The Readers book discussion group met on April 19 to discuss A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher. The book's narrator, Griz, lives on an island with his family and their two dogs. It is a post-apocalyptic story that takes place after something Griz refers to as the "Gelding", in which most of the population has died out due to infertility. A stranger comes to the island and steals one of Griz's dogs. When Griz wakes the next day and realizes this, he decides to chase the stranger down and retrieve his dog.
"A man stole my dog.
I went after him.
Bad things happened."
The group gave the book an overall rating of 3.75 stars out of a possible 5. Everyone felt that the book had a slow start, especially when Griz is on the beginning of his quest. It is hard to carry a story when you are the only character. As Griz gets further into the journey, the action picks up. He meets another person and his descriptions of the surroundings make for great visuals. While the book can be a little sad, given the nature of the story, there are many events sprinkled throughout that make the reader smile. One such moment is when Griz and his new companion come across an old gramophone and hear music for the first time. The end of the book has a couple of "did not see that coming" moments that make for a great finish. All in all, A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World is definitely worth reading.