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The Last Book in the Universe

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  9,035 ratings  ·  1,087 reviews
This fast-paced action novel is set in a future where the world has been almost destroyed. Newbery Honor Author Rodman Philbrick is at his very best.

Nobody around here reads anymore. Why bother, when you can just shoot all the images and excitement straight into your brain? I've heard of books, but they were long before I was born, in the backtimes before the Big Shake...I
Paperback, 223 pages
Published 2000 by Scholastic
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Last Book In The Universe, Rodman Philbrick

The Last Book in the Universe (2000) is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Rodman Philbrick.

Set in a cyberpunk dystopia, its protagonist and narrator is a teenage boy named Spaz who suffers from epilepsy.

The story is set in a post-disaster, dystopic future city, appearing to be somewhere in the United States, called the Urb, which has been disturbed by an earthquake known as "The Big Shake". The Urb is plagued by poverty, thieves, gang w
Sep 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
ANOTHER NEW FAVE! It starts out pretty slowly, but the ending is remarkable. Another book that shows how sad the world would be without books. Indulges the passion for books.
Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick is a book far in a possible future, a thousand years after the great "shake". There are genetically engineered people who are designed for health and intelligence and live in a special lush area called Eden. Everyone else lives under grey skies, in a concrete world, trying to get by. Gangs control areas and it is deadly to cross the leader of the your boss or to cross into another zone. No health care, care for orphans, etc.
This is about a guy t
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Good science fiction introduction for adolescents, but stealing too many ideas from other authors to be a worthwhile read for more experienced readers. Atwood, Bradbury, Orwell and Co. just do it a lot better!
It is a nice idea to have the protagonist carry the last book in his head as a story to be told later, when people appreciate books again, but it is far too close to the ending scene of Fahrenheit 451, in which all refugees wander around reciting lost books to themselves. The genetically im
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen-age boys, kids with epilepsy
We listened to this as a family on a trip to Lake Powell, and we all liked it a lot. It first grabbed and held our attention because the hero is epileptic, as is one of our sons. How often does epilepsy play a part in saving the world? It does in this book :-) Thank goodness for authors who can incorporate teens illnesses into stories in a positive light without preaching. That bit of the story may mean nothing to most readers, but it was a nice boost for our family.

The reader was that same guy
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: kids who like postapocalyptic tales if they understand them
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Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
So much slang. Just so much. Some was good, some was bad, but there was a lot.

I was not the right audience for The Last Book In The Universe. Unlike Riordan where I can enjoy the ridiculousness even though I’m well above the target audience age, this was written super simply with no whimsy or even particularly good writing so it made the age gap quite obvious.

Good world-building or world tearing apart? I could imagine the smoke and the dirt and the complete lack of proper shelter. I could visual
✨Bean's Books✨
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting story.
In a world where no one reads anymore and everyone gets information through brain probes there is Spaz, an epileptic boy that has lost his family unit, now survives by being an errand boy for the Bangers gang. "Stealing is my job" he says. But when he receives a secret message from his foster father informing him that his foster sister (whom he feels is like a blood sister to him) is deathly ill and wishes to see him, all bets are off. He must travel to the other side of t
Juan Guzman
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book The Last Book in The Universe is in a dystopian setting and is really good book. This book contains a lot stealing, doing bad things, and futuristic events in which there is new technology but not just for anybody. The only people that had that type of technology were the perfect people. Also, if you like books about saving and caring for people than this is your book because there is a person who saves their sibling (don't want to spoil anything ) and it gets really intense. The book t ...more
May 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Philbrick has written a decent addition to the utopia/dystopia genre. The best parts of this book are the fast pace and the surprising ending. Philbrick's dystopian world also has some compelling aspects. For this book to get four or five stars, I would want to see better description. In general, I think the writer could have added more depth to the characters. I would recommend this book to fifth and sixth grade readers who enjoy the utopia/dystopia genre. ...more
L12_luisespinoza Espinoza
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This is a captivating futuristic novel where it's author, Rodman Philbrick, does a masterful job of engaging the reader through its characters and plot. "If you're reading this, it must be a thousand years from now. Because nobody around here reads anymore. Why bother, when you can just probe it?" From these very first sentences of the book, the reader is pulled in to this fascinating story.

