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The Boy at the End of the World

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  943 ratings  ·  216 reviews
Fisher is the last boy on earth-and things are not looking good for the human race. Only Fisher made it out alive after the carefully crafted survival bunker where Fisher and dozens of other humans had been sleeping was destroyed.

Luckily, Fisher is not totally alone. He meets a broken robot he names Click, whose programmed purpose-to help Fisher "continue existing"-makes i
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Rachel Hartman
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Edited to add: Ok, you know what? I'm giving this another star. Because here we are, a month later, and my son is STILL playing "Ark Designer". He's reading books on engineering and robotics and genetics (and lecturing me on same. *sigh*). He's building Arks out of Lego and drawing pictures of them. He even occasionally jokes, "Hello! I'm going to kill you now! Hello!" (that makes sense if you've read the book).

C'mon, kid. Admit it already: this book rocked your world and changed your life.

May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
For all that dystopias are now the #1 hot genre amongst children and teens (having supplanted vampires for the moment) I’ve yet to have a kid actually ask me for one. It wouldn’t take much. If even one ten-year-old walked up to my reference desk in the library and said, “I want a book set in the future” I’d be satisfied that this is a genre with staying power. Kids don’t ask for that kind of thing, though. They’ll specify mermaids or vampires or mysteries or ghost stories, but never future stuff ...more
The story of Fisher, a boy whose "Ark" has been destroyed causing him to become born without the rest of his community. The world has evolved while Fisher was sleeping and one thousand years have passed. Lots of things have changed, including the machines that kept him alive in the Ark. Something has attacked his Ark and killed all the other humans and creatures that were in stasis. Fisher manages to escape with a custodian robot who he names Click. Click has been programmed to do everything in ...more
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
For the most part, The Boy At The End Of The World is a quiet tale, the story of one boy trying to make his way through a hostile environment in the hopes that he isn't the last of his kind. While he runs into various animals, the dialogue is between himself and his overprotective robot, who he names Click. This is not a book driven forward on inter-character connections. Instead, we have Fisher's desperately working not to be the end of his species, and underneath that there's a bit of mystery ...more
Josh Newhouse
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it

this was a very unsettling book, of survival in a post apocalyptic wasteland, with a clueless and amusing yet touching robot and a couple of surprisingly anthropomorphic animal companions... darkly humorous, and occasionally horrific...

I may have nightmares about the Two melded species encountered in the river...

4.5 stars! thanks Deb!
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing

The most fun book I've read in quite a while. The book has serious things to say about evolution, ecology, and humanity-- but those messages never get in the way of this zippy, witty adventure, with a real hero you cheer for. My full review is here.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-children, sf
This book maybe would be interesting if it had anything new in it. It's full of much-used tropes, and it doesn't do anything new or unusual with them. It skims over important parts in Fisher's evolution--how he finally figures out how to get food, why his same clothing lasts through all the messy calamities he has. Plus, the author doesn't manage to build much empathy for Fisher (at least in me). I think of how, for example, Clifford Simak would have written (and probably did) this same story; h ...more
George Hoffman
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such an amazing book. The part I liked the most was in the beginning. It drew me in with the amount of suspense when the robot came out. The robot was very mysterious especially when it was spinning around an umbilical cord. There wasn't a part I liked the least. An overall review about this book would be one that was hard to put down. I would recommend this book to my Literacy teachers and anyone who likes mysterious and adventure books.
Fisher is born with all of the knowledge he needs to survive as the last of humankind. Unfortunately for him, his knowledge was supposed to include the knowledge of the other humans that were supposed to be with him. He is the sole survivor of an attack on his survival dome, he has hope and evidence that there is a second one that hasn't yet been attacked in the West. He, along with a protective robot and a friendly mini-mammoth, must traverse the dangerous land in hope of finding the other huma ...more
Kobe Euell
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1
The boy at the end of world is about henry he is the last kid in the world and his friend sparky is the protector of him. and he has to beat this alien to be the emperor of this place called free zone. and the alien no one has beaten him with 3 people even, and he can use his powers in the fight. so it makes it hard for henry and sparky.

Then they have to fly a spaceship to get to him he 400000 light years away (miles). when henry and sparky get there they have to find at least,
Sparky has a can
Brandy Painter
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout has languished on my TBR for the longest time. A few weeks ago Sarah Prineas asked on Twitter if I had read it (I can't remember in relation to what). I almost responded, "No, but I plan to get to it someday." I stopped and thought, "Why wait though?" I then put it immediately on hold. I'm very happy I did because it is a wonderful adventure and I'm kicking myself for not having picked i
George W.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Boy at the End of the World is a novel set in a time after humans are extinct. However, they are not all gone as the main character Fisher originally believes. He goes on an adventure to try and find other life. Along the way, he meets a robot that he calls Click. He also befriends a Pygmy Mammoth. It learns to trust Fisher and accompanies him on his journey. During the quest they meet their final partner which is a prairie dog. They is in search of a second survival bunker to the west (his ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wowiee! Pretty hard-core science fiction for a kid's book. Very exciting. Fisher's existence really does feel lonely and desolate, and his struggle to survive seems pretty accurate (he is hungry and miserable most of the time). Click is a pretty genius foil/supporting character, kind of in the mold of C-3PO but less whiny. And the super-evolved animals made things even more interesting (though the talking prairie dogs seemed a little too easy and dangerously Jar-Jar-ian in their syntax). Some hi ...more
Arthur Pengerbil
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reading Level: Grades 4-7

Fisher was "born" when a defective robot triggered the pod right before the entire Ark was destroyed. Fisher was the only biological being to survive. Fisher knows his name, how to talk and one hundred ways to catch fish. Fisher also knows that unless he finds more people, the human race will end with him.

