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The Boy at the End of the World

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  827 Ratings  ·  191 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
May 03, 2012 Rachel Hartman rated it really liked it
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.

May 20, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2016 Anna rated it liked it
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
Josh Newhouse
Jun 23, 2012 Josh Newhouse rated it really liked it

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!
May 22, 2011 Daryl rated it it was amazing

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.
Fisher is born with all of the knowledge he needs to survive as the last of humankind. Unfortunately for him, his knowledge was supposed to include the knowledge of the other humans that were supposed to be with him. He is the sole survivor of an attack on his survival dome, he has hope and evidence that there is a second one that hasn't yet been attacked in the West. He, along with a protective robot and a friendly mini-mammoth, must traverse the dangerous land in hope of finding the other huma ...more
Brandy Painter
Aug 17, 2016 Brandy Painter rated it really liked it
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout has languished on my TBR for the longest time. A few weeks ago Sarah Prineas asked on Twitter if I had read it (I can't remember in relation to what). I almost responded, "No, but I plan to get to it someday." I stopped and thought, "Why wait though?" I then put it immediately on hold. I'm very happy I did because it is a wonderful adventure and I'm kicking myself for not having picked i
George W.
Nov 01, 2016 George W. rated it really liked it
The Boy at the End of the World is a novel set in a time after humans are extinct. However, they are not all gone as the main character Fisher originally believes. He goes on an adventure to try and find other life. Along the way, he meets a robot that he calls Click. He also befriends a Pygmy Mammoth. It learns to trust Fisher and accompanies him on his journey. During the quest they meet their final partner which is a prairie dog. They is in search of a second survival bunker to the west (his ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it
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
Daniel El-Hage
Jan 13, 2016 Daniel El-Hage rated it it was amazing
This amazing adventurous story called “The Boy at the End of the World” has been one of the stories that made me see and imagine the real world with details that was being described in the book. Some characters that survived challenges in their journey such as: Fisher, who was the boy in the world after humanity and he starts exploring this new place he has just appeared in…When he saw a big metal surface that in result is a robot he names it Click. The both of them are trying to find an arc, wh ...more
Crete Public Library District
Jul 07, 2014 Crete Public Library District rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Mar 04, 2011 Summer rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 11, 2014 Tristan rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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
Cathy Blackler
Dec 22, 2011 Cathy Blackler rated it really liked it
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.
May 16, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2016 Ayden rated it it was amazing
When a boy named fisher wakes up and every thing is destroyed except a robot that is supposed to help him save the human race they go on an adventure to find out what happened to his spices. When his robot who he named "Click" tells him about the southern ark they go on an adventure to find hope. Wen they get there they meet a robot names the "Intelligence" they find out that he is preserving the humans which means that he put most of the humans in a deep sleep. Fisher and Click don't like it so ...more
Kayla Loewen
Jan 31, 2015 Kayla Loewen rated it liked it
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.
Aug 26, 2012 Matt rated it liked it
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.
Sep 16, 2013 Eric L. rated it liked it
This is a good book for those who like adventure genre and a great thriller.
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
Apr 29, 2013 Chris rated it liked it

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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
Aug 25, 2014 Blake rated it liked it
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
Jun 18, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 30, 2014 Sunil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2014
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
Deb Tyo
Jun 07, 2011 Deb Tyo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
“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
Ashley D--
Mar 24, 2012 Ashley D-- rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-novels
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
Stacey M
Oct 26, 2014 Stacey M rated it really liked it
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
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
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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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