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Jun 04 2019

A boy and his dog at the end of the world by C. A. Fletcher

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Orbit, 2019. ISBN: 9780356510927.
Recommended. Told from the point of view of a young person after an apocalyptic event which has wiped out much of the human race and rendered a proportion of the female population (human and canine) infertile, much of the book is about the new experiences of Griz as he leaves home for the first time. Unfortunately for a reader already familiar with many of these experiences, the novel is slow to get into.
The arrival of Brand, a stranger, to Griz's island home, sets in motion a series of events even Griz with his wild imagination could not have foreseen. Dealing with dishonesty for the first time and lulled into a false sense of security, Griz and his family are duped out of a beloved dog, a dog that Griz will stop at nothing to reclaim. After a second run in with Brand leaves Griz stranded on the mainland for the first time in his life, Griz becomes only more determined to reunite with his dog Jess, no matter the cost.
With a mixture of second and third person, the book alternates between showing Griz's story and having Griz speak directly to the audience which can be a little disconcerting at times. Like many post-apocalyptic novels, this one addresses issues of survival, isolation, and repopulation, going so far as to provide commentary on all we left behind (aka plastics and technology which has become obsolete). For the environmentally aware individual interested in post-apocalyptic tales, I would recommend A boy, and his dog at the end of the world.
Kayla Gaskell

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