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A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  9,708 ratings  ·  1,785 reviews
My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football.

My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.

Then the thief came.

There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Orbit
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Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Station Eleven and Post-Apocalyptic fans
ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

An important post-apocalyptic story that teaches us to always be kind, loyal, and hopeful.

With countless books being published every single day, the cover art quality of a book published by an author I haven’t heard of is very crucial in grabbing my interest; that's not exactly what happened with this book. Don't get me wrong, the cover art is certainly pretty but what grabbed my attention immediately was something of a rarer o

i have never seen this on an arc before:

usually, i am very mindful to avoid potential spoilers in reviews of ARCs.





Ends happen fast, and often arrive before you’ve been warned they’ve coming.

i’ll write a general review first, for the booknerds, and the
Robin Hobb
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers who like end of the world tales
First, the usual Caveat. I received this book free from the publisher. I have not met C. A. Fletcher. I do not think receiving the book for free affected my reaction to it.

I think all my readers know that I love dogs. I form very deep and strong bonds with my dogs. They are my companions, not my 'pets'.

So the first word that comes to mind for this book is 'harrowing'. Several times I thought, "I can't read any more of this book." But I also found I could not walk away from the story until I knew
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
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“If we’re not loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?”

Disclaimer: Copy provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

🌟 I always try to stay positive whenever I read a book and focus on things that I liked, my rants reviews are usually saved for books that made me angry and this does not apply here. This is a good book and I enjoyed it, I think it will appeal more for dog owners and dog persons. Due to my allergy for
***5 stars***

Special thanks to netgalley for providing me with an arc for this AMAZING book! (arc I was approved for months ago, but only now got to read) I absolutely loved it!

There are a million post apocalyptic stories out there and more often than not, I end up disappointed by them. But A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is a gem that stands out in this genre.
”Of all the animals that travelled the long road through the ages with us, dogs always walked closest.”

The story follows
Lisa Wolf
A man stole my dog.

I went after him.

Bad things happened.

I can never go home.

I'll keep this short and to the point, because it would be way too easy to veer into spoilery territory, and this book is best experienced fresh and free from a whole lot of expectations. It's a wonderful story about love and loyalty, centered around a quest to retrieve a beloved dog, and filled with danger, unexpected alliances and moments of grace, bravery, and defiance. And yes, a little sadness too.

The title says
4.5 Stars

”Of all the animals that travelled the long road through the ages with us, dogs always walked closest.”

In 1923, Robert Frost wrote of the end of the world in one of his most popular poem Fire and Ice, but C.A. Fletcher’s post-apocalyptic world isn’t quite as dire, it offers a “softer” slowing down of the world, the loss of many things, among them the very limited ability of humans to procreate, as well as the inability to use electronics. No computers, no television, no radios, no S
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

‘Dogs were with us from the very beginning. And of all the animals that walked the long centuries beside us, they always walked the closest.
And then they paid the price. Fuck us.’
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A Fletcher was a book that really caught my eye by its title alone. I love books that have a coming of age story, heartwarming animal friendships, and I also love a lonely setting, so this quickly became a must read. After delving into merely a few pages, I knew
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
“Remembering dreams is like picking up a jellyfish-they slip through your fingers-and you never know if it’s a dream you had or if you added to the dream in the remembering of the dream. Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re dreaming a dream at all, or just a dream about remembering a dream.”

WHAT?! You want to run that by me again.

“And if that doesn’t make sense, well, neither do dreams.”

Okay at least you’re self aware.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is a dystopian scifi that starts wi
Whispering Stories
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Just as the author requested at the beginning of the book, to keep reviews spoiler free, I will give you a short introduction into the book.

Griz lives with his parents, his brother Ferg, and his sister Bar, oh and their two dogs Jip and Jess, on a remote island called Mingulay off the coast of Scotland. They are the only occupants on the island, in fact, the whole world is sparsely populated due to something called the Gelding. No-one really kn
Sebastien Castell
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best way to decide if A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is for you is to simply read a couple of the opening chapters. There's a very specific voice and style to this book, one that works incredibly well for the story it tells, but also one that can be described as heavy, even oppressive at times. Griz, the narrator, lives in a dystopian future in which humanity has almost entirely died out due to "The Guelding" - an epidemic that left most of the population infertile. As a result th ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Orbit) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

“Solitude is its own kind of madness. Like hope itself.”

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book. I knew it was going to be post-apocalyptic and involve a dog, but that’s really all I knew. And I’m incredibly glad I went in so blind.
“Hope can keep you afloat in
Bark  |  Laurie  |  LOHF
I picked up this book on audio because of the title and because a few trusted blogger friends convinced me with their reviews. I just want to tell you that I am not a big fan of adventure stories. I hold nothing against them and you are welcome to adore them. They just don’t happen to be the first thing I pick up when I’m looking for my next book but this book which is nothing but one large adventure is the exception. If you like action and adventure or even if you don’t, I think you should read ...more
Lea | That_Bookdragon
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
4/5 ⭐

Thank you so much to Orbit for sending me a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

"If we're not loyal to the things we love, what's the point?"

