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The Boy at the End of the World

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  695 ratings  ·  176 reviews
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 i
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Rachel Hartman
Edited to add: Ok, you know what? I'm giving this another star. Because here we are, a month later, and my son is STILL playing "Ark Designer". He's reading books on engineering and robotics and genetics (and lecturing me on same. *sigh*). He's building Arks out of Lego and drawing pictures of them. He even occasionally jokes, "Hello! I'm going to kill you now! Hello!" (that makes sense if you've read the book).

C'mon, kid. Admit it already: this book rocked your world and changed your life.

For all that dystopias are now the #1 hot genre amongst children and teens (having supplanted vampires for the moment) I’ve yet to have a kid actually ask me for one. It wouldn’t take much. If even one ten-year-old walked up to my reference desk in the library and said, “I want a book set in the future” I’d be satisfied that this is a genre with staying power. Kids don’t ask for that kind of thing, though. They’ll specify mermaids or vampires or mysteries or ghost stories, but never future stuff ...more
The story of Fisher, a boy whose "Ark" has been destroyed causing him to become born without the rest of his community. The world has evolved while Fisher was sleeping and one thousand years have passed. Lots of things have changed, including the machines that kept him alive in the Ark. Something has attacked his Ark and killed all the other humans and creatures that were in stasis. Fisher manages to escape with a custodian robot who he names Click. Click has been programmed to do everything in ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Anna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
For the most part, The Boy At The End Of The World is a quiet tale, the story of one boy trying to make his way through a hostile environment in the hopes that he isn't the last of his kind. While he runs into various animals, the dialogue is between himself and his overprotective robot, who he names Click. This is not a book driven forward on inter-character connections. Instead, we have Fisher's desperately working not to be the end of his species, and underneath that there's a bit of mystery ...more

this was a very unsettling book, of survival in a post apocalyptic wasteland, with a clueless and amusing yet touching robot and a couple of surprisingly anthropomorphic animal companions... darkly humorous, and occasionally horrific...

I may have nightmares about the Two melded species encountered in the river...

4.5 stars! thanks Deb!
Wowiee! Pretty hard-core science fiction for a kid's book. Very exciting. Fisher's existence really does feel lonely and desolate, and his struggle to survive seems pretty accurate (he is hungry and miserable most of the time). Click is a pretty genius foil/supporting character, kind of in the mold of C-3PO but less whiny. And the super-evolved animals made things even more interesting (though the talking prairie dogs seemed a little too easy and dangerously Jar-Jar-ian in their syntax). Some hi ...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Fisher was "born" when a defective robot triggered the pod right before the entire Ark was destroyed. Fisher was the only biological being to survive. Fisher knows his name, how to talk and one hundred ways to catch fish. Fisher also knows that unless he finds more people, the human race will end with him.

So Fisher sets off in search of other Arks accompanied by his defective robot protector Click and a friendly baby woolly mammoth that Fisher dubs Protein just in case h
I absolutely loved this book. It's so hard to find a book to recommend to a middle school boy. Well this is it! It has everything, adventure, hilarity, thought provoking circumstances. Gosh darn it, it made me think about what I would do in Fisher's situation.

I'm not going to go into the specifics of the story, but I am going to say the characters were fantastic. The originality and voice of each character was superb. I know i'm gushing incoherently, but it is rare for me to find a middle grade
I liked the concept of this book, and I liked a lot of the ideas contained in the story as well as their general execution. But the ending fell apart in my opinion. I was leaning toward a 4 star rating until I reached the end. Some of the scenes and descriptions were a little shallow, but given the target audience, I could see this book ballooning out another 200 pages to satisfy my adult expectations of depth. Some of the narrative and dialogue were forced in an attempt to explain lessons learn ...more
The Boy at the End of the World is a fascinating book about, the last surviving human! He has to face harsh weather conditions, predators, starvation. He makes an unlikely friendship
with a robot and a wooly mammoth, yes, a prehistoric creature. Earth has changed and all animals either evolved or died, He needs to get to a certain location if he wants to survive and possibly continue the human race. This is his ultimate goal, his reason to live, why he keeps on living. He is the humans last chanc
The Boy at the End of the World this book is the best book i have ever read the boy is trying to survive once he is born from a contaner filled with bubble like gel he is startled by a robot that he thought was going to kill him this book is a science fiction i recamend this book to mrs. hunter because i think she will read it and love it gust like i am right now
Cathy Blackler
Greg van Eekhout has created a non-stop ride, with elements of The City of Ember Series as well as the Gregor the Overlander series. Readers will cheer, mourn, and hold their breath as Fisher, the boy at the end of the world, uses wit, instincts, and the loyalty of an unlikely group of friends to save the planet. Secondary characters were strong and played integral roles in Fisher's story. A sure hit with 4-6 grade lovers of dystopia, or those wishing to nibble on the genre.
I read this book after it was required summer reading for the 6th grade son.

I beginning is awful. If you can get through the first 80 pages or so, it does get somewhat better, but never really accomplishes what it could be.

Be prepared to be lectured about how humans are bad and have destroyed the Earth. Also leading to this quote on page 88 "Earth was not put her for humanity. It was not created for us....But it will do so without us."

It is very much a lecture on how we are destroying the envir
Douglas Cootey
I had a hard time finishing this book. It was message fiction. I've read many books with different opinions and ideologies than my own with nary a problem. I enjoy being exposed to new ways of thinking through the characters. This book, however, was preachy since exposition and narration were used to convey the message.

