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Fisher is the last boy on earth-and things are not looking good for the human race. Only Fisher made it out alive after the carefully crafted survival bunker where Fisher and dozens of other humans had been sleeping was destroyed.

Luckily, Fisher is not totally alone. He meets a broken robot he names Click, whose programmed purpose-to help Fisher "continue existing"-makes it act an awful lot like an overprotective parent. Together, Fisher and Click uncover evidence that there ...

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Overview

Fisher is the last boy on earth-and things are not looking good for the human race. Only Fisher made it out alive after the carefully crafted survival bunker where Fisher and dozens of other humans had been sleeping was destroyed.

Luckily, Fisher is not totally alone. He meets a broken robot he names Click, whose programmed purpose-to help Fisher "continue existing"-makes it act an awful lot like an overprotective parent. Together, Fisher and Click uncover evidence that there may be a second survival bunker far to the west. In prose that skips from hilarious to touching and back in a heartbeat, Greg van Eekhout brings us a thrilling story of survival that becomes a journey to a new hope-if Fisher can continue existing long enough to get there.

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Editorial Reviews

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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, cinematic end." —Ingrid Law, Newbery Honor author of Savvy

"The characters are well developed and the moral dilemmas are sound. This is an excellent beginning for science fiction readers and the study of dystopian society. Recommended." — Library Media Connection

"The author of Kid vs. Squid (2010) repeats with another quirky, high-stakes adventure hung about with oddball ideas and life-threatening hazards... Van Eekhout moves his tale along briskly to a violent, suspenseful climax… A pleaser for readers who prefer their sf livened up with unpredictable elements and emotional complexity." —Booklist

"Part speculative fiction, part cinematic survival adventure, the novel features a brisk pace and clever and snappy dialogue. The real, scary possibility of human destruction of our own environment is tempered by this diverting tale of the possibilities of continued existence and the meaning of hope, friendship and community." —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Cara Chancellor
Fisher was born alone, among death. That was not how it was supposed to be. He should have emerged from his pod alongside the other humans of the Northern Ark, each grown into a young adult and imprinted with a particular life skill. Instead, his pod was activated moments before the Ark's destruction, making Fisher the sole survivor. From "Click," one of the Ark's robots, Fisher learns that his ancestors destroyed Earth hundreds of years ago through pollution, wars and genetic modification. They built the Arks to store their DNA until they could one day repopulate the planet. Rather than waking to a healed world, though, Fisher awoke to one under attack by the very machines built to save him. Every day is a struggle to find food, keep warm, avoid injury and hide from the machines. None of it seems fair, but Fisher does not have a choice. If he dies, humankind becomes extinct... this time, for good. Eekhout's story of the last boy on Earth is unapologetic in condemning both real and fictional humans' destruction of the planet and raises unusually deep philosophical questions for young adult fiction, such as whether humans even deserve a second chance. While missing the intrigues of teenage romance and friendship—since Fisher is the only human alive—the book should fare well with fans of post-apocalyptic science fiction. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
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Gr 5–7—"This is what he knew: His name was Fisher. The world was dangerous. He was alone." Thousands of years before, a dying civilization created the Life Ark and filled it with perfectly preserved genetic specimens so that one day human culture might rise again. But when Fisher awakens among the Ark's twisted, smoking ruins, he realizes that he is the only survivor except for a slightly off-kilter robot he calls Click. Its stated purpose is to help Fisher "continue existing," but its rather wonky programming is not always reliable. They find clues that the long-dead scientists may have planted more than one Ark. If they can find that other installation, there may be hope. However, evolution hasn't been idle, and nature and the terrain have changed in unexpected and dangerous ways. The cross-continent trek parallels Fisher's own journey toward realizing his humanity. The story is set in a fascinating and at times chillingly altered North America in which scattered relics of the pre-cataclysm era will seem hauntingly familiar to 21st-century readers. Robot Click is a surprisingly complex character, and his deadpan insights add a welcome touch of humor to the sometimes dark plot. With strong themes of courage and self-reliance, this challenging and thought-provoking adventure is a fine choice for science-fiction collections.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Kirkus Reviews

A boy, a robot and a mammoth struggle to survive after the apocalypse.

Fisher "becomes born," as he thinks of it, out of a gel-filled pod in a destroyed Ark meant to preserve dozens of species along with human life after environmental cataclysm. He seems to have been endowed with a complete understanding of language and of his surroundings, and with, as he notes in awe, an awareness of hundreds of ways to catch fish: "I know all of them." He is accompanied by the somewhat damaged guardian robot Fisher christens Click and by a juvenile mammoth Fisher calls Protein (after deciding not to kill and eat the gentle giant...just yet). This trio makes its way across the North American continent in search of a second and finally a third Ark in order to help Fisher fulfill his mission of continuing the human species. Self-reinventing weaponry meant to defend each of the Arks leads to the destruction both of Fisher's birthplace and the Southern Ark, where an encounter with nano-technology is by turns hilarious and creepy. Part speculative fiction, part cinematic survival adventure, the novel features a brisk pace and clever and snappy dialogue.

The real, scary possibility of human destruction of our own environment is tempered by this diverting tale of the possibilities of continued existence and the meaning of hope, friendship and community. (Science fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599905242
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    This book is an excellent book about the survival of a young boy

    This book is an excellent book about the survival of a young boy who discovers that the world is about to end. I liked reading this book mostly because of the many unexpected turns which added much to the story. While this book is a very good experience there are some lessons in it about how humans impact the earth and what they cause. This book is one of a kind and I recommend it for people who like highly intense and humorous stories.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    F

    Incredible book! Great plot,adventure,humor,and everything else it takes to make a great book. I highly recommend!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Read

    I loved it I think you should definitley read it I'm 13 so if your thirteen read it. ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Sasquatch

    It is a sasquatch book for the year 2013. So if you have to read sasqatch books at your school, read this.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Whatever

    Awesome book,read it!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2014

    The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout This is not

    The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout
    This is not usually a book I would pick up on my own to read. I had to think about this book after I finished it because I wasn't really sure how I felt about the book. This book really stuck with me and I am still thinking about it after a week. It is a mix of The Matrix, Terminator, and The Wizard of Oz and that may seem like a really weird combination the book does have elements of those movies. 
    It takes place after humans are no longer on Earth. Humans got to a point where they could not reproduce and survive in the world they had altered. So what they do is create several Arcs. In these arcs they have frozen people, animals, and plants that will be woken up when the Earth is habitable again. Something attacks the Arc Fisher is in and as the only survivor the robot in charge of the Arc selects a personality profile and awakens him. This book is about Fisher's journey to discover if he is the last human on the Earth or if there are others out there. 
    This was a very fast paced book and kept a pretty steady momentum through the story. I also enjoyed the characters. As Fisher travels he meets different animals and the author paints a world in which nature has taken back the Earth. It was a very interesting look at what could happen if humans are not more concerned with the choices they are making. I think books like this are good for kids to read. It allows them to think about their actions big and small and how they do effect people. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Great

    Alot of books are about survival and future

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    This book is amazing get it

    ILOVEREX22

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Rate and read

    Boy at the end of world

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