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The Last Wild Boy

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This is a new young adult novel by P.E.I.'s Poet Laureate. It is a dystopic story about Nora who lives in the walled city of Aahimsa, an idyllic community of girls and women working together to make a peaceful life free of the brutality of the outsiders. As the companion of the mayor of Aahimsa's daughter, Alice, she enjoys privileges that other women from the working clas ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Acorn Press (first published March 15th 2014)
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Jennifer Macdonald
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Last Wild Boy" by Hugh MacDonald. Hugh MacDonald's wonderful use of imagery truly brought this dystopic world to life for me. It is definitely a page-turner, keeping a steady pace that kept me from putting it down even once (literally)! The world of Nora is well fleshed out, thoughtful, and introspective. I loved how it speculated about where our civilization is headed and the potential consequences if we continue to respond to each other with hate and war. Maybe women ...more
Jeanette
Dec 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A haunting tale of sacrifice, survival and self-discovery. I enjoyed reading how the characters struggled with their decisions, their sense of identity and how it related to the world around them as it changed before their eyes. How all these decisions stemmed from what they had been indoctrinated with up to that point in their lives within a fairly regimented social system that favours women ('insiders') and relegates men ('outsiders') to a very limited subservient role.

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