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The Last Free Cat

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  283 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Not far in the future, cat flu has meant that cat breeding is strictly controlled, and cats are only for the rich in their private estates. When Feela turns up in Jade's garden, she can't resist taking her in, even though it could cost her everything. Soon she finds herself on the run from the authorities. ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Hodder Childrens
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Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was the first book i ever loved. i remember getting this out from the library and becoming so invested in it as a child, i could NEVER forget this book n my love for it.
Kellee Moye
This book is such a compelling read and a great addition to the dystopian subgenre.
When I started this book, I had never heard of it but I was intrigued by the concept and right away I was glad that this book had crossed my path. This book was non-stop action and was so hard to predict because of all of the twists and turns throughout. Just as you thought that things were going to get steady for Kris and Jade, something happens. I also enjoyed the back and forth between Kris and Jade. Whenever
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone! (seriously you don't have to be a cat lover to love this!)
WOW! This really was fucking awesome!
This is probably the first dystopian book I've ever read and it's very likely the reason I love the genre so much today.

There's no shortage of action whatsoever! Plus this is soooo much better than the Matched trilogy and a few other "bestsellers" today. This was one of those books that seems to (like The Hunger Games) have a mixture of genres e.g. Dystopia, Thriller, Romance and so on. I knew I'd like this even before reading it and I wasn't the least bit di
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Owning a cat has become a luxury for only the wealthy, as cat breeding is limited to one major corporation. When a cat appears at Jade and her mum's back door, they fall in love and agree to hide it. Secrets cannot remain secret in a dystopian society, so Jade and her new-found friend Kris hit the underground in an attempt to save the last free cat in England. Blake presents a less violent dystopian society than featured in other recent dystopian novels, which makes this a lighter read for young ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jade and her mother find a cat in the yard, take her in, and name her Feela. This isn't unusual... unless you live in the future and there has been a cat flu pandemic that can transfer to humans. Cats have been strictly regulated, and there are just a few companies that are allowed to breed cats, so they are very expensive to buy. When the authorities find out that Jade has a cat, they search her home, upsetting her mother, who has a bad heart and dies. Luckily, a neighbor boy, Kris, helps Jade ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect that the story would be so adventurous, risky and actually a reality of here and now.

Everyone had gone crazy over a free "illegal" cat. Over a "small" creature and wrong information that everyone believes. And by that, I mean, everyone agrees to be a puppet of its own government and a government to be used by a corporation. Why? Because the authorities says so and money talks.

On a deeper side, this is just like the state of how we live right now. Accept it or not, I think we are
This is the most suiting book I’ve ever read for the quote “don’t judge a book by its cover”. The cover may seem simple and unoriginal, childish even. But, the actual story is really good and interesting. Although maybe a bit predictable at some parts of it.
Edward Sullivan
A most unusual dystopian novel with a fast-paced, thrilling narrative and fascinating premise that explores big, dark ideas but also has some nice touches of humor. Gripping and provocative.
Ron Johnson
Feb 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know others have enjoyed this book, but I would honestly like to know why.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book left me yearning for more. For that happy ending we're all expecting. This one seemed bittersweet to me, but also maybe the best choice. I know if this were to happen in our world, I'd be pissed. No one is going to take my cats from me. I ain't afraid to throw hands!! ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was really fun and interesting to read i would like to see more of it.
Carli Wells
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very cute and quick read for most teenagers. :)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started out okay, but then progressively got weirder. Plus there were a few instances of swearing.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was good, but.I didn't like the end. ...more
Robyn Harris
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves cats. I would have done the same thing as jade. Amazing!
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredibly sweet story, and I am not even a cat person
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake. Published by Albert Whitman & Company (USA)

The Last Free cat is one of those books that once you start, you can't put it down. The story begins with a mother and her teen daughter, Jade, arguing over a cat that Jade found in their back yard. Seems innocent enough, right? After all, how many parents around the world have at one time argued with their child over adding a pet to the family? But this is where the "normal" part of the story ends and the book dives head
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, dystopian lovers
I picked up this book because I'm a sucker for dystopian novels and cats. How do you make a dystopian novel better? Add cats!

