A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher
eBook review copy; 384 pages
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher is a very highly recommended story of a quest set in a dystopian world. Great novel!
Griz and family live on an island off the west coast of Scotland.
They are part of only a few thousand people left in the world. The world
has suffered a soft apocalypse that is called the Gelding, a global epidemic of infertility
that left the vast
majority of the world's population unable to have children. Griz's
family sees no one else, so it is just them and their beloved dogs.
Griz's dog are are Jip and Jess. When a red haired stranger shows up,
saying he is a trader, he seems friendly, but when he leaves, he steals
food and Griz's dog, Jess. Griz jumps into a boat along with Jip and
they give chase, because you can't steal a person's dog and if you
aren't loyal to those you love, what's the point?
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is an excellent,
un-put-down-able story and I know this will be a contender for one of
the best books of the year. It is written through Griz's voice via
journal entries written after the fact. There is foreshadowing expertly
interwoven in the tale of survival and courage in a strange world full
of ruins. Griz is devoted to Jip and Jess and will do anything to rescue
Jess from the stranger. The suspense and tension is palatable as danger
No spoilers, as I want to respect Fletcher's wishes to allow readers
to experience the journey as it unfolds, so I'm not going to say too
much more. The writing, though, is exceptional, and the tension and
suspense is kept high. This is a classic story of an epic quest. Griz is
a great character, well-developed and believable in this very different
world. There are some plot twists that you will not see coming and they
will shock and astound you.
My review copy was courtesy of Orbit.
"...when liars say they’re going to tell you the truth, it’s time to
listen extra carefully to their stories–not because they’re going
to try and hide the truth inside them, but because the truth’s not
going to be there at all. The real truth is going to be in the
things they don’t mention. So if you listen to the shape of their
lie, you can see the room it takes up, and then you look for the
truth in the empty spaces in between."