The Boy at the End of the World
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The Boy at the End of the World

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  467 ratings  ·  146 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...more
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.

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
Full review at the Intergalactic Academy.

Greg van Eekhout’s The Boy at the End of the World exists in a crowded market of post-apocalyptic disaster stories. Though writing for a middle grade audience, he joins authors like Mike Mullin, Suzanne Collins, and Ally Condie in addressing what the world might be like after our own is destroyed. Like Mike Mullin’s Ashfall, this story is primarily a road novel. Fisher, an adolescent of an indeterminate age, is awoken in a pod long after the world ends b...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
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

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...more
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...more
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.
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...more

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.
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
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.
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...more
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
Chris Murray

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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...more
Fisher becomes born by accident. His body was in a pod, already aged to about 12 or so, equipped with basic information about the world and a full vocabulary. His first word is a profanity and is used when the Ark where he became born starts to crash down around him as he hurriedly tries to sever his plastic umbilical cord. He is the only survivor. Along with Click, a humanity-helping robot, and a woolly mammoth Fisher names Protein (just in case he gets hungry), he journeys across a post-apocal...more
Really good, although I think that the author tried to be a little too cute in a couple of places. The giant parrots were a cool visual image, other than the fact that they wouldn't actually be able to fly, as described. The other mutated animals seemed to have been thought through a bit better.

My only problem with the book was the premise. Mankind has messed things up bigtime. The world is going under, so humans create a bunch of survival arks, to preserve examples of various species until some...more
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Today's middle grade and young adult markets are overrun with dystopian novels, and it can often feel like if you've read one, you've read them all! I was pleasantly delighted to find that The Boy at the End of the World was refreshingly unique, with a compelling, honest voice, interesting characters, and a dystopian setting that wasn't quite like anything I'd seen before. The book was written in an elegantly simple, easily readable style underlaid with thought...more
We think we're so smart sometimes. In our first world smugness, we have figured out how to move in and out of artificial atmospheres so we don't get too cold or too hot. We assume we're safe. And we assume technology is going to save us. If we have some kind of problem, it's just a matter of time before technology will solve the problem. But for every light side, there is a dark side. What happens when the savior becomes the destroyer. And all the ways we thought we were insuring our safety, end...more
Nov 20, 2011 Kathy added it
Reviewer: JD Burnaman
Fisher was born in pod with bubbling gel, on a mountain with slabs of granite. He finds a Robot who he tries to kill him at first but learns he is a friend. They look around they find a river where Fisher goes fishing and finds a crayfish, roasts him and then it turned into a nice, delicious, fatty, meaty, nuggets of meat. They travel more, talk more, and “Click” tells Fisher about a Ark where he can find more humans. So now they set off for a journey to find the Ark. They...more
Carol Satta
Fisher emerges from his birthing pod, dripping with gel, into a world of destruction. Although he was just born, his instincts tell him to flee as everything burns and crashes around him.

As Fisher explores the Ark where he has been in preservation for many years, he discovers he is the only human survivor. With a robot and a wooly mammoth as his companions, he searches for another Ark and other human survivors.

The whole plot of this book is predicated on the concepts of evolution and environment...more
In a future Earth ruined by human industrialization and scientific experimentation, one boy, Fisher, and his companion robot, must work to navigate a jungle landscape populated by radically evolved creatures and malevolent electronic life forms to not only ensure their own survival, but that of all human kind. Their only hope is to seek out the Southern Ark, a compound (housing humans in suspended animation) designed by the last surviving humans in an attempt to preserve humanity from extinction...more
His name is Fisher. The world is dangerous. And he’s the only one in it. These are the things Fisher knows immediately on waking up, on being born from the survival pod ages after all the other humans have died. The journey to find any other humans will require Fisher to outsmart robots, evade the deadly gadgets, and win over a colony of warrior prairie dogs—all in a world that has been completely destroyed.

Definitely a post-apocalyptic adventure, as all of humanity has been destroyed--and with...more
Eric Juneau
The first chapter sold me on this. Unfortunately, same thing happened with "Norse Code", another Van Eekhout novel. This one wasn't NEARLY as disappointing, but still... my big complaint is that the story is more about survival and full of action, rather than character, cleverness, and intriguing plot. I guess that's just my personal preference.

A boy wakes up as a result of an "Ark" preservation project. Except everything's gone wrong, and he's the only one who survived. And he's got a cute robo...more
Jun 02, 2013 Res rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: sff
The one where a boy named Fisher is the only living creature to emerge from an "ark" designed to restore species to a vastly changed Earth. Part kids' adventure story, part environmental cautionary tale.

Part of my difficulty with this book was that, while the vocabulary was not at all kid-friendly, the sentence structure was, to the point that it almost read like a parody. Another part of my difficulty was that most of the other active forces seemed to exist only to be obstacles or dangers to F...more
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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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