My name’s Griz.
I’ve never been to school, I’ve never had friends, 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, before all the people went away, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.
He told stories of the deserted towns and cities beyond our horizons. I liked him – until I woke to find he had stolen my dog. So I chased him out into the ruins of the world.
I just want to get my dog back, but I found more than I ever imagined was possible. More about how the world ended. More about what my family’s real story is. More about what really matters.
I loved this book so much that I read it again yesterday so I could get that melancholy perfect read feeling back in time to write up this review.
At the end of the World, one family, including the indomitable Griz, live peacefully isolated on their island with their dogs. When a sweet talking stranger makes off with one of said dogs, Griz sets off after them…
That is your basic set up but oh boy it’s hard to review without spoilers. This book holds its secrets close, so beautifully written and deeply layered, an apocalyptic road trip and a highly engaging journey of discovery.
Griz is incredible and the world building is clever and perfectly executed to open up around Griz and the reader at the same time. It is an emotional read and a surprising one, edge of seat moments interspersed with quiet contemplation and very human choices – I loved every moment of it and will more than happily read it multiple times.
Hugely worthy of all the hype, A Boy and his Dog at the end of the World is a fascinating, gorgeous reading experience that defies expectations. C A Fletcher has written a corker of a novel one that will linger in the mind and in the spirit.
Plus dogs. What more could you POSSIBLY ask for. Simply stunning.
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