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(Endling #2)

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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  411 ratings  ·  88 reviews
To learn if she truly is the last dairne in the world—the endling—Byx and her friends must travel into the snow-covered mountains of the country of Dreyland, where they hope to uncover the truth behind the legend of a hidden dairne colony. But the threat of war across the lands continues to grow with each passing day.

As the group confronts untold dangers at every turn, the
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The continuing story of the intrepid team of Byx (the Dairne), Tobble (the Wobbyk), Khara Donati (human), Renzo (human thief), and Gambler (the Felivet) to find out if Byx is the last of her species as they seek Dairneholme, a mythical sentient island. Meanwhile, war is coming between species and Khara believes this is senseless, and wants her friends' help to avoid calamity. As they trek, they make new friends of an insect species (the Terramants), water creatures (the Natites), and Sabito Seve ...more
Corinne
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed Endling The Last. Frankly, I didn't expect to enjoy the second book in the series as much as the first - often the first book is the best. However, Applegate has another incredible book on her hands! I don't know how she does it but this book was simply enthralling. She's woven such a fascinating fantasy world with characters full of depth and complexity that I was on the edge of my seat, enthralled and dreading the ever nearing end of the novel. Her message of unity and connecte ...more
Caitlin
I really liked the first book in this series so I was really excited to read this one.

Maybe this is stupid of me (considering who the author is) but I guess I didn't realize this was going to be a long series. Now that I look it up, its labeled as "an epic middle grade animal fantasy series". I just felt like the books are too long and the plot is not that big to keep my attention for a whole big series. (Granted, I'm 34 - clearly not the target audience for this. Maybe for MG readers it's diffe
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Critter
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While the group continues their search for Dairnes in Dreyland, they come across greater dangers than the ones they faced in Nedarra. As war brews between the two nations, they find themselves in the midst of a rebellion.

I ended up loving the First even more than the Last. It was nearly impossible to put down as the excitement continued to build up. I was fully engrossed in this enchanting and beautiful world that Applegate has created. The world is so vibrant and full of life and the characters
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Carolyn
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just can’t be objective about a book WHEN I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. This series is SO full of charm. A must for a middle grade library!
Linda
Anytime there is a book with a quest, I'm in. (I re-read The Hobbit once in a while!) Yes, I finished this one and now how long might be the wait for the next adventure for brave, growing-up and now adventurous Byx and her companions, humans Khara and Renzo, catlike felivet Gambler, and the small and mighty Tobble? They have continued their journey to find the traveling island of Tarok, hoping to find more dairnes, saving Byx from being the last one of her species. The plot expands into politica ...more
Peacegal
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is truly something special. Wonderfully written, with multi-faceted characters, a magical world, and most of all, a big heart. I am so glad the second installment rose to the high bar set by the first. I really hope ENDLING gets more attention from young readers.
Ann
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Actually more like 2.5 stars. Not as good as the first book. Still enjoyable, but missing the novelty of the first book, and replaced instead with lots of introspection about the nature of fear, courage, and leadership....and those parts read like a teacher's lecture. I didn't enjoy them, and doubt my students would.

I'm also seriously bothered by the plot loophole that I shared after reading Book #1. So much hinges on the honesty of this species of animal--and their ability to detect lies in oth
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B220
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Byx, Tobble, Khara, Gambler, and Renzo return in the sequel to Katherine Applegate's Endling: The Last. It's hard to write a super detailed post about sequels because I don't want to give too much away, but together they journey to find what the hope to be more Dairne's, a species that is on the brink of extinction. With warring peoples threatening to take over their land and continue to extinguish even more species, these four face danger, countless obstacles, and even meet a few new friends al ...more
SaraCat
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this book is with ‘young reader’ books, the characters are well formed and the story is quite compelling. She doesn’t shy away from showing the complexities of what it means to fight back when attacked - because by surviving, others may be hurt or killed. Though, since it is aimed at younger readers, death and wounds are not described in any great detail. After reading books 1 and 2 I would say this series seems to be around the reading level of the first few Harry Potter books. Mayb ...more
Allegra
This book had many ups and downs for me in terms of the personality of the characters. I feel that the author focused more on making sure the plot was moving rather than developing some of the characters through showing instead of telling. Now don't get me wrong! The author did a wonderful time building up the plot and the characters' journey. I got lost in the creativity in which the protagonists would get out of sticky situations. I just wish I got to know the characters more through their dia ...more
Megan (ReadingRover)
Nice segway to the next book in the series though it did end on a bit of a cliffhanger. I enjoyed this book though I didn’t love it quite as much as the first. It was entertaining, full of adventure and moved at a quick pace. The audiobook was over before I knew it. However it didn’t elicit as many or as deep feelings as the first book did from me. Can’t wait for the next one.
Theresa
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-school
I love the Endling books. Byx is searching for more of her kind with friends she has made along her quest. In this second book of the series, the band of explorers learn that war between an evil human and a rogue felivet, both of whom want to control the world and render most other species either dead or enslaved, is immanent. Byx's band of heroes become part of the rebellion to stop the war. The characters in the Endling books are wonderful and remind us that all species are valuable in their o ...more
Kristin
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love these books!
Sandy
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to thank Byx and his friends for the 3 hours of sleep that I got the other night. When I finally shut off the light early in the morning, I couldn’t get Byx and his journey off my mind so I woke up early grabbed my book light and finished it.

