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The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout
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Apr 04, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 04 to 10, 2012

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 that was once America to see if there are any humans left anywhere. Along the way, Fisher and his friends survive many life-threatening adventures and find that not everyone or everything has the same ideas about staying alive. This novel is a page turner and Fisher is bound and determined NOT to "fail to survive." There is plenty of action, great friendships, strange and exotic creatures, and even a strong "girl" character. There are also several warnings about taking care of our planet and not being so eager to use up all our resources, but the author is careful not to lecture. Something for everyone. Recommended for middle school.

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