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The Last

(Endling #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  4,855 ratings  ·  809 reviews
A New York Times bestseller from the beloved author of the action-packed Animorphs series and the award-winning The One and Only Ivan. In this first book of an epic middle grade series, Katherine Applegate takes us on an unforgettable journey.

Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunte
Hardcover, 383 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by HarperCollins
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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. ...more
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
Helen Power
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Floor Flawless
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021, own-read
In the beginning it started out quite slow and I was wondering if this was the right book for me, but the further I got the more I started to enjoy it. Defenitely want to go on with the series!

Oh and we all love a map right? There's one on the endpages! :D
Jaiden Phillips
Aug 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ahhhh! This was soooo good!!💖🤩
Language: Clean
Violence: Clean, a few mentions of blood and people being burned, but nothing too gory.
Magic: It didn't really have magic, more like tricks. Someone can make fire follow people, someone else can find things by using light, and little things like that, but not really magic.
Eeee! This was soooo exciting!!! It was a really fun read!!!! I like how there was a lot of action and depth to the characters but there was enough humor to make it really fun as wel
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
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
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. ...more
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Marisa Phillips
May 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book....I don't know what to say about it.....it was...it was.....I can't describe how much I enjoyed it!!!!!! It was....oh my goodness you guys it was incredible!!! Such a beautiful MG book everyone should read! A new favorite!!! If your looking for a good book this is one!

For concerned parties....there is a small, teeny, tiny bit of magic. But not weird magic, it's called theurgy and it's basically like magical tricks.
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
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 5.0

What if you found out that you were absolutely the last of your kind on earth? Your family and tribe has just been taken and you are the last? How would you feel? This is exactly what happens to Byx, a dog-like creature called Dairne. When her family and tribe are murdered, Byx is the only Dairne left in existence, but she has heard rumors of others hidden away on a mystical island. Byx has no one else to live for so she decides to set off to search for mo
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
This book was fantastic. I was drawn into this fantasy story of Byx, the dairnes who can be mistaken for a dog should the time arise. With remarkable, original characters, Katherine creates a world where humans are just part of the governing species in this novel. I, myself was cheering for the smaller creatures that make up this novel. There are some who want power and will go to great lengths to acquire it while others just want to survive.

It all began when Byx saves a wobbyk and they find th
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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
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.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Booklist says that THE LAST will be a challenge to keep on the shelf, but unfortunately, my library patrons don't seem to have absorbed the message. Which is a shame, because this is a wonderful, well-written adventure that brings to mind classic fantasy novels with its combination of magic and heart. THE LAST is truly a gem that will enchant young readers and older fantasy fans as well. ...more
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. ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think it was a very good book, and should get an honor (at least).
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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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