I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher
Published by Orbit on April 23, 2019
When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.
My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football.
My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.
There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.
Because if we aren't loyal to the things we love, what's the point?
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World actually surprised me, I’m not sure what I was expecting but it definitely wasn’t this. I thought the narration style and characters were well developed all the way through. I really liked the twists and turns that I never saw coming, and the way that they pushed the story forward. You can definitely tell through the writing style that the person telling the story was younger than your usual narrator, and I loved that about A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, especially as this seems to be something that other books struggle with.
I think what I loved more than anything about A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World was the fact that it was based in the United Kingdom. So when they were making reference to places I knew where they were and could also picture what that might look like in a post-apocalyptic world. I think it made me connect deeper with the book and the characters because some of the work of having to imagine places I didn’t need to spend too much on. Plus it was a great look at what various landmarks such as a football stadium, have been imagined as once the world had ended.
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World follows a young boy as he follows the man who stole one of his dogs. I have to say as a dog owner I have never felt so panicked and anxious with any book like this one. I think I kept imagining my puppy Penny in the same situation and how out of my mind with panic I would be. I don’t think anything would stop me from getting her back which is basically what this entire story is based around. I think that’s why I loved this book so much because it is definitely what I would do.
The way this book deals with death and destruction was really smart, I loved the acceptance that there was surrounding the fact there is nothing left. Especially by the children, and the way that they deal with having to “viking” through other homes. I was really intrigued by it all and wondered whether I would be as calm as that.
I would definitely recommend A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, it’s a really well written and well developed book. There was a good amount of twists and turns and the world was explained well. I loved it all and I will be rereading it once I have the time!
Would you be as anxious reading this book or is it just me? Let me know in the comments!
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