The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout (2011)

Fisher became born in a pod filled with bubbling gel. A plastic umbilical cord snaked from his belly. When he opened his eyes, the first thing he saw through the clear lid of the pod was destruction (p 1).

the-boy-at-the-end-of-the-worldFisher wakes from a pod Kyle XY-style in this futuristic dystopia for middle grade readers. Years after humans have destroyed Earth with their experiments, their climate-altering lifestyles, and their excess, Fisher finds a world overgrown with animals, plants and machines evolved. The Ark in which Fisher was grown has been destroyed. He is the only survivor. His only companion is a Robot named Click who activated Fisher’s pod and loaded the fisher’s personality into him.

Then he stumbles upon the reminants of Stragglers. Their writing leads him to a second Ark in the south. Though the journey is fraught with danger, Fisher knows the survival of the human race depends on his finding and possibly awakening other humans.

This is a fast-paced survival adventure with a nice splash of humor (which really works because of the delivery). It never breaks stride and I didn’t loose interest. As Fuse #8 points out, it helps that the book comes in at a concise 212 pages. A good recommend for those who have enjoyed Malice by Wooding or The Maze Runner by Dashner.

Read other reviews: Becky’s Book ReviewBook SmugglersFuse #8, and Kirkus.

Library copy | June 21, 2011 | Bloomsbury USA Childrens | 224 pages | ISBN:978-1599905242 | $16.99

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