you who don’t know, the third season/book 3 of The Last Kids on Earth animated series premiered on Netflix yesterday. Season 3, just like Season 2, expands on the original Book 3 of the series. Since the book series is narrated by Jack, the story is mainly told from his perspective. With the TV series however, we’re able to see the struggles of June, Quint, and Dirk.


I was really surprised when I learned the release date of Season 3 since the second season/book 2 came out in April. You might find this hard to believe but it takes 2 to 3 years to animate one cartoon season. The Season 3 finale hints that there will be a Season 4. I really hope that all the books will be animated. I might be even more invested in the TV series than I am in the book series.


This weeks’ Weird but True Fact about Skeletons

Your skeleton has about 300 bones when you are born, but only 206 when you grow up.

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