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Orphans Vol. 1 : The Beginning - Emiliano Mammucari

Orphans Vol. 1

The Beginning

Paperback Published: 26th June 2018
ISBN: 9781942367178
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old

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A devastating energy beam strikes the Earth, instantly killing a sixth ofthe world population. Deemed to be a premeditated attack by aliens from adistant planet, a Serbian scientist named Jsana Juric and a Japanese armycolonel named Takeshi Nakamura gather a group of orphaned children who survivedthe disaster to become lethal soldiers trained to invade the hostile planet inhopes of preventing a repeat attack. Divided into teams, the children get toknow each other, and begin to understand that surviving the training will itselfbe a brutal test. Lives are sacrificed and difficult lessons are learned, all inthe interest of turning children into hardened killing machines. One suchimpressionable child is Jonas . . . Meanwhile, in a parallel storyline set inthe future, a ground invasion force reaches the alien planet from which theenergy beam supposedly originated. Before setting foot on the planet, everysoldier receives a vaccine to combat the deadly radiation on the planet, acourse that must be repeated every day. The battles are tough, and the humanforces suffer massive casualties, until a team of five soldiers appear and makeshort work of the aliens. These five heroes are Jonas and hiscompanions—the "Orphans." A massively popular series by Italian authorsRoberto Recchioni and Emiliano Mammucari, this series has spawned five spin-offseries (or "seasons").

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED) -- An explosive, apocalyptic opening introduces this enthralling military sci-fi series where the action and emotional beats never let up. After an alien weapon devastates Earth, the survivors are willing to do anything to take the fight to the enemy, including training orphaned children to become elite soldiers. The central child squad includes six members: Ringo, Jonas, Juno, Rey, Felix, and Sam. The child troops, grouped by the region where they were found, are thrown into survival tests and pushed to their limits, even unto death, as they are formed into war machines. Those who live through it emerge with unshakable bonds, determined to defeat the mysterious alien antagonists. The program's unethical nature is never downplayed or glossed over, but the story follows how the children grow and develop within it as they cope with anger, grief, love, and what it means to be trained killers. Reminiscent of Rucka's Lazarus series, the narrative is drawn with detailed, expressive art that captures the distinctive personalities of its ensemble cast. Visually appealing, emotionally satisfying, and full of fight, this fast-paced adventure will have broad appeal to fans of science fiction, postapocalyptic futures, and elite warrior narratives. (June)

ISBN: 9781942367178
ISBN-10: 1942367171
Series: Orphans
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 14 - 17 years old
For Grades: 9 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th June 2018
Publisher: Magnetic Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 16.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.92

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