So Fisher sets off in search of other Arks accompanied by his defective robot protector Click and a friendly baby woolly mammoth that Fisher dubs Protein just in case h
Daniel El-Hage
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This amazing adventurous story called “The Boy at the End of the World” has been one of the stories that made me see and imagine the real world with details that was being described in the book. Some characters that survived challenges in their journey such as: Fisher, who was the boy in the world after humanity and he starts exploring this new place he has just appeared in…When he saw a big metal surface that in result is a robot he names it Click. The both of them are trying to find an arc, wh ...more
Crete Public Library District
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Review by Miss April (Youth Services) Through humor and heart, van Eekhout has created a futuristic world that has been destroyed through environmental disasters. You wouldn’t think that one could find humor in disasters, but van Eekhout manages to make you smile in the banter between characters. The story begins after the destruction of the earth, where an Ark has been filled with humans and animals, then buried deep in the earth. The humans and animals have been placed in pods to sleep until t ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It's so hard to find a book to recommend to a middle school boy. Well this is it! It has everything, adventure, hilarity, thought provoking circumstances. Gosh darn it, it made me think about what I would do in Fisher's situation.

I'm not going to go into the specifics of the story, but I am going to say the characters were fantastic. The originality and voice of each character was superb. I know i'm gushing incoherently, but it is rare for me to find a middle grade
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, spec-fic
A fun but not fabulous read. This was light and easy, engaging enough for older children, simple enough in both story and style for elementary schoolers (maybe not first grade, but certainly by fifth). The underlying ideas of environmental protection and the potential for the misuse of technology are obvious but not heavy-handed; they become effective and necessary plot points, rather than sermons.
The Intelligence as an antagonist was absolutely haunting, by far the best of the threats faced by
Cathy Blackler
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Greg van Eekhout has created a non-stop ride, with elements of The City of Ember Series as well as the Gregor the Overlander series. Readers will cheer, mourn, and hold their breath as Fisher, the boy at the end of the world, uses wit, instincts, and the loyalty of an unlikely group of friends to save the planet. Secondary characters were strong and played integral roles in Fisher's story. A sure hit with 4-6 grade lovers of dystopia, or those wishing to nibble on the genre.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Boy at the End of the World this book is the best book i have ever read the boy is trying to survive once he is born from a contaner filled with bubble like gel he is startled by a robot that he thought was going to kill him this book is a science fiction i recamend this book to mrs. hunter because i think she will read it and love it gust like i am right now
Kayla Loewen
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I had high expectations for this book,and it just didn't live up to them. The whole thing just felt flat. However,I did enjoy the ending, and felt genuinely sad when Click was destroyed, so I'd rate this 3.5 stars.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

A good (although short) book, could've been better though. Definitely looking forward to the sequel (of which I'm pretty sure there will be)! Also needs a more YA-ish cover.
Eric L.
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a good book for those who like adventure genre and a great thriller.
Terry Cross
This science fiction tale introduces us to Fisher just as he has been born. For someone just being born, Fisher seems to know and understand a great deal, for instance, knowing he is in danger after being born and seeing destruction all around him. Unlike a normal birth, Fisher does not come from a womb as an infant, but rather from some sort of incubating pod as probably an early teenager. While trying to surmise who he was where he was and what all happened, he hides when he sees a robot movin ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-sci-fi
It is more than 1,000 years into the future and mankind has managed to destroy our own habitat, leading to the apparent extinction of our species. While the earth has been able to heal itself without humans around to poison it, it has undergone great changes. Many species are extinct, while others have evolved into very different forms.

This is the world Fisher is "born" into, as a fully-formed boy somehow already knowing things. He emerges from a "birthing pod" to find himself all alone, except
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When a boy named fisher wakes up and every thing is destroyed except a robot that is supposed to help him save the human race they go on an adventure to find out what happened to his spices. When his robot who he named "Click" tells him about the southern ark they go on an adventure to find hope. Wen they get there they meet a robot names the "Intelligence" they find out that he is preserving the humans which means that he put most of the humans in a deep sleep. Fisher and Click don't like it so ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book was for preteen readers when I was already halfway through it, and I had to read the line a couple times to believe it.

Set in the future, humans had ruined the world and were wiped out (along with most animals). A few of them were saved in pods in arks (sort of, copies of them, "blank slate" humans). Some kind of accident happened, destroying an ark, and a caretaker robot started waking humans up to save them. He was only able to wake one in time.

Each human and animal in t
Jeremy Hall
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book The Boy at the End of the World is a wonderful novel written by Greg Van Eekhout is a great Dystopian sci-fi book. Fisher just came into this world and he is already in immediate danger. He finds help from a friendly robot but the world outside is more perilous than it seems. He tries to find other humans but he comes across multiple problems including giant parrots and more machines. The world is in ruins and it is up to fisher and his friend Click to restore it.

This is a great book
Valerie McEnroe
I've been looking for books with robots. This one hasn't gotten much attention, but it's a decent book. It has an older sci-fi feel to it, nothing like modern dystopian books (The Hunger Games, The Uglies, The 5th Wave). It has similarities to The Search for Wondla. A human in the future is on his/her own accompanied by a robot protector.

In some ways this is a complicated story. As the earth succumbs to man's environmental destruction, scientists save DNA from humans and animals to be used in t
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maybe a little too intense for elementary age. Raises lots of philosophical questions. Probably would have freaked me out as a kid, in the same way that Tuck Everlasting did. Man, I hated that book. As an adult, i enjoyed it. Quick, easy read. No swearing, minimal violence. My favorite parts were the prairie dogs and the sarcastic humor.
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Greg van Eekhout writes books. Some are for kids, some are for adults. He lives in San Diego.