About this book…
Follow Griz on an adventure through a wild, abandoned world.
It was my birthday last month and my lovely Mother-In-Law sent me a Scottish Tenner like she does every year. As I was about to go on holiday, I decided to buy a new book with it. Now my holiday reading list had been ready for a few weeks (I’m rather fussy about having it all planned in advance!) but after seeing some reviews of this book I decided to make it a last minute addition to the pile! And what a decision that was!! This isn’t my usual genre of book but then again my top read last year was by the same publisher (Orbit Books which published the bloody brilliant Someone Like Me by M.R. Carey) so I think my tastes are evolving in my old age! Because THIS BOOK is one of the best books that I HAVE EVER READ and is a VERY serious contender for my book of 2019! Honestly, I was completely BEREFT when I finished it and had one of the most lingering book hangovers that I have EVER HAD!! (Regular readers of my reviews will already have gathered this from the amount of capital letters and explanation marks I have liberally showered my review with!!)
In fact, I was supposed to be on a complete social media and blog break whilst away but I just had to share my initial thoughts and post on Twitter that everyone had to read this book!
Well, now is the time for the words to come but really I think I said it all in this Facebook post because the amount of people who said they had bought the book just on the strength of this post was unbelievable!
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is a book that grabs you from the very first page. I was intrigued to know how Griz ending up living in an island of the coast of Scotland in a world that was unrecognisable to me. What had happened to the population and why? This is touched upon but really this is just the story of a boy and his dog and the lengths that we go to for our dearest, most trusted companions. It is an apocalyptic odyssey about family, set in a dangerous world that’s very far removed from the one that we understand or is it? It’s a constant struggle for survival and the journey that Griz takes is heartbreaking but also heartwarming at the same time! We recognise places and things that are commonplace in our world but that have now become an oddity in this survivors lifestyle. There’s an innocence to Griz that contrasts with the world that exists away from the safety of the family island and the way in which this is explored evoked many emotions in me. It’s just such a sumptuous book from start to finish! It is beautifully written with unexpected twists (no I didn’t see them coming!) that felt so organically evolved they made me cry! And I just loved the way the narrative presented them. In fact as soon as I finished the last sentence, I wanted to go back to the start and read it all over again.
Charmingly told by a character that you will struggle to get out of your head, A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is a triumph of originality. And just writing this review has once again stirred those emotions I felt whilst reading it. Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT!!
Very highly recommended by me!
Meet the author…
C. A. Fletcher has children and dogs. He lives in Scotland and writes for a living.