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The Last Book in the Universe

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After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Turtleback Books (first published November 1st 2000)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Last Book In The Universe, Rodman Philbrick
عنوانها: آخرین کتاب جهان؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفدهم ماه مارس سال 2014 میلادی
عنوان: آخرین کتاب جهان؛ نویسنده: رادمن فیلبریک؛ مترجم: سمیه کرمی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1390، در 198 ص؛ شابک: 9786001820137؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
نمیدانم اساتید باید بگویند که در عنوان اصلی کتاب این «یونیورس» را باید کیهان یا کائنات بنامیم، یا همان: جهان، دنیا، گیتی، عالم؛ دهر و ...؛ تا پیش از خوانش کتاب از خیالم این بگذشت که جهان لابد همان برگردان «ورلد» باش
Jul 16, 2015 Sawsan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتب هي ذاكرة العالم, هي الصلة التي تربط بين الناس وبين أحداث الماضي وتاريخ الانسانية
بعد أن دمر الزلزال الكبير العالم انقسم إلى جزئين, عالم يعيش فيه الناس في رفاهية وبتكنولوجيا فائقة, والآخر يسوده الخراب والدمار والصراع بين الناس
وتبدأ رحلة مليئة بالصعوبات بين هذين العالمين يقوم بها بطل الرواية بصحبة العجوز رايتر
تفاصيل الشخصيات جميلة, وخاصةً رايتر الذي يسجل في كتاب كل ما في ذاكرته من مشاهدات ومعلومات عن الحياة والأدب والحضارة في الماضي, ورغم انه لم يعد أحد يقرأ الكتب أو حتى يتذكرها, لكنه مصمم
Sep 24, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ANOTHER NEW FAVE! It starts out pretty slowly, but the ending is remarkable. Another book that shows how sad the world would be without books. Indulges the passion for books.
Nov 01, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Good science fiction introduction for adolescents, but stealing too many ideas from other authors to be a worthwhile read for more experienced readers. Atwood, Bradbury, Orwell and Co. just do it a lot better!
It is a nice idea to have the protagonist carry the last book in his head as a story to be told later, when people appreciate books again, but it is far too close to the ending scene of Fahrenheit 451, in which all refugees wander around reciting lost books to themselves. The genetically im
Aug 19, 2008 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen-age boys, kids with epilepsy
We listened to this as a family on a trip to Lake Powell, and we all liked it a lot. It first grabbed and held our attention because the hero is epileptic, as is one of our sons. How often does epilepsy play a part in saving the world? It does in this book :-) Thank goodness for authors who can incorporate teens illnesses into stories in a positive light without preaching. That bit of the story may mean nothing to most readers, but it was a nice boost for our family.

The reader was that same guy
Dec 03, 2007 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who like postapocalyptic tales if they understand them
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Ms. Kamerow
Philbrick has written a decent addition to the utopia/dystopia genre. The best parts of this book are the fast pace and the surprising ending. Philbrick's dystopian world also has some compelling aspects. For this book to get four or five stars, I would want to see better description. In general, I think the writer could have added more depth to the characters. I would recommend this book to fifth and sixth grade readers who enjoy the utopia/dystopia genre.
Jun 12, 2013 Batul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
بسیار از خوندن این کتاب لذت بردم و بعد از مدتی توانستم کتابی پیدا کنم که به سختی زمین بگذارمش... از اوایل کتاب که ماجرای اصلی آغاز می شود، تا درست انتهای آن مدام باید منتظر یک اتفاق تازه بود و این یعنی هیجان.
البته من کلا آثاری که مربوط به آینده و در واقع آخرالزمانی باشد را می پسندم و این هم یک نمونه ی خوب از آنها بود.
L12_luisespinoza Espinoza
This is a captivating futuristic novel where it's author, Rodman Philbrick, does a masterful job of engaging the reader through its characters and plot. "If you're reading this, it must be a thousand years from now. Because nobody around here reads anymore. Why bother, when you can just probe it?" From these very first sentences of the book, the reader is pulled in to this fascinating story.

The story tells of a journey taken by Spaz in a post-apocalyptic world (as a result of "the big shake", or
Feb 23, 2010 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Kalo ditanya sejak kapan suka science fiction-kind-of books? I'll say sejak baca bukunya Scott Westerfeld yg judulnya Uglies. Tadinya kurang begitu suka dengan ide membaca buku science fiction, secara yang ada dalam pikiran adalah cerita yang mengada-ada, dan menggunakan bahasa scitific yang aneh dan njlimet. Tapi surprisingly, I like them. And I like this book a lot.

Setting cerita adalah di masa depan. Jauhhhh setelah terjadi gempa yang menghancurkan seluruh dunia dan hanya beberapa hal dari ma
Mar 05, 2009 Art rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Reading and path we will take if we stop reading.
Recommended to Art by: I wanted to read more Philbricks books
Think of Farenheit 451, 1984, Alas Babylon & Z is for Zachariah.
Mr. Philbrick quotes various authors throughout this story w/a surprise ending.
I found it interesting of his description of the near future when no one reads.
hope mohammed
من اجمل الكتب التي قراتها على الاطلاق تتحدث عن الكتاب الاخير الذي يدونه البطل سماغ والذي يعيش في عالم انقسم ع نفسه نتيجة سياسات مدمرة .. قراتها متعبه وممتعه صعبه الا يتعلق قلبك بما يحدث وبما لا تتمنى ان يحدث ..
اعتب عليها قلة صفحاتها .. واتمنى حقا ان يتغير العالم للافضل والا ينتكس هكذا
Aug 15, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs an excellent read
The world has turned upside down... and books are a thing of the past. Mind probes are in and people spend their days with needles implanted in their brains to experience a story as if they are indeed in the story.The glitch? Mind needles force people to forget thing, IMPORTANT things, like history, the cure for cancer(which has been both created and forgotten by this time) and the idea of what true emotions are. But hey almost everyone's doing it. Everyone except an epileptic boy named Spaz and ...more
Lisa Rathbun
I really enjoyed this story of a grim futuristic world sharply divided between the "normals" in Urb and the "proovs" in Eden. Lots of comparisons could be made here - for example with "The Giver" especially in the aspect of old man/mentor passing on knowledge to a younger man. The story was violent but did not use bad language. Speaking of language, do not let the strange vocabulary in the first chapter throw you off. The slang words help make this universe convincing. The words are consistent t ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Hava rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage boys who love sci-fi
Such an interesting premise - a future without books. A future where everything you want to think or dream about is shot into your brain with a needle. When I first heard the idea behind this book, I was intrigued. I checked it out and read it that same day (it's a really easy read and I sped through it at lightning speed).

