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The Boy at the End of the World
     

The Boy at the End of the World

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by Greg Van Eekhout
 

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This is what he knew:


His name was Fisher.


The world was dangerous.


And he was alone.


Fisher is the last boy on Earth - and things are not looking good for the human race. The carefully crafted survival dome where Fisher and dozens of other humans have been sleeping for millenia has been

Overview

This is what he knew:


His name was Fisher.


The world was dangerous.


And he was alone.


Fisher is the last boy on Earth - and things are not looking good for the human race. The carefully crafted survival dome where Fisher and dozens of other humans have been sleeping for millenia has been destroyed. Through a lucky accident, only Fisher survived.


The world Fisher wakes up in is a lot like ours - but it's changed, too. After the human race wiped itself out, nature took over, and wild creatures evolved into barely familiar beasts. Fisher must face them all as they set off on a journey that seems hopeless - at first. Then Fisher uncovers evidence that there may be a second survival dome far to the west. What was once a struggle for one boy's survival becomes a journey of hope.


With a broken robot and a friendly mammoth as his only companions, Fisher heads West. But something is watching them... something that wants to find the second survival dome just as badly as they do.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599907109
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
381,406
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Greg van Eekhout's first middle grade novel was Kid vs. Squid; his adult fantasy novel based on Nordic mythology - NORSE CODE - was published by Bantam.
Pronounciation guide: "emphasis on the EEK. The HOUT part rhymes with OUT, as in, 'Hey, I'm going OUT for some guacamole.'"
Greg van Eekhout is the author of the adult fantasy Norse Code.  This is his first book for children.  He lives in San Diego, CA. www.writingandsnacks.com

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The Boy at the End of the World 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Incredible book! Great plot,adventure,humor,and everything else it takes to make a great book. I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it I think you should definitley read it I'm 13 so if your thirteen read it. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a amasing book the author did a fantastic job but i wish the he would finish the ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear Readers,this is an amazing book for teens
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. I could envision the main characters journey all the way. I think he showed perseverance in his journey to find other humans.
poetryfreak38 More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a sasquatch book for the year 2013. So if you have to read sasqatch books at your school, read this.
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Awesome book,read it!!!!!!!!!!
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Alot of books are about survival and future
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