Y’all, getting to listen to audiobooks at work is going to be a game changer, I think! I’ve read two books in two weeks, with my physical book making it three by the end of this week? WHO AM I? My second audiobook was A Boy And His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher, which was actually narrated by him, too! Which I thought was really cool.
Also: no dogs die in this book, so rest assured in that!
An ARC copy was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Publisher: Orbit Books | Release Date: April 2019 | Pages: 365
Age Range: Adult | Genre: Dystopian | Format: Audiobook | Source: Publicist /Library
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?
On the Page
- Animal death (NOT THE DOG)
- Animal injury
- Captivity and confinement
- Dead bodies
- Disappearance of a loved one/kidnapping
- Grief and loss depiction
- Maritime disasters
- Child death
- Involuntary pregnancy
- Dubious consent scenarios
- Sex trafficking
Content warnings are written up by me, unless specified. Subject to being an incomplete list, though guided by referencing this list and trying to highlight as many as I can identify.
- The twists at the end. So, this book was a solid 3 gem read for me most of the way through. It was okay, but not amazing. It’s a 3.5 star read because of the twists at the end. I did NOT see them coming and it was fascinating. I literally had to pause to truly focus on what I was hearing, it was so impactful and shocking.
- How realism of the importance of dogs. I just really appreciated that there was no question what lengths Griz would go to, after one of their dogs was stolen. I feel like so many people who love dogs would go to the same lengths. I just really appreciated that.
- The snippets we get of this apocalyptic world. I was absolutely FASCINATED to see more of the dystopian in some of the descriptions. I wanted to know what happened to this world so much. The “Homely House” chapter, in particular, got me in my feels.
- The pacing. I felt like the pacing would have sped up just a “wee* bit. There were a few days where I didn’t want to listen at all, because I was a bit bored? By the ending, though, I felt it ended too quickly!
- Ending (sorta). So, like I mentioned with the twists, the ending!! I was floored! But I think I wanted more resolution, i.e., seeing the new reality a bit more. I understand why we didn’t (why would Griz write about it?).
So, for me, A Boy And His Dog At the End of the World was a solid read. It had some hiccups, obviously, but I don’t regret reading it. It got me in my feels more than once and that twist is going to be sitting with me for a long time. If it’s been on your radar, I encourage you to give it a try!