I only had to reread a small section of this book as I got confused with all the different character names and the different places but otherwise, I enjoyed it and I really enjoyed the relationships within it. I thought the novel ended with a small c
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Jennifer Kelley
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good or better than the first in the series.
Suzanne Maley
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much better than book # 1. Can’t wait for book #3.
Stephen
Not as great as the first book ( a lot of the traveling seemed like filler with less character development and not adding to really push forward the central story). But still I think it is a good read and my kids and I are awaiting the next book!
Donnette
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started the first book last year, I was at first baffled by trying to hang on to so many new creatures - remembering who was who and what their proclivities were. I put it down and read a few other books. Then I came back to it with a need to read it quickly since a student had loaned it to me and was asking if I'd finished it yet. So in I plunged. After the initial struggle, as I became familiar with the characters and all of the varied species in this fantasy world, I was quickly consum ...more
Melanie Dulaney
The Endling series is not a One and Only Ivan or a Wishtree with powerful and heartfelt emotion, but it is a great story full of new lands, people and creatures and when I finished this book 2, my first thought was, “I wonder when book 3 is coming out?” Byx, the dairne, was just a young pup in book one, full of fear of the future and sadness that she was likely the last of her species that physically resembles dogs but up on two legs, with high intelligence and a skill for discerning truth. She ...more
Mark Buxton
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My name is Khara, and I'm leading a doomed, pointless quest to help Byx find other dairnes. I'm not sure the expedition is truly futile, but I'm questioning my decisions. Sure, we've evaded Murdano's soldiers and survived an attack by one of his assassins, but traveling to Dreyland may be even more dangerous. The ruler here is more vicious than Murdano, as his forces prepare to invade Nedarra. I almost lost all hope when we were buried, destined to suffer slow, painful deaths. Byx and Tobble are ...more
Nick
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
These stories are really sweet. I just love Byx, Gambler, and Tobble. Sabito was a nice addition, and the story is heart wrenching. I want Byx to find a family and to save her race, I loved that we traveled to the other races, and the lead up to a war seems awesome.

This book is great if the author would GET OUT OF HER OWN WAY. Her environmental messages and sex equality are laughable. Honest to goodness laughable. There was a stretch I wanted to put the book down it was so egregious.

Kara whines
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Cheri
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jim
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i don't read many fantasy series, i think only Narnia, Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold by Terry Brooks, Harry Potter and the first seven of Robt Jordan's Wheel of Time (volumes 5 - 7 had less going on in 700 pages than Mary Worth has in a week). This i'm really enjoying. This book answers most of the questions left over from the first volume and adds a lot more for the next couple books.

Contrary to science fiction and fantasy rules the unnamed character mostly used to create death scenes to advance
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Dante
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

"You can be uncertain, you can be angry at yourself, but we still need you. Take some time if you need to, and then get back to the job of leading this doomed and pointless enterprise. You may fail sometimes. But you’ll never let us down"

Leadership. Courage. Fear. Friendship

These are the words that I would use to describe the story of this book. I loved the first book, so I came with good expectations with this one, and I have to say that Applegate did not disappointed me.

This story is cap
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Alysha DeShaé
I had one issue with pacing in this book where I couldn't easily place how long it has been from one event to another, but it certainly wasn't enough of an issue to cause me to do anything but heap praise upon this book!!

I loved it! It's as good as the first and now I'm so disappointed that I have to wait for the next one.

The life lessons included here are wonderful. Even if an issue is complex, you are allowed to have feelings and questions. You can doubt and that is more than okay. Decisions c
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Xdelta
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
okay, if you think this book is like 5 stars or something please don't get extremely mad at me, and before I say WHY i rated this book 3 stars I want to say that I am nine years old and read over the summer. 1.this book is not as gripping as the first book(at least to me).reason: because this book finishes the old story which is quest completely fails.(sad right?) AND adds a new quest -which isn't as gripping as the old quest which totally ruins the chance of it having any ratings like the other ...more
Kirsti
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic book in this series, but I still want even more from this author and this world. Although this only came out in May, I am more than ready for another book and to continue this story! It has such captivating characters, and is just so unique in the world of fantasy that it's a real stand out. I did feel like the final chapters and situations came across as a little rushed, but overall I was satisfied with the book and it didn't drop my rating. I ended up having to buy this as an ...more
GuineaPigFalconer
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Shella
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad to find a series for my avid Warrior fans. I don't usually like fantasy books that are in a series or in this time setting. I was all prepared to not like this new series. I don't think Applegate can write anything less than 4 stars. I do think this is a trilogy for more advanced readers. There are many characters to keep track of as the story unfolds. Her writing is great for visualization and I used the map quite often. I wish there were some pencil illustration dispersed through-out ...more
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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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