Now let me go on to the actual review. I thought the concept of the novel was great. Jade lives in a corrupted society where you can't even own a free cat. *GASP* I know, what absolute horror so one day she decides to take in a lost cat even though she's technically not allowed to have one cause there's a crazy cat flu epidemic happening.However, she is secretly a freaki
Jun 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Susanna Mahoney
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is a fantasy,sci-fiction story about the future and the corruption that occurring. Except this author has a genius concept of wrote not how the tyrants not only control the people, the sheep to obey all laws but to not defiant what they believed inor there would be severe consequences. This new order has a madman who is popular, rich and a super celebrity to the masses. He has a scheme to lie to the masses and announced that all cats were a dangerous threat diagnosed with the cat flu which is ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

While this book had an interesting idea, it was perhaps the most unbelievable book I've ever read.

Set in the near future, the cat flu forced people to kill all wild/feral cats and everyone who owned one had to turn them in to be put down as well. The flu was too dangerous and spread too easily for people to have cats anymore. (Or was it.)

A giant company took over the "business" of cats -- they did all the breeding, neutered every cat they sold, controlled the whole market. Cats sold for 40 milli
I think I've made no secret that I love cats so the title and picture intrigued me, right off the bat. As I learned more, I discovered that the future is an awful place. See, a deadly cat flu has caused most cats to disappear and the few that do exist are strictly controlled and available only for the welcome. But who wouldn't welcome an adorable bundle of fur?

Jade sure would and thus, despite the risks, she welcomes a beautiful girl cat into her home and heart, unsure of how this cat is free bu
This story is set in a future where corporations rule the country and people are governed by fear. One of the greatest fears is HN51 the deadly cat flu that affects humans. When the epidemic first struck, swift action was taken to ensure our survival. All infected cats were killed and now all cat breeding, vaccinating, registering and selling is done by one big corporation. Cat prices are so expensive that only the rich can afford them. Anyone caught with an unregistered cat is subject to death. ...more
Eva Batgirl
I really liked the plot, but there is something big I'd like to be different. I would have preferred if they'd made a bigger difference to the anti-cat issue, I know that they did make a difference but it was just a drop in the bucket. It would have been interesting for them to have gotten the law revoked, or maybe have a sequel involving that. I understand why the author did what they did, because it's based off of the issue with abortion in Ireland and England and it's reflecting on that but I ...more
Linda Munro
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another of those books that have been on my ‘I want to Read’ list since October 2012! Although this was a youth fiction, I enjoyed the quick read immensely. I saw in this book an allegory; while this tale was apparently set in the future, it is a tale of what is already occurring around the world today!

In the case of this book, a girl finds a cat in her back yard. While this may seem normal today, during the time of the book cat’s are basically banned, unless of course they have been pur
Michele Bowkunowicz
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it

Jade lives in a not particularly pleasant Britain of the near future. Huge corporations are running the show and the population lives in ignorance.
A cat flu epidemic has effectively privatised cats. Breeding is strictly controlled by the Viafara Corporation and cats cost upwards of two million euros - only the rich can afford them. Any cats not bred in this way are potential disease carriers and are put down.

So when Jade finds Feela in her garden and take
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, with all my heart. I wasn't too sure about it, thinking the premise was too contrived and wouldn't be believable. But the whole book is action-packed and very cute.

First of all, Feela. That cat is magical. Put me under her spell from the moment she mewled hello. It was quite tender the way she instantly melted Jade's heart. Second, Jade herself is a great character. Strong, courageous, and independent. She doesn't shy away from adventure, and believes strongly in doing what's
The future envisioned in this book is rather bleak, particularly since average folks like Jade aren't allowed to have the pleasures of cats of their own. A deadly strain of cat flu has resulted in strict control of cat breeding, and the days of finding a free feline through the want ads in newspapers are generations in the past. Instead, cats are for the wealthy only, and corporations control the breeding and owning of cats. When Jade spots Feela, a beautiful calico, in her garden, she and her m ...more
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May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dystopian
Shelves: may-2012-reads
“The Last Free Cat” is a simultaneously heartwarming yet horrifying tale of a dystopian society I hope I never see come to pass. Ruled by multinational corporations (by the time the book begins, it’s primarily a sole multinational), rebellion means overthrowing the Corporate Giants (as occurs in Ireland). Rebellion can also mean keeping an unlicensed, unregistered feline (as does our narrator, Jade). Cats allegedly caused a serious, fatal, outbreak of flu, which had only been confined due to the ...more
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Jon Blake is the author of over sixty books, primarily for children and teenagers: most recently "Thimble Monkey Superstar" which was shortlisted for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud awards (Lollies), and its sequel "Thimble Holiday Havoc". Thimble features disabled narrator Jams Cogan, based on Jon's son.

Jon was brought up in Southampton and now lives in Cardiff where he teaches creative writing at http:

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