If your ideological leaning is pro-environmental, anti-consumerism, then you may find this book illuminating, prophetic & relevant. I am sure the author simply accepted the t

The most fun book I've read in quite a while. The book has serious things to say about evolution, ecology, and humanity-- but those messages never get in the way of this zippy, witty adventure, with a real hero you cheer for. My full review is here.
A boy named Fisher wakes up—"becomes born"—and discovers he is the last human being on the planet, so, no pressure, but it's his responsibility to repopulate and ensure the survival of the species. Here, all he has to help him is a malfunctioning robot he names Click. Because it clicks. He's not very good with names.

Greg van Eekhout pulls off a neat trick with The Boy at the End of the World, which is to stay completely and entirely in the POV of a character to whom our civilization is utterly f
Crete Public Library District
Review by Miss April (Youth Services) Through humor and heart, van Eekhout has created a futuristic world that has been destroyed through environmental disasters. You wouldn’t think that one could find humor in disasters, but van Eekhout manages to make you smile in the banter between characters. The story begins after the destruction of the earth, where an Ark has been filled with humans and animals, then buried deep in the earth. The humans and animals have been placed in pods to sleep until t ...more
This book was very well written. In fact it is my favorite book of all time. In the book Fisher is the last human on Earth until he meets Click an assigned robot to protect him on his journey to find the girl in the South Ark (the birth place of all remaining humans) There is a South Ark and Fisher's Ark. Along his way to the South Ark Fisher finds a pygmy woolly mammoth who is very smart and Fisher names him Protein. My favorite character in this book is Protein because when I read the book I ...more
Kayla Loewen
I had high expectations for this book,and it just didn't live up to them. The whole thing just felt flat. However,I did enjoy the ending, and felt genuinely sad when Click was destroyed, so I'd rate this 3.5 stars.
A fun but not fabulous read. This was light and easy, engaging enough for older children, simple enough in both story and style for elementary schoolers (maybe not first grade, but certainly by fifth). The underlying ideas of environmental protection and the potential for the misuse of technology are obvious but not heavy-handed; they become effective and necessary plot points, rather than sermons.
The Intelligence as an antagonist was absolutely haunting, by far the best of the threats faced by
Rating: 3.5

A good (although short) book, could've been better though. Definitely looking forward to the sequel (of which I'm pretty sure there will be)! Also needs a more YA-ish cover.
Eric L.
This is a good book for those who like adventure genre and a great thriller.
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Stacey M Pena
The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout
This is not usually a book I would pick up on my own to read. I had to think about this book after I finished it because I wasn't really sure how I felt about the book. This book really stuck with me and I am still thinking about it after a week. It is a mix of The Matrix, Terminator, and The Wizard of Oz and that may seem like a really weird combination the book does have elements of those movies.
It takes place after humans are no longer on Ea
Christina Valdez
The Boy at the End of the World: by Greg Van Eekhout

Fisher thinks he's the last human on Earth and as he struggles to survive in the world. Along the way, he meets Click, the broken robot, Protein, the mammoth, and other friends on his quest to find another human like him.

Genre: Fantasy

I liked this book because there is a lot of adventure and the ending starts off another story. I recommend this book to children who like aliens and/or wonder what it might be like if humans were extinct.
This is a tale of survival, trust and friendship. It is also an "what if" situation. Imagine the movie "The Running Man" (yes I'm probably dating myself) but with the enemies being self-evolving single-minded AI(s) bent on destroying all forms of life except for the vegetation. And the running man is in fact a tween boy, born in a life pod on an Ark.

So, you follow Fisher along as he learns self preservation, the hard way because Earth after human extinction is dominated by a large number of pred
Deb Tyo
“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
This book was a pleasant surprise. When Fisher is "born" or released from the gel pod that has kept him alive while civilization has been completely destroyed, he knows his name, that the world is a dangerous place, and that his alone. This is not a good beginning. Fortunately, Fisher does find friends in a maintenance robot that survived the attack on Fisher's "Ark" when the world was destroyed and a miniature Wooly Mammoth he names "Protein." This unlikely crew sets out across the wasteland th ...more
Fisher became born as his Ark was being destroyed around him. All he had was a spear he had made and his profanity. Click, a maintenance robot, followed him and saved him from a rat intent on making a meal of him. Fisher knew that he had to find another Ark as he could not survive alone. As he journeyed west, he happened upon Protein, a juvenile pygmy mammoth who joined the company of adventurers. Along the way, they are assailed by giant parrots, piranha-crocs, and the Intelligence who has solv ...more

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Fisher--awakens in the pod he's been grown in. The pod is inside an Ark, built to hold the last humans as well as other species, until the Earth has healed enough from its mostly human-caused deprivations to support life again. The Ark has just been attacked, however, and Fisher is the sole survivor, save for a somewhat-damaged caretaker robot who managed to imprint the boy with the "Fisher" personality just before the attack. The imprint gives him not only his name, but als
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Greg van Eekhout writes books for kids and adults. He enjoys eating little tacos, walking along the beach, and practicing kung fu. About the kung fu: He's let himself get a bit slovenly, quite frankly, so please do not challenge him to a fight. He cries easily. He's a weeper. He lives in San Diego.
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