Wednesday, 4 September 2013
The Last Wild by Piers Torday
review by Maryom
Kester Jaynes, twelve -just about to be thirteen- lost the ability to speak when his mum died six years ago. Now he lives in the Spectrum Hall Academy for Challenging Children, along with others who don't quite fit society's expectations. To be accurate, it's more of a prison than a school but then Kester's whole world is barren and pretty unpleasant - people huddle in the remaining cities, the countryside is devastated and all the animals died due to the 'red eye' virus. At least, that's what everyone believes but Kester is about to discover that at least one small group of animals has survived and that HE is the one person who can help them.
The Last Wild is a thrilling often funny adventure story set against a chilling dystopian backdrop. In a world where all animals were believed to have died of the 'red eye' virus, Kester is the last hope of the few who've survived so far hidden from the watchful eyes of people who would cull them to prevent the spread of the virus and those who see them as dinner. At times it's so funny that you forget the depressing scenario but it does carry a stark environmental warning.
A great adventure book for children who love cartoon films such as Ice Age or Madagascar.
Maryom's review - 5 stars
Publisher - Quercus
Genre - Children's adventure, 9+
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