Book Review – A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
By C. A. Fletcher
Orbit Books
Release Date: April 2019

Synopsis:
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?

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Review of sample chapters:
Thank you to Netgalley and Orbit books for an advanced copy of some sample chapters of this book. From what I have read so far, I am really captured with the story and it’s characters. The book is told by Griz’s perspective a young boy who lives in an apocalyptic world. He has never known what the real world is like, only stories from his parents memories and books he has read. Griz his family and dogs are very lucky to have survived seeing as only 0.0001& of the world population survived what they call The Gelding. The family have a lapse in judgement one day and trust a stranger a bit too easily, after a day or two this man runs away, stealing Gritz’s favourite dog, food and other supplies, so Gritz starts chasing the stranger down to get what’s rightfully his back.

This is all the story tells so far, so obviously I am gripped and want to know if Gritz successfully chases down this man and gets his dog back. I like that the end of the world feels like it’s not a “big deal” to Gritz, the way he describes it is a “soft apocalypse” it just sort of happened no zombies, no virus, no big bang. I also love that he loves reading and books. He find books in places and keeps them, he enjoys reading about how the world used to imagine an apocalypse, this humours Gritz as it is nothing like the real thing. He says something only a few pages in and I just love the quote: “When I open the front cover of a new book, it’s like a door, and I can travel far away in place or time.” Although Gritz is just a kid he seems wise beyond his years, I like the way he is re-telling his story I find it quirky yet gripping.

I don’t think this book is going to be an action packed end of the world thriller, it is more atmospheric and melancholy. The writing style and narration reminds me of The Catcher in The Rye by J.D Salinger and The Road by Cormac Macarthy. Both brilliant books but are sort of… “nothingness” they have brilliant character narration but the stories are slow and don’t move anywhere. I am saying this as a positive as I really like that style of writing and book and I get the same vibe with this too. So I am excited to read the rest of Gritz’s tale of how he finds his dog.

I have always been into apocalyptic fiction in books and movies and so far this novel seems to be really good, I just want to read more already and find out what happens. I can’t wait for the book to be released next year so I can continue reading Gritz’s adventure to saving his dog and defeating the stranger. You can pre-order this book on Amazon here. Katie x

(I want to thank Netgalley and Orbit Books for this opportunity to read the first six chapters of this book)

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