Also by this author: Lockdown
In 2008 the government assembled a top-secret elite group of scientists to develop a defense against chemical warfare during the US-Iraqi conflict. Frank Fox was one of the scientists. Eight years later, Frank finds love, but when he asks for her hand in marriage he learns she is dying of cancer. Frank sets out to modify the drug from the Army, determined not to lose her. Armed with what he thinks is the cure, when he gives her the drug the outcome is anything but what he wanted–hell is unleashed on society.
One of the things I’ve loved about The Orphans series is at the beginning of each book, Mike Evans includes a prologue, which gives a recap of what has happened in the previous books so if there has been any time passed between each book read, you don’t feel lost. I wish more authors did this.
I downloaded the first book, Origins, during a free promotion. After that, I was hooked. At the time, there were only 4 books available and I regret to say I have not had the opportunity to continue the series due to other commitments. I will say, with confidence, that I plan to finish it as soon as I am available. THAT’S how much I enjoyed this series.
I like that the series follows a group of teenagers as compared to adults with normal life experiences. I have a daughter around the same age as these characters and it gives me hope that if something like this were to happen, there is a chance she would be able to make it. Shaun and his friends are far braver than I believe I could have been at that age. It doesn’t make it unbelievable as it does in some stories, but the level of maturity of these characters is evident from the very beginning. I know for a fact there are kids out there on this level. I know some of them personally. They are able to think maturely and rationally and distance themselves from emotion when necessary.
The Orphans series keeps you waiting with anticipation for the next thing to happen. Just when you think things may go the way you hope for them, things change. That doesn’t mean they go badly, just differently. Each of these kids has a reason for being, even if it’s to dislike them. You never know who will survive and who won’t. Not everyone does and sometimes it breaks your heart to let them go, but you have to keep reading.
I love that instead of giving up, they keep seeking the cure. Granted, one of them knows more details about where and why everything is occurring and that gives them hope, but still, the pure drive of these characters is amazing.
Another thing about The Orphans series is that these are not your stereotypical zombies. They have attributes different from most zombie stories and personally, I probably would have just taken myself out in the beginning if I saw these around.
Overall, from what I have read, this is a great series. I believe it’s great for adults as well as teens who are mature enough to handle the violence and concepts that come with zombie stories. I’ve recommended it to several zombie lovers and they, so far, have agreed that it’s a series to follow. Personally, I think it would make a great movie, but I have weird taste in movies, so I’m not sure how you should take that…