Review - A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher
Publisher: Orbit Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Date Read: April 29, 2019
Length: 384 pages
Source: NetGalley
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?
My Review

I ended up really enjoying this book.  As soon as I saw the title and read the description for this book, I knew that I absolutely had to read it.  I looked forward to reading this book for months.  Unfortunately, I had a really hard time getting into this book.  I really think that this had more to do with my life than the book but I did have some doubts.  I did hang in there with the book and am so glad that I did but this was a book that I couldn't put down before it was all over. 

I love a good end of the world story and I also love stories that involve dogs.  This book had both of those elements so it had a whole lot going for it before I even got too involved in the story.  I loved this take on the end of the world.  It was a little different than other books that I have read and I thought that it was one of the most realistic explanations that I have seen.  I really felt like this could happen which really added to the impact of the story. 

Griz was a great character and I found him really easy to relate to from the start.  I didn't always understand everything he was doing but I was behind him on his main quest.  Without a doubt, I know that if someone took my dog, I would do whatever was in my power to get her back and Griz felt exactly the same way.  It was really interesting to see Griz navigate parts of the world that he has never seen as he tracked down his beloved Jess.  I loved his descriptions of what was left of the world and found that I was easily able to visualize what he was seeing.

This book is told by Griz as he writes in his journal.  I think that I had a bit of difficulty with Griz's voice at the start of the book but eventually warmed up to it.  There were a few times were words were spelled as Griz heard them instead of the proper spelling which I would have preferred but I think that this was really the best way to tell this story.

I do recommend that readers go into this book as blindly as possible.  There were a few twists that I didn't see coming which made this book really enjoyable.  I do highly recommend this book but strongly suggest that readers avoid any possibility of coming across a spoiler.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Orbit Books via NetGalley.
About the Author

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

Author Links: Website | Twitter


  1. Yeah, that does sound like a good book. Good to know that its journal-style and takes a bit to get into.

  2. I have to read this and have an arc. It got pushed aside in April after the Booker T tragedy because I thought it might be too much for me. I am slating it for June though because so many of my favorite bloggers have loved it.

  3. I love stories with dogs. Excellent review. I hope I can find time to read it. Ok I had to reread the synopsis just to get the post apocalypse part. I usually like this sort of book. Anne - Books of My Heart

  4. I kind of love end of the world books :D I need to find more of them, glad you plowed through it and didn't give up! Sounds like it was rewarding

  5. The end of the world, while searching for your dog. That's a new twist on the story. Glad you enjoyed it and that the author had some good twists in there.

  6. It sounds like you and this book had a bit of a rocky start and even though your mood was a personal problem, maybe the writing style needed some getting used to. I am glad that it was able to balance out in the end and then you could enjoy the book!

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  7. Yep, if someone took my dog they'd be in a world of hurt.

  8. I'm hearing a lot of good things about this book on blogs I visit.

  9. I like how the story is told and can't wait to read this! Thanks for the wonderful review:)

  10. Glad to see this one was worth sticking with, Carole. I love when a book pays off.

    That title is rather alluring. LOL

    Great review.

  11. It's great when you don't see things coming and it's a new one to me

  12. All the bloggers I follow who have read this really liked it, too! I have it on my Kindle list that I check every other day, and I am hoping it goes on special before August so I have it to read for Dog Days of Summer. I need to check Hoopla for it, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 👍✨


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