July 10, 2012

Tween Tuesday: The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout

3.5 chocolate no bakes.

Cover Love:  It's fine.  Definitely sets a tone.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
It's a middle grade futuristic tale with a boy as the main character.  It is exactly the kind of book I like to read!  Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:

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.
I Kept Reading Because:  I just wanted Fisher to find someone else.

Romance?:  Not that kind of book!

What I Liked:
This world is so depressing.  Actually, the depressing part if that Fisher has no one but a robot and a mammoth as a companion the whole book.  The world of this book is very fascinating.  I love that when Fisher is born his brain is more like a computer than a newborn's brain.  There is a lot that he already knows and that helps him out immensely on his journey. 

The way the author described the evolution of the animals (and machines) since humans had died out is very cool.  Huge parrots!  Gadgets that seek to kill any humans!  And computers that think they are saving humanity by killing them.  Fisher has a lot of things that are after him.

Fisher's drive to survive is very strong although many times I wondered why he even wanted to survive because unless there were other humans, why bother?  He can't repopulate without other humans around to help.  This part made me sad for most of the book.  It's just such a lonely world!

I think I am making this sound much sadder than it really was.  The writing was smooth, there was adventure and there was a happy ending for Fisher. 

I am happy to find this book because dystopian has been dominated by YA books recently.  A good MG dystopian is hard to find!

To Sum Up:  I will be recommending this book for those MG readers (especially boys) who are looking for something different with adventure.

Book from my library collection.

Tween Tuesday is hosted by Sarah, the Green Bean Teen Queen!   Thanks Sarah.

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