Monday, May 26, 2014

Summer Reading 2014 The Last Wild

If you enjoy a good story about a hero fighting to save the environment or repairing the world from the devastating effects of man's mistakes,you should give The Last Wild a try. Kester lives in a world where the seas have risen and all of humanity is crowded onto one last island. As if things weren't bad enough, a virus wipes out all animal life and even food crops have had to be destroyed. Luckily, the Factorium has created a formula that can feed what's left of the population. Kester's mother died, his father is an absent-minded scientist, and Kes has been taken away to a school called Spectrum Hall for special cases and been there for 6 years. His problem? He can't speak - he hasn't spoken to anyone since his mother's death. 

But suddenly he is speaking - to animals. To be more specific, he talks in his mind to "varmints" like cockroaches and pigeons and they hear and respond. They also decide to break him out of his school and take him to meet the last wild, a gathering of animals out in the zone between the cities. He must decide if he believes in the great dream of the animals that he will somehow save them. If he accepts this responsibility, then he must return to his home and get his father to create a cure for the virus. Is a mute boy really the savior of nature? How can he get past all the cullers (hunters of any animals still around), the outsiders (humans who refused to move out of the quarantine zone and into the cities), and find a way back into the city? If he hasn't seen his father since he was taken to Spectrum Hall, how can he count on his dad to help? As he travels, Kes meets a girl named Polly, 100 pigeons, a wolf pup, a great stag, a cat named Sidney, a harvest mouse who knows thousands of dances (my favorite is the Stationary Dance of Solid Sleep), and a rather nasty little man called Captain Skuldiss. There is plenty of bravery, humor, kindness, and danger to keep readers involved as Kester works his way towards his destiny.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It was published on March 18, 2014.

You may visit the author's website for more information, or watch the trailer provided by the author.

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