Usually, I'm not a big fan of post-apocalyptic novels and films because they make me think a lot about the future and it scares me a little, I have to be honest with you. Recent events have made me quite anxious about the environmental damages we, human beings, are causing to our home. However, when I first heard about this b
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think there are quite a few readers who have wrongly concluded that due to its beautiful imagery and title it is a work of children's literature, but that couldn't be further from the truth. C.A Fletcher's dystopian debut (under this nom de guerre) will touch readers of all ages and all persuasions with its movingly powerful message and lyrical narrative. In this post-apocalyptic landscape, we journey with Griz, a young boy who has led a sheltered life on a remote Scottish island with barely a ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
An unidentified disaster, referred to as the Gelding, has rendered most of the humans on Earth unable to reproduce. The population has dwindled to almost nothing and the people who are left lead a very isolated existence. Dogs also have trouble reproducing because few females are born, so they are a valuable commodity for their companionship. The story is told in the form of a journal written by a boy nicknamed Griz, who lives with his parents, siblings and dogs. He directs his writing to an unk ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I have two dogs, and they are family. And I would do anything for family. If someone were to make off with them, you can damn well be sure I’d go to the ends of the earth to get them back. Hence it is little wonder why I was immediately drawn to the premise of this book, which spoke to me as I’m sure it speaks to dog lovers everywhere.

At its heart, A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher is a post-apocal
Carol (Bookaria)
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Dogs were with us from the very beginning. And of all the animals that walked the long centuries beside us, they always walked the closest.”

Captivating, adventurous, and surprising!

A stranger visits the island where Griz lives with family and their dogs. The stranger arrives sharing tales and food but leaves with their loving dog. Now Griz will look for the stranger to get back what was stolen from them.

The novel takes place a post-apocalyptic future where most of the human population has been
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I ended up really enjoying this book. As soon as I saw the title and read the description for this book, I knew that I absolutely had to read it. I looked forward to reading this book for months. Unfortunately, I had a really hard time getting into this book. I really think that this had more to do with my life than the book but I did have some doubts. I did hang in there with the book and am so glad that I did but this was a book th
Liz Barnsley
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredible, moving and melancholy novel, beautifully done. I'll be reviewing for the official tour later this year. I hope everyone will honour the no spoilers request and not give away this novels secrets.

Highly Recommended. Pretty much guaranteed even at this early stage to be one of my books of the year.
The Captain
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

The title, cover, and dystopian nature is what made me want to read this book.  I love end-of-the-world stories.  While I enjoyed many parts of this book, it didn't completely float me boat.  It ended up being only an okay read due to me personal preferences.

I really did find the premise to be interesting.  The end of the world has come and gone and humans are he
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Thank you so much to Orbit books and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is a post apocalyptic, dystopian novel where a great gelding seems to have reduced the population to a handful of hardy stragglers.

Griz, his family, and their dogs live on an island. They are a resourceful bunch, who hunt and fish and go "a-viking" to scavenge from the mainland. When a traveller shows up to trade some goods, everything goes to hell for Griz wh
Maja Ingrid
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
"If we're not loyal to the things we love, what's the point? That's like not having a memory. That's when we stop being human.
It's a kind of death, even if you keep breathing"

The first 130 pages I read very fragmentally, like 10-20 every now and then and sometimes with complete breaks to read other books. Which is a bit of a regret because it made it feel a little like trudging through a swamp. But once I actually gave it the time it deserved ( I read the other 235 pages in two days) i had much
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Exquisitely written, Fletcher’s latest is an adventure story like no other, full of danger, discovery, joy and heartbreak. And dogs. Because dogs are the best.

Sometimes you just know that a book is going to surpass all other books you’ve read, break your heart and then stitch it back together, make you feel and think about th
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

These words that I write don’t do justice to A Boy and his Dog at the End of the World but they are all that I have and they are the best that I can muster. Fletcher and Orbit have an absolute winner on their hands with this evocative and powerful book. After I finished reading it I was left tattered and torn, like a doll coming apart at the seams, it is a book that left me bereft,
Mary Lins
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complete
Don’t start “A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World”, by C.A. Fletcher, unless you have time to fall down this engrossing and addicting rabbit hole! This post-apocalyptic story of “Griz” and his family and his dogs, is simply irresistible. Griz’ narrative voice is utterly compelling and the story is fascinating and beautifully crafted.

Note: this is the first time I’ve gotten an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of a book with a Spoiler Alert: “please don’t reveal secrets to new readers”! Of course t
Patricija - aparecium_libri
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommendations
I knew this would be a good book and that's why I gave it three chances. The first two were a blast because I kept being in a reading slump, but the third one was the charm.
The tone of the book reminds me of Matt Haig's The Humans. Really atmospherical. This is technically a dystopian sci-fi, but it reads like fiction. It had an amusing and compelling plot and great character building. I wished there was more world-building, but I get it, it's not that kind of a book.
So I recommend this to lov
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, expedition
I don’t read a lot of apocalyptic type books but I found the premise behind this one very interesting, they call it, The Gelding, the loss of the natural instinct to procreate. When a small, remotely placed family mistakes a cordial man who they think is just a friendly peddler, a boy must go on a dangerous expedition to catch a world traveling thief who has stolen his dog.
In a world governed by enforced “loyalties” – confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, self-serving enablers, and conformism - the idea of loyalty as a virtue of character has been subverted. But now, confronted with the end of the world, the moral fiber of loyalty is what remains.

What happened? First there was “The Gelding.” Was it hubris? Karma? A social engineering project gone awry? No one knows; no one cares. Humans lost their ability to reproduce. Isolated families, “outliers,” are
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