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The Last

(Endling #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,157 ratings  ·  610 reviews
Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra.

After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes
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Hardcover, 383 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by HarperCollins
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Kiera If there isn't, I might loose my mind. But based on how the second one ended, I would think so.
Abby There is two available but Katherine Applegate is making a third, so who knows? I’m guess the third will be the last.

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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
My thanks to Penguin Random House Children’s UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this book.

This is the first of a fantasy adventure series, the Endling series, (I’m not sure how many books it has). Byx, our ‘heroine’ is a dairne, a dog-like creature who has opposable thumbs, can walk on two legs, and can speak. Their most valuable characteristic is their ability to tell when anyone (human or otherwise) is lying. Byx is the runt of her small pack, who themselves are the last few of the dairnes
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Holly McGhee
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
my 12 year old son couldn't put this down. Carried it with him all around NYC yesterday, nose in the book, despite no mittens.
Helen Power
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review appeared first on https://powerlibrarian.wordpress.com/

What a book! I was a HUGE fan of the Animorphs book series, so when I saw this book on the shelf at OLA, I just knew I had to pick it up. I typically don’t review middle-grade books, but I might have to reconsider. Bear in mind that my review won’t be discussing how appropriate this story is to a younger audience, but focusing on the sheer brilliance of the plot and its characters.

I bet you can tell that I loved this book just fr
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Connor
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kirsti
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I randomly picked this off the shelf today simply because the cover was intriguing; why is that dog standing on such a strange angle, and whatever the cute bunny thing is I wanted to know. What I found in the pages was a rich fantasy novel that was actually marketed to kids but I felt was more like YA in places. It had interesting characters, and some really epic world building. The characters are what makes this book; it has a surprising heart that I felt immediately drawn to. I think I will ac ...more
Dotty
When I stop reading a book to find paper to copy a quote, I know a book has grabbed me. But rarely does that happen for me when reading fantasy. I'm not a fantasy fan, but I'm a fan of Katherine Applegate so reading her latest book was a no brainer. These quotes grabbed my heart and mind:

Byx's Mother: "It's never wrong to hope, Byx. Unless the truth says otherwise."

p. 167: ...I recalled my father's words: to rush is not necessarily to arrive."

p. 176: "It's humans who hate your kind," Gambler sai
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Marzie
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-edelweiss
4.5 Stars

This is an engaging read. The Last, which is actually the first in the Endling series is a book targeted to middle-grade readers. It should appeal to children who have loved anthropomorphic fantasies along the lines of the Redwall series. Applegate gives us an appealing protagonist in Byx, member of a sentient species called the dairne, who have a dog-like appearance but walk upright like humans. Set in the world of Nedarra, war ravages Byx's world as humans try to conquer the other sen
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Leonard Kim
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Applegate is a good writer and I thought this was good. I am giving 3 stars rather than 4 because, in the end, I am genuinely on the fence as to whether I will read the next book in the series when it comes out. For all its strengths, this struck me as a pretty conventional fantasy that I think fans of the genre will find fine, but I don't think the book transcends the genre.
Theresa Grissom
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Applegate is such a wonderful writer. Having loved Ivan and Wishtree, I was super excited to get my hands on The Last Endling. Such a beautiful story! I absolutely loved the characters! Non-stop action will make this popular with students. It will be torture to wait for the sequel.
Mary
With rich world building and a fast paced narrative that will leave readers breathless, the first book in the Endling series will leave readers clamoring for more -- immediately! Similar to Lloyd Alexander in plot and characterization, Applegate has used the best literary devices of the heroes' quest to create a story that feels both new and familiar. A beautiful tale of honor, betrayal, friendship, self-sacrifice, and the reminder that family is important and that it comes in all forms and size ...more
Josiah
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was pretty speechless at the end of this book. It was probably one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down! I have no idea how I’m going to be able to wait for book 2. Byx, the last of her pack after they are killed by humans has to survive. Along the way she makes friends that we as readers grow to love throughout the book. Applegate really scored with this one and I wouldn’t be surprised if this got an award. Seriously- get this book as soon as you see it! It won’t d ...more
Skip
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Byx may be the last member of her race, the Dairnes. They look like dogs, but walk upright: they can speak and think and become threatened by humans because of their innate ability to tell when someone is lying. Out wandering around one morning, Byx saves the life of a wobbyk (named Tobble) in a daring rescue, making the tiny Tobble indebted to her (to save Byx's life three times.) Shortly thereafter, a human girl (Khara), masquerading as a boy, captures Byx, saving her from the deadly fate of h ...more
Ulises Estrada
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This is the first book that someone recommended me to read on Goodreads and it was also my first fantasy book that I read in English, so although some parts were a bit difficult to understand, for me, it was very much worth it, because the way that Aplegatte presents us with this world that it has created as well as all its characters, each one more different than the other in appearance, but all young and brave in their own way.
Another book classified for children, but that anyone would enjoy r
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Sarah
I will read anything that Katherine Applegate writes! Her writing is so versatile and accessible for readers, young and old. This is the fourth book I've read by her, and it most certainly won't be the last.

