Cover image for A boy and his dog at the end of the world / C.A. Fletcher.
A boy and his dog at the end of the world / C.A. Fletcher.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Orbit, 2019.
Physical Description:
365 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
The world used to be crowded before all the people went away, but Griz and his parents were never lonely on their remote island. They had each other and their dogs. Then the thief came. There may be no laws left, but if someone steals your dog, you can expect someone to come after you, because what's the point of love if you're not loyal.

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"This unputdownable story has everything--a well-imagined post-apocalyptic world, great characters, incredible suspense, and, of course, the fierce love of some very good dogs."-- Kirkus Reviews (starred)
When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and The Girl With All the Gifts.
My name's Griz. My childhood wasn't like yours. I've never had friends, and in my whole life I've not met enough people to play a game of football.
My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs.
Then the thief came.
There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you.
Because if we aren't loyal to the things we love, what's the point?

Author Notes

C. A. Fletcher has children and dogs. He lives in Scotland and writes for a living.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Teenager Griz, his two dogs, and the rest of his family live on a small island off the west coast of Scotland. His family has been there since the Baby Bust, a global epidemic of infertility that left the earth almost entirely depopulated. They lead a simple life of farming and fishing until a traveler arrives to trade scavenged equipment for food. The family is suspicious but lets the man ashore. Griz wakes up the next morning from a drugged sleep to see the stranger's vessel sailing off with their supplies and one of his dogs. Griz and his remaining dog Jip leap onto his small boat and give chase. But things don't go quite as expected, and he and Jip end up on the mainland of Britain, which is not as empty of people as he'd been led to believe. Griz is still determined to get his dog back, however, and the many dangers and surprises might slow him down but won't stop him. VERDICT Less violent than Harlan Ellison's classic A Boy and His Dog or Adrian Walker's more recent The Last Dog on Earth, this latest by Fletcher (The Oversight) still provides plenty of excitement and danger in a well-developed posthuman world that isn't quite devoid of hope (or dogs) yet.-Dan Forrest, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.