- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 730 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (October 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599909189
- ISBN-13: 978-1599909189
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Boy at the End of the World Paperback – October 16, 2012
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"Fisher's survivalist journey through the ruins of our future is both funny and affecting, full of transformed creatures, broken cities, and mad robots. Amid desperate escapes, explosive battles and piles of mammoth dung, "The""Boy at the End of the World," also manages to ask interesting questions about our place in the world, and where we're headed as a species." --Paolo Bacigalupi, Printz Award winning author of "Ship Breaker
""Greg van Eekhout's "The Boy at the End of the World" is both moving and full of adventure. This remarkable survival story will change the way readers think about themselves and the world they live in." --Sarah Prineas, author of "The Magic Thief
"Greg van Eekhout's "The Boy at the End of the World" is wholly engaging and action packed. It is a compelling journey story filled with unusual friendships and a vision of the future that doesn't shy away from eco-heavy messages and themes as it plunges the reader ever forward toward a riveting, cinemati
About the Author
GREG VAN EEKHOUT is the author of the middle-grade novel Kid vs. Squid and the adult novel Norse Code. His last name is pronounced like this: van, as in the thing you drive, eek, as in, "Eek, killer robots are stomping the rutabagas!" and hout, like "out" with an h in front of it. The emphasis is on Eek: van EEKhout.
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At the beginning of The Boy at the End of the World, humanity is dead. There is no society to struggle against, and no rivalries to explore. Our protagonist is Fisher, a vat-grown clone implanted with limited survival skills. Accompanied by a broken robot and a pet mammoth, he must not only survive in this broken world (Greg van Eekhout's creativity shines as Fisher struggles against giant flesh-eating parrots, baseball-sized robotic bees, and swarming mini-crocs) but find a reason to 'continue existing'. After finding evidence of a second "Ark", Fisher sets out on a dangerous journey to find the last remnants of human society-but there's no guarantee that either they've survived, or that he will survive to find them.
The writing style is clear and works for both drama and humour, and though the book certainly has a lot to say, it smoothly works its themes into an intriguing adventure. A genuinely unnerving villain and creative setting make this book shine. At times, the fast pace becomes a little rushed. I wish that Van Ekhout had spent more time on the ending, instead of simply setting up the sequel-but readers will be eagerly anticipating more post-apocalyptic adventures with Fisher. Highly recommended for fans of dystopian sci-fi and survival stories.
Well-written, gripping, and fascinating this book grabbed me from the first page and wouldn't let go until the end. And even then, I didn't want the story to end.