The Last is the story of a young dairne (a dog-like anthropomorphic character) named Byx, who is thrust into an unplanned journey and a fight for survival. Along the way, she finds herself in the company of some unlikely creatures - a wobbyk, a felivet, and a young human - who join her in her
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Jenny Ashby
May 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Most of Applegate's books leave me feeling warm and fuzzy, often in tears, so it was with great excitement that I pushed everything else on my "to read" list aside on the day this arrived at the house. But here we are way too many days later (a bad sign right off the bat) and I'm neither warm nor fuzzy. The Last just didn't grab me at all. About halfway through I pictured my review being "eh." By the end of the book I just wanted to be done with it. I have little patience for books where much of ...more
BookNightOwl
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I want to say that I heard the audiobook but kind of wished that I would have read the physical copy better. I think I would have enjoyed it better since I heard they include pictures in there. I picked this up because i loved the one and only Ivan and Crenshaw. I loved the characters in this book and i enjoyed the story. I will probably continue with this series but in physical form.
4☆☆☆☆
Ms. Yingling
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus
Did not meet the needs of my collection at this time.
Suzanne Maley
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well constructed fantasy world that is different than most. Though I thought of Brandon Mull’s Five Kingdoms series with the islands at the end of the book. Believable fantasy characters. There is a dark undertone to the story but knowing that this is the first book gives the reader hope when the character’s situation seems hopeless. Looking forward to the next book.
Kayla Marie
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Applegate wrote books that defined my childhood, books that rank among my favorite to this day. So, be warned that my opinion comes with a strong positive bias.

What I love about Applegate's writing is how she knows her audience, and she doesn't shy away from them. Her writing voice is simple and straight-forward; she uses simple words and short paragraphs that are easy to follow and comprehend. From my experience, she tends to focus on YA and MG books, with an audience targeting middle
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Abby Johnson
Byx is the last of her kind, the dairnes have been hunted to near extinction and she barely managed to escape the humans' latest attempt with her life. Now she's alone, an endling, but she has a faint hope that there might be another group of dairnes to the north. So together with some unlikely friends - a human Khara and a tiny wobbyk Tobble - she starts the perilous journey to see if there are any of her kind left in the world.

I suspect fans of animal fantasy like Warriors, etc. will really b
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Patrick
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to get KA new novel. Wishtree, Ivan, and Crenshaw are three of my favorites. While not the biggest fan of animal fantasy, I did enjoy this story. The names, species, and locations were not always easy to understand. I can see middle grade readers enjoying this fantasy world that KA created. First in a series.
Steven Gong
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a lesson in this book: Some poeple don't appear to be bad, but sometimes they are actually just pretending.This book attracted me a lot by making me wonder: Why is that dog standing like a normal human and has thumbs, instead of paws.I just knew that I had to read it. It also gives me a perfect example of what and how people are interfering with nature.
Alex
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Madeline_M_706
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think it was a very good book, and should get an honor (at least).
Lily
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Do you think so little of humans?"

"I don't think too little," said Gambler. "I know too much."


I’ve always liked the CS Lewis quote, that a children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest. And while I’ve happily re-read some favorite books from my own childhood, I haven’t found many recent middle-grade/YA books that appeal to me as much. However, Katherine Applegate has turned out to be one of my favorite discoveries in that realm from the la
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Christine
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Katherine Applegate! Wishtree, Crenshaw, and The One and Only Ivan are among some of my favorite books.

Byx is the last of her kind, the dairnes have been hunted to near extinction and she alone survived the massacre of her beloved family. Now she's an endling but - there are legends that more of her kind may be somewhere in the North. With the help of her new friends she starts the perilous journey north but meets danger and betrayal along the way.

I can name quite a few fans of the W
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3.5 stars
I would say you can't really go wrong with middle grade stories because they are so magical without any unnecessary complications which makes them light and mostly enjoyable
The story is about a magical world where there are several species who rule the world, Byx our main character is a Dairen a dog like creatures who can walk and talk like human .. one day she returns home just to find out everyone in her tribe is dead and she is the only one left of her species .. an Endling, so Byx
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Megan (ReadingRover)
This book was amazing. I loved it. Though set in a fantasy world the wiping out of species is so similar to what happens to animals in our world today.
Byx’s journey is a sad one. She is an endling, the last of her species, on a search to find more of her kind based on myths and rumors. The friendship she has with Tobble the loyal wobbyk is adorable. She even makes an unlikely companion out of a fierce and cunning felivet named Gambler who she breaks out of jail. Along with a human girl who is o
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Leah
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This felt slow. I think this is because I was expecting a different story. I thought there would be less violence. There isn't a lot, but there is more than I was expecting. I thought the beginning would have happened before the book began, not during. Also, there is a lot of stopping and starting. It seemed to take a long to time to get where they were going. Also, the ending sets up the next book. I did like the characters. I preferred Tobble, though. I did like the focus on trust and friendsh ...more
Wouter van  Noort
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book, honestly, is one of the best books I've read in the last couple of years. Very Narnian like, it easily fits within the likes of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials. A must-read if you like stories like that, I only wished I could've read this as a child. This story is just screaming to be a film or short tv series, can't wait for the next book! As a matter of fact, be right back, I'm gonna start "The First" right this second.
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Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.

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