The story tells of a journey taken by Spaz in a post-apocalyptic world (as a result of "the big shake", or
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Reading and path we will take if we stop reading.
Recommended to Art by: I wanted to read more Philbricks books
Think of Farenheit 451, 1984, Alas Babylon & Z is for Zachariah.
Mr. Philbrick quotes various authors throughout this story w/a surprise ending.
I found it interesting of his description of the near future when no one reads.
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage boys who love sci-fi
Such an interesting premise - a future without books. A future where everything you want to think or dream about is shot into your brain with a needle. When I first heard the idea behind this book, I was intrigued. I checked it out and read it that same day (it's a really easy read and I sped through it at lightning speed).

However, the book did not live up to its premise, at least to me. It was okay, and I can see how others would enjoy it more, but to me, it just wasn't my cup of tea. There was
Lisa Rathbun
I really enjoyed this story of a grim futuristic world sharply divided between the "normals" in Urb and the "proovs" in Eden. Lots of comparisons could be made here - for example with "The Giver" especially in the aspect of old man/mentor passing on knowledge to a younger man. The story was violent but did not use bad language. Speaking of language, do not let the strange vocabulary in the first chapter throw you off. The slang words help make this universe convincing. The words are consistent t ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
This book struck me as an interesting book. It takes place 200 years after the "shake." It was this huge earthquake that apparently was world wide and destroyed if not everything the most important thing on earth, a pipe with the width of a football field and the length around the world that held all of the earths water supply. The shake killed a lot of the population. So what it really did was mess up the earth and man-kind is struggling for it's survival. Over time man-kind forgot reading and ...more
I was twice recommended this book by students and finally decided I had time to squeeze it in to the reading queue. It's a bit like other dystopian teen books, only it's shorter and written for a slightly younger crowd. It uses its own lingo which is pretty easy to figure out... To kill someone is to cancel them. An old person is a gummy. The Big Shake seems to be an earthquake that changed the world and led to things as they are at least where Spaz lives. Spaz is a boy who is also our protagoni ...more
Adamaris Jauregui
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think this is an amazing book for so many reasons but one of the things that I like the most about it is the adventurous aspect that the author puts in to the book so well. Another thing I like is how well the world after the big shake is described and how it changes every part of the book. I also like how heroic and brave Spaz is in the book even though he doesn't know it. Spaz is also respectable for his determination and the importance of his sister bean to him. The addition of Ryter was ve ...more
Jesus Madrigal
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Giovanni Zuniga
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Yuliana Gallardo
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book because it was so intense it felt like I was all the characters in one book. I also liked how they showed really specifically how they felt. I recommend this book to someone who likes adventure stuff because they go to lots of adventures and meet new people like the proov girl Lanaya. It was about a Spaz Boy who lived with a family but wasn't his real family and they had a little girl named Bean spaz really liked her as a sister even though they didn't have the same blood he st ...more
Angelica Garcia
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Andrea Medina
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like this book. It's about these proovs and normals and how they face consequences in their life and break laws and rules just to save a girl and they get eliminated. They also try to make a book out of their life but it all goes wrong in the end. I like the part when he reveals who he's from in the ending. I would recommend it to people that like things with strange characters and with computers controlling the characters in the story. ...more
Flavia Tepozotlan Styles
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought it was amazing how he was expressing his thoughts and feelings through out the whole story.I also loved the ending and how unexpected things happened.The suspence creation was well planned and great plot the story had.The adventure the book takes you to is fantastic because it makes you feel like you are actually living it with them.
carter Edwards
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book because it was full of adventure and action. I loved the parts when they were running through the latches and had to fight all the way through just to get to the next latch when they had to do the same thing again. I would recommend this book to people who like adventure, action, and fighting.
Natalie Tobar
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was really fun to read. It is about a boy named spaz that has an ill little sister so he has been taken to like another world called Eden so thatś where he spent most of his time in. I would recommend this book to people around 5th or 6th grade.
Martin Guzman
This book was mostly about a boy who was a good story and he has a sister who was sick and it was a good boy who had a good heart.My opinion was that it is a good book for story
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book but the ending was pretty depressing in my opinion. I did not like that. I thought that the ending didn't have to be a perfect happy ending but that it shouldn't be that awful. ...more
Connor M
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very nice book I am glad I chose it for book club!
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Aka William R Dantz, Chris Jordan, W.R. Philbrick.

Rodman Philbrick grew up on the New England coast, where he worked as a longshoreman and boat builder. For many years he wrote mysteries and detective novels. The Private Eye Writers of America nominated two of his T.D.Stash series as best detective novel and then selected Philbrick's 'Brothers & Sinners' as Best Novel in 1993. Writing under the pe

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