Friday, 19 July 2019

A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World

C A Fletcher has created a horribly believable petering out of humanity and here, almost at the end, is a very memorable story.

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Book description

My name's Griz. 
I've never been to school, I've never had friends, 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, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came. 
He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him - until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him out into the ruins of the world.
I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family's real story is. More about what really matters.

My review 

I love this book! It takes a while to get used to not having speech marks but it soon becomes like the chatting of a young friend. About a third of the way through I feared it would run out of steam but it picked up again and right the way through to the end it was an exciting and sometimes surprising read. It brilliant portrays a dystopian future but one far less bleak than The Road (although I loved that too). The dog plays a significant part in the story but mainly it’s the strength of will and resilience of one young person against a very sparsely populated country. So few people, in fact, that a stranger is treated with suspicion. It’s a one-off. Do read it.

About the author

C. A. Fletcher has children and dogs. He lives in Scotland and writes for a living.

I received a review copy of this book from Amazon Vine.


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Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future ― Ray Bradbury

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