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The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout
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bookshelves: 2011, boy-books, adventure, childrens, dystopian-post-apocalyptic, library, speculative-fiction, middle-grade
Read in September, 2011

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 it much of the earth. Luckily (I guess) the humans knew they were on their way out, and preserved samples of most existing animals (including humans) in suspended animation tanks on giant arks, with robotic "custodians" and guards to keep them safe. However, those safeguards are all failing and Fisher's ark is destroyed, and his only hope for survival is in finding another ark with other people. It's mostly an adventure story--lots of battles and scrapes and that sort of thing as Fisher navigates across the former United States--but it's an adventure through a post-apocalyptic world that has reinvented itself to be nearly unrecognizable--boundaries have changed, earthquakes have altered the topography, the Mississippi river is a hundred miles shorter than it used to be.

Won't hold the interest of high school readers, but a great choice for upper-elementary and middle schoolers looking to get on the Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic Bandwagons.
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