A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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"This un-put-down-able story has everything—a well-imagined post-apocalyptic world, great characters, incredible suspense, and, of course, the fierce love of some very good dogs."—Kirkus Reviews (starred)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?
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2019.
ISBN: 9780316449465
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Sep 26, 2020

good book but slightly deppresing.

Nov 02, 2019

Excellent book. The atmosphere of the story is very reminiscent of Willam Barton (Transmigration of Souls, When Heaven Fell). Great ending to it with the twists.

Oct 10, 2019

The premise of this story drew me in, because I have long wondered about how a “Gelding” might affect the Anthropocene. Many aspects of the world “After” were handled in a very believable way, and the author is careful not to describe all of the things that could go wrong, only hinting at a lot of the reactions to the “Gelding” that might happen. In a world focused on staying alive, Griz is interested in reading more than just DIY books. Griz’s fascination with literature and attempts to save as many books as possible for future reading puts me in mind of Guy Montag. While Montag exists in a society that resists literature, Griz’s world simply tolerates it. The inexorability of Montag’s world as I recall it from reading Bradbury sixty years ago is not reflected in “A Boy and His Dog.” Hope does survive. Minor quibbles: I’m not much for deus ex machina resolutions and I always thought “loup garou” meant werewolf.

Sep 07, 2019

What a fun reading adventure this was for me. It is important that no spoilers be shared as it has many surprises that really need to be discovered while reading the book and not by reading reviews.
It takes place 100 years or so in the future after some disease or another renders humans sterile.
The main character, Griz who has never been off the island his family lives on takes after a thief who stole from them. He isn't exactly prepared but determined to get back what is his and so the adventure begins.
I'm really going to miss reading this book but oh well on to my next reading adventure!

Harlan Ellison did it better.

Aug 03, 2019

I so liked this read & will end up buying it. Despite the voice of a teenage boy this is an exceptional read of adventure, some wisdom, the practicality, ingenuity. I loved the descriptions, especially the landscape I can imagine. He writes of the importance of books, like opening a door on great wonders where the reader can travel space, time & locations. 'On your own it's easy to let unsettling thoughts get under your skin' so true. I won't reveal the twists, just let the reader enjoy the journey. I especially liked a statement thought on page 321 about liars and intend to use it as my own.

My wish is this will come out in audiobook for an MP3 and the author choses Jack Davenport to read it, as that man has the ability to make one believe and his accents are so dead on.

Jul 21, 2019

This is an exciting adventure book with sea voyages, overland travel, horseback riding, danger, vengeance, things lost and things found. As you can tell from the title, something has gone wrong on Earth and the population is dwindling precipitously.
Our narrator is writing the book and Griz is not only stubborn, but also loyal to family, including the dogs. So when some seafarer steals one of the dogs, Griz sets off to retrieve her.
I loved the geography and pulled up Google maps to see where it was set. I love that Griz is bracing for violence but thinks, “Better a brain than a fist.” I love how the island upbringing made Griz self-sufficient and strong and practical. I love the descriptions of the “mainland”— England, like the church that “hunkered down somehow, ... determined to fight the encroaching trees.” Griz’s first walk awestruck walk beneath “real broad-leafed tree” not only because of the lack of trees on the island, but also because Griz was “ beneath a roof of green, and not just one green, but so many different kinds of green.” There’s too much I like but the I can’t leave out Griz’s encounter with John Dark (say it out loud with a French accent).😉
Read it and see what you make of Griz, Brand, Jess, Jip, and Joy.

Jul 07, 2019

The story of Griz who goes in search of his dog in a post world demise is one that takes you on an adventure on land, in one's mind, and in your heart. Subtle metaphors kept me entranced. " That was when we thought we were just chasing a dog thief. ...and found we were chasing something else entirely, something we didn't even know we had lost." " He wasn't saying he was a monster....and maybe in his own mind he wasn't. I guess no one's the monster in their own story. Monsters are just a matter of perspective." Gentle and deep.

May 09, 2019

“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?” Being a dog lover, this quote from inside the book jacket immediately made me want to read this post-apocalyptic adventure. Griz lives on a small secluded island with his parents and 2 siblings. The majority of humans and animals are no longer able to reproduce so the human race is close to extinction. When a stranger comes to their island and steals one of Griz’s dogs, he and his other dog jump in a boat without thinking and go after the thief to get his dog back. This book is about his adventure tracking the thief and seeing what has become of the world. As he travels we are shown the contrast of how things were before and after the event they call the “gelding.” He only comes across a couple of other people but they are pivotal characters. I enjoyed this story about a boy’s brave quest, facing unknown dangers to rescue his beloved dog. There’s an epic twist towards the end that the author has asked readers to keep secret, but it made the book even better.

ArapahoeStaff26 May 07, 2019

Provides an amazing perspective on our world today, as the narrator marvels at traces he finds on his travels of the 21st and earlier centuries. I loved this post-apocalyptic adventure story.


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