“Take a Peek” book reviews are short and (possibly) sweet, keeping the commentary brief and providing a little peek at what the book’s about and what I thought.
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?
A man stole my dog.
I went after him.
Bad things happened.
I can never go home.
I’ll keep this short and to the point, because it would be way too easy to veer into spoilery territory, and this book is best experienced fresh and free from a whole lot of expectations. It’s a wonderful story about love and loyalty, centered around a quest to retrieve a beloved dog, and filled with danger, unexpected alliances and moments of grace, bravery, and defiance. And yes, a little sadness too.
The title says a lot about the basics of the book. The key point is that this is a world of after — nothing is as we know it. And it’s not because of a world war or other doomsday scenario. Instead, the world basically went infertile, except for a very small percentage of people who didn’t. There was a last generation, and once they died out, the people who remained — about 7,000 worldwide — were left to live on in whatever fashion suited them. The world we know was essentially dead. Nothing new was made or created, and people survived through farming and scavenging (or, as Griz’s family calls it, “viking” — they’d go “a-viking” to see what they could find to reuse and repurpose on their own little isolated island).
Told through Griz’s first-person narration, the story takes us along Griz’s journey, across the sea and through an abandoned and alien mainland… because a stolen dog cannot be forgotten. I loved the writing, both plain and unembellished, yet full of fun word play and cadences:
And then the thing that happened happened and what happened was really three things and they all happened at once.
I really truly loved this book. It’s sad and frightening, but also lovely and inspiring. Griz is a terrific, memorable main character. The story wraps up well, neatly enough to leave me satisfied, but I still wish I could learn more about this world and the people left in it.
Highly recommended. What a treat!
Title: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
Author: C. A. Fletcher
Publication date: April 23, 2019
Length: 384 pages
Genre: Speculative/post-apocalyptic fiction
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley
11 thoughts on “Take A Peek Book Review: A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher”
This sounds good. Is it a tearjerker? X
I don’t think it’s a tearjerker, or at least, it wasn’t for me. I think I can safely say, without ruining the story, that the dogs all come out okay in the end! (I know sad dog stories bring on the tears automatically for lots of people!)
Yes I’d cry instantly lol x
What a unique twist on the usual post-apocalyptic story. This sounds like a good read. And I’m wondering if it’s a tearjerker, too, bookskatlikes!
It really was terrific. I didn’t experience it as a tearjerker. I know dog stories automatically bring on the tears for some people 🙂 , but I think it’s not really a spoiler to say that the dogs are all okay at the end!
Lovely review! This book is so wonderful, I wish everyone would read it😁
Me too! I’m just a little frustrated, because I’d love to discuss it in detail, but can’t give anything away. 🙂
I would have to read the last chapter first to know the dogs come out ok. Otherwise I’d be sostressed reading this I couldn’t enjoy it. The older I get the less I can read animal stories. Your review is good though and I see in the comments the dogs come out ok.
Yes, rest assured that the dogs are fine in the end! So, no peeking ahead! 🙂
Wonderful review! I definitely would like another book set in the same world. There’s stuff about the underground bunkers (at least, I think that’s what they were?) that got me really curious. 😀
Oh, I’d really want to know more. What happens next? What happened to the family back on the island? I think there’s plenty more to explore!