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Kids vs. Zombies: A Review of The Last Kids on Earth

By Max Gast, staff writer

The Last Kids on Earth is one of the favorite books I’ve read in the not-graphic-novel side of children’s books. It has everything a children’s book should have: It’s funny, it has an action-packed story and the illustrations are excellent.

It is a series of books actually. They come out every year. The author, Max Brallier, had the perfect idea of a modern-day zombie apocalypse. Douglas Holgate also is a really good artist and no one could illustrate Jack, Quint, Dirk, and June better in my opinion. I like the style that Douglas Holgate uses. It’s like a mix between realistic and cartoony. I also really like the plot that sets up the next four books and more to come. I don’t really know if Max Brallier intended to make his book a series. Even if he didn’t, I probably would still like the first book a lot — series or not.

Basically, there is this 13-year-old kid called Jack Sullivan who has survived the last few weeks in this zombie apocalypse. The book begins at a CVS pharmacy where Jack has to find an eyeglass repair kit with those small screwdrivers. He needs a small screwdriver to fix his walkie-talkie (which he calls a walkie). He needs to fix it so he can get in touch with his best friend Quint. Jack doesn’t really get to know anyone because he is an orphan. 

But then, a zombie apocalypse strikes. The first book doesn’t tell you why the zombie apocalypse strikes. Here are some of the challenges he has to overcome: getting through two dozers, trying to find someone, and meeting up with a terrifying enemy.  

I like this book a lot and while reading it I really got into the story but sometimes the book throws a lot at you at once. For that reason, I might take down my initial rating just a notch. That doesn’t mean the plot is confusing though. Once you get through all of it you start to realize what is going on. One question of mine that didn’t get answered though is how the zombie apocalypse started. I’m sure that will be answered in the second book, though, and I’m not going to spoil anything, but there are these people that come from another dimension that I predict will tell you how the zombie apocalypse started. 

So right now I’m going to give my rating. I would give the book an 8.5 out of 10.  The only reason I knocked it down a bit, is like I said earlier, SOMETIMES. Only sometimes will the book throw a lot at you. Nonetheless, I think Max Brallier is a great author and I would personally like to read a few more of his books. One thing I’d really want is a graphic novel by Douglas Holgate. I think it would be a pretty good book.

Overall, The Last Kids on Earth is an awesome book. In my opinion, you should read it.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Siege: A Video Game Review

By Dylan Katz, staff writer

Do you like intense first-person shooters with tons of strategies? Well, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Siege is for you. The game is about you playing counter-terrorists or terrorists as you defend a bomb, hostage, and secure an area. You play with five people on your team defending those objectives or eliminate the enemy team. As every round goes by, the tension grows bigger as your team may be losing and its match point and you have to clutch up a 1 v 5.

The game is adapted from a book — a thriller by Tom Clancy called Rainbow Six.

There are ways to go about the game. You could live on the edge and rush objectives, or camp in a corner waiting for the action to sprout. That’s the best part of Rainbow is that you can play however you want to if you have a good team and operators. The name of the game is to be either the best on your team with the most kills to brag that your MVP or take it slow and steady and get 1-2 kills. As a warning, you can team kill someone. This means you can shoot and kill your teammates for the round. Read more

Joker: A Review

By Henry DiZefalo, staff writer

“All my life I thought I was a tragedy. Now I know I’m a comedy.” 

Joker was by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing performance. He lost 52 pounds for the role.  Another famous actor who had a big role was Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin. This movie was the first of its kind and was not a remake. It’s about how Arthur Franklin became the criminal mastermind, the Joker, Batman’s arch-nemesis. It shows how his life in Gotham City affected the way he treated other people. Arthur found out things about his childhood that changed him forever and made him evil. 

I liked how it showed how he had such a sad life and how he wasn’t really that bad of a person. He was really just misunderstood. He became a villain because he was mad about a lot of things. I didn’t like that it was so violent because in some scenes it was overly graphic. I saw the movie with my grandpa and he loved it but agreed with me it was too violent. 

I would recommend it to kids who are mature enough to understand the plot. It was rated R. I would give this movie 5 stars because it had a great plot twist at the end and it was the best performance of the Joker I’ve ever seen.

Is TikTok Here to Stay?

By Angelina Cortina

“Hit or miss. I guess they never miss huh?”

TikTok is the new Musical.ly that we all remember from 2014. And if you don’t remember it, here is a little refresher: It is an app that allows you to make short videos, usually weird lip syncs, and other fun things. TikTok bought musically from Lu Yu Yang and Alex Zhu in August first of 2018. ByteDance (the company that owns these apps) merged the two apps but is keeping the Musical.ly layout but the Tik Tok name. Read more

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