Last Pick: Born to Run (Paperback)
In Last Pick: Born to Run, the second volume of his graphic novel series, Jason Walz pairs vivid world-building and fast-paced adventure in a beautiful story of bravery, sacrifice, and sibling devotion.
Four years ago, aliens kidnapped most of mankind, leaving behind those they deemed unworthy—the “last picked.”
The future for Sam is bleak and unthinkable. A galaxy away from her twin brother, she is a pawn in the aliens’ bloody civil war. But with her new friend Mia, Sam has found a way to resist her captors and hold onto her humanity.
Back on Earth, Sam’s twin, Wyatt, is leading a resistance of his own. With a ragtag army of the old, the young, and the disabled, he has a plan to bring the fight to his alien captors. But to defeat the aliens, Wyatt may need to befriend one.
About the Author
Jason Walz is a comic creator and teacher working in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Born in the south, he bounced around between Kentucky and Tennessee before working his way up north. He is best known for his debut graphic novel Homesick, which was nominated for a 2014 Eisner. He followed that up with the creation of an online comic series called Crap Shoot where he worked with some of today's biggest comic creators. A Story for Desmond is a bedtime story about loss and the gifts left behind by those who are gone.
Jason's three-book series called Last Pick pulls from his desire for his children to grow up reading about a diverse world full of young people exceeding the expectations others may place on them.
“A fun and inspiring story (with great art) about how the most overlooked people in society are often its biggest heroes. A must-read for any kid feeling left out.” —James Breakwell, author of Only Dead on the Inside and Bare Minimum Parenting
"Walz's art is cinematic in scope, shifting from adrenaline-inducing action scenes to evocative facial close-ups...An extraordinary sequel that is thrilling, inclusive, and unforgettable." —Kirkus, starred review
A Kirkus Reviews Best YA Science Fiction of 2018 Selection
"Will appeal to kids who’ve come to love cartoons that have many of the same messages, from Steven Universe to Gravity Falls." —Paste Magazine
“A masterful sci-fi tale with relatable characters, skillful worldbuilding, and cinematically designed illustrations.” —Kirkus Review, starred review
“Strong character development, atmospheric art, villainous aliens, snappy banter, cheerworthy protagonists, and well-executed suspense should give this lots of broad appeal.” —Booklist, starred review
“Messages about valuing all humans add meaningful layers to this fast-paced adventure featuring a cast of likable heroes and creepy, memorable aliens.” —Publishers Weekly
“A strong pick for reluctant readers. Give to fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s 'Shadow Children' series or Mark Siegel’s '5 Worlds' books.” —School Library Journal
“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