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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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Connor
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
There was a lot about this installment I really liked. I really liked how dedicated the group of characters is to helping Byx as she tries to find others of her species. I really liked how many underdog moments there were in this. Partially related, I thought Katherine Applegate did some clever things with expectations not always meeting with what reality has in store.

I enjoyed the new characters in this and that Byx was forced to step out as a leader herself, instead of always being comfortabl
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Skip
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
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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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
Monique
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know how to put my love for these books into words.
I read the first book not even two month ago and I already want to reread it. To be fair, I did enjoy the first book more but I obviously still loved this one. I just feel so comfortable with these characters and OF COURSE I love Tobble ...I mean how can you not? Miss Applegate is really on the best way to become my favourite author.
So excited for the third book!
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
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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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.
Becca
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Plot-driven readers who also like friendship books
Recommended to Becca by: Abbie
These books are written for middle grade readers but they deal with many things I experience as a teenager: worrying and feeling inept when faced with increasing responsibility, struggling to find your people, messy friendships. Byx and Tobble are relatable and down to earth, even though they are made-up creatures. Ironically, Khara, who is another main character and a girl close to my age is very difficult to relate to and less realistic than her not real creature friends, if that makes any sen ...more
Ulises Estrada
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Bix and his friends are determined to find out if there is more Dairne or not.
As the story progresses, so does the war, something Khara wants to avoid.
This time, we see how all the characters must face their doubts and fears for themselves and evolve. A clear example is Tobble, and the protagonist Bix, who must become the leader of her group and make decisions for which she does not believe she is ready.
Just as we meet many new characters, the story becomes more complex, and leaves you wanting t
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Julie Suzanne
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war, ms-library, fantasy
As good as the first, although I only cried half the time instead of the whole time, which was a welcomed relief. Same themes come alive with lovable characters: friendship, courage, loyalty. This one introduces an emphasis on respect, tolerance, leadership, the interdependence of species, and all of the ethical questions that come with war. Does the end justify the means? Is it possible to fight a just war? What makes a good leader? Readers will see tyrannical monarchs fighting for power and wh ...more
Carolyn
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!
Wouter van  Noort
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A-Ma-Zing. When's the third book coming? And the Fourth? And the Fifth? Must-read.
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
Aaron
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another superb story from Katherine Applegate! As the second installment in the Endling series, this is best read after The Last.
Accessible and appropriate for all ages, this would be a wonderful book to read aloud with your child. The bigger life issues are handled with insight and tenderness that really brings it down to a child's level of understanding, yet has adult wisdom.
Easily a 5 star rating. This is a series you want on your shelf.
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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
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.
Bennett
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was REALLY GOOD! It was very adventurous and unique. I think it was better then the first Endling book because the first one was setting the story up.
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
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So this is weird and unexpected, I was prepared for ending the story in this book but apparently the author is preparing us for a really LONG adventure with Byx and Tobble and the rest of the gang
in this book we continue Byx's search for other Dariens like her because she heard there maybe some of them left but the journey will not be easy because there is a war going on and Byx and her friends finds themselves in the middle of it
I have to say given my expectations about this book, nothing rea
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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
Kristin
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love these books!
Kassie
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much like Brandon Mull's Beyonder series, the journey is worth it! I love the building of characters and challenges, and friendships. It's exciting and fun. Of course...it isn't over. Does anyone know when the third book comes out?
Sandy
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.
Mimi
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Endling, The First continues the story of Byx's search for other daires, refusing to believe that she is the last of her species. Byx and her friends Tobble, Khara, Renzo, Gambler, and Dog face all types of dangers and challenges as their search takes them from Dreyland to Tarok Island, across Nedarra, and on past the Pellago River. Rebellion is in the air as the despots of Dreyland and Nedarra prepare to battle each other. What role will Byx and her friends (including two new characters) play i ...more
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.
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
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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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