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  • Amazing

    Just as the author requested at the beginning of the book, to keep reviews spoiler free, I will give you a short introduction into the book. Griz lives with his parents, his brother Ferg, and his sister Bar, oh and their two dogs Jip and Jess, on a remote island called Mingulay off the coast of Scotland. They are the only occupants on the island, in fact, the whole world is sparsely populated due to something called the Gelding. No-one really knows what caused the Gelding, but people stopped having children, well all but 0.0001 percent of people did. The family rarely see any other people, so when a stranger called Brand sails up to their island they invite him in and listen to his stories of what the world is like. After eating the marmalade that Brand brought with him the family take ill and fall asleep. In the morning Griz realises that that Brand has left without a goodbye or trading any items, he soon realises it’s much worse than that though, the man had stolen Griz’s beloved pet dog, Jess. Not thinking straight, Griz grabs a weapon and his dog and jumps into the families boat and chases after Brand. This is the story of what Griz learns about the world, the past and himself whilst trying to get his dog back. A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World is a post-apocalyptic novel following Griz as he tries to rescue his dog Jess from a stranger who has stolen him. The way the world has come to have such few people is nothing new in the post-apocalyptic novel world, in fact, I read a book early this year which used infertility as to how the world was coming to an end, and Dan Brown used it in one of his books too. The book is told from Griz’s point of view as he looks back over what happened to him and what he learned on his adventure trying to get his dog back. He is mainly talking to a photograph of a boy he found in an abandoned house, but it does feel like he is talking to the reader as he mentions what it must have been like before the Gelding. Afterward, the world not only lost people it also went back in time as technology disappeared and food became sparse and people had to hunt for their food. I don’t really want to give any more away than what I have. What I will say is that the book is an adventure. There aren’t many characters in it, just like there aren’t many people left in the world. It has plenty of poignant moments and moments which might make you look at your own life and the world we currently live in. The book is extraordinary. You can tell how much heart, blood, sweat, and tears went into creating this story. It is quite simply beautiful. It is not so much about life in a post-apocalyptic world but more about Griz, his dog, and the people and places he encounters. If you are an emotional person you might want to keep tissues at the ready throughout too.

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  • Exquisite & Remarkable

    Five well-deserved stars! I must confess that I’m not much of a reader of apocalypse-type fiction and was mainly tempted by the cover design and interesting synopsis. A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World was an engaging and ingenious story, written very vividly in the first person. There was something in the writing that was both dark and alluring and I loved reading it. C.A. Fletcher’s writing style was very special, giving an extremely strong atmosphere to the novel. This was an amazing, exquisite and remarkable story and I was disappointed when I finished reading it as I didn't want it to end. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Orbit via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Beautiful !

    Quite the most amazingly powerful read I've had in years. Moving, scarey, happy, in fact All the emotions are brought out and given a good shake. All without the grossness or graphic horror that others have used to get your attention and although I did wonder at one point I was still gobsmacked at the end. Well done and thankyou C A Fletcher xxx

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  • Excitng page tuner

    Didnt want this book to end, brave but sensitive main character surviving in a sparsly populated post apocalypse world where a good dog is a huge asset. Good twist at the end.

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  • intruiging, not brilliant

    The story is well written but only really kicks off after a while, around the middle of the book. The writing style is quite repetitive. I did like the boy's interaction with other characters, but the journey on his own is rather boring...

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