However, the book did not live up to its premise, at least to me. It was okay, and I can see how others would enjoy it more, but to me, it just wasn't my cup of tea. There was
May 06, 2015 Willa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Adamaris Jauregui
This book was about a boy whose name was Spaz Boy but they call him that since he has no mom or dad.He was adopted and lived with a nice family with a really nice sister but soon they kicked him out of their home. He had to go live in the Urb where he had to steal and do many bad things to bring and suit a guy named Billy Bizmo who. While Spaz was ripping off people he found two amazing friends Ryter and Little Face. These two amazing friends help Spaz save his sister's life(Bean) and they went ...more
I was twice recommended this book by students and finally decided I had time to squeeze it in to the reading queue. It's a bit like other dystopian teen books, only it's shorter and written for a slightly younger crowd. It uses its own lingo which is pretty easy to figure out... To kill someone is to cancel them. An old person is a gummy. The Big Shake seems to be an earthquake that changed the world and led to things as they are at least where Spaz lives. Spaz is a boy who is also our protagoni ...more
Nov 24, 2008 Andres rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This book struck me as an interesting book. It takes place 200 years after the "shake." It was this huge earthquake that apparently was world wide and destroyed if not everything the most important thing on earth, a pipe with the width of a football field and the length around the world that held all of the earths water supply. The shake killed a lot of the population. So what it really did was mess up the earth and man-kind is struggling for it's survival. Over time man-kind forgot reading and ...more
May 13, 2015 Julianmontes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is an amazing book for so many reasons but one of the things that I like the most about it is the adventurous aspect that the author puts in to the book so well. Another thing I like is how well the world after the big shake is described and how it changes every part of the book. I also like how heroic and brave Spaz is in the book even though he doesn't know it. Spaz is also respectable for his determination and the importance of his sister bean to him. The addition of Ryter was ve ...more
Jesus Madrigal
May 14, 2015 Jesus Madrigal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yuliana Gallardo
I liked this book because it was so intense it felt like I was all the characters in one book. I also liked how they showed really specifically how they felt. I recommend this book to someone who likes adventure stuff because they go to lots of adventures and meet new people like the proov girl Lanaya. It was about a Spaz Boy who lived with a family but wasn't his real family and they had a little girl named Bean spaz really liked her as a sister even though they didn't have the same blood he st ...more
Giovanni Zuniga
May 14, 2015 Giovanni Zuniga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Andrea Medina
Feb 29, 2016 Andrea Medina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. It's about these proovs and normals and how they face consequences in their life and break laws and rules just to save a girl and they get eliminated. They also try to make a book out of their life but it all goes wrong in the end. I like the part when he reveals who he's from in the ending. I would recommend it to people that like things with strange characters and with computers controlling the characters in the story.
Angelica Garcia
May 14, 2015 Angelica Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Flavia Tepozotlan Styles
I thought it was amazing how he was expressing his thoughts and feelings through out the whole story.I also loved the ending and how unexpected things happened.The suspence creation was well planned and great plot the story had.The adventure the book takes you to is fantastic because it makes you feel like you are actually living it with them.
مشخص است که پیرمرد دیوانه شده است ولی دلم نمی آید این را به او بگویم. اما می دانم قهرمان واقعی این سفر کیست و آن شخص من یا حتا لانایای شجاع نیست. آن شخص، پیرمرد ریش سفیدی ست که عصای پیاده روی به دست دارد و قلبی بسیار بزرگ. قلب بزرگش نمی گذارد این فکر را کنار بگذارد که می شود دنیا را با نوشتنِ_ کتاب تغییر داد، کتابی که هرگز کسی آن را نخواهد خواند!!
carter Edwards
May 13, 2015 carter Edwards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book because it was full of adventure and action. I loved the parts when they were running through the latches and had to fight all the way through just to get to the next latch when they had to do the same thing again. I would recommend this book to people who like adventure, action, and fighting.
Natalie Tobar
Feb 29, 2016 Natalie Tobar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, it was really fun to read. It is about a boy named spaz that has an ill little sister so he has been taken to like another world called Eden so thatś where he spent most of his time in. I would recommend this book to people around 5th or 6th grade.
Britta Jensen
Apr 15, 2014 Britta Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my students remarked that this is the best book ever written. He called it perfect. I have to agree with him. This book will change your life!
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Rodman Philbrick grew up on the New England coast, where he worked as a longshoreman and boat builder. For many years he wrote mysteries and detective novels. The Private Eye Writers of America nominated two of his T.D.Stash series as best detective novel and then selected Philbrick's 'Brothers & Sinners' as Best Novel in 1993. Writing under th
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“Bean finds the best apple in our tree and hands it up to me. "You know what this tastes like when you first bite into it?" she asks.
"No, what?"
"Blue sky."
"You're zoomed."
"You ever eat blue sky?"
"No," I admit.
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