Last Wild, The

Last Wild, The

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In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone a bit mad. But the animals have something to say...The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester's help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an over-enthusiastic wolf-cub, a spoilt show-cat, a dancing harvest mouse and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 137 x 205 x 24mm | 330g
  • Quercus Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780878281
  • 9781780878287
  • 377,610

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'I haven't read a book this good and interesting since The Hunger Games ... an edge-of-your-seat fast-paced read' Guardian Children's website. Guardian Children's website
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'Splendid stuff' Eva Ibbotson. 'A darkly comic and hugely inventive adventure ... it could be the next big thing' Eoin Colfer. 'The sequel had better come soon' Observer. 'Thrilling ... Written in a vivid, urgent style, its sense of loss at all the creatures we have lost or are losing may be as critical to the new generation as Tarka the Otter' Times. 'I haven't read a book this good and interesting since The Hunger Games ... an edge-of-your-seat fast-paced read' Guardian Children's website. 'Inventive, with laughs, tears and cliffhangers' Sunday Times. 'An action-packed, dystopian eco-thriller with memorable characters, both animal and human, and a powerful message about the interdependence of man and nature. A promising debut' Daily Mail. 'It's a grim but in no way depressing read, preaching hope amid dystopia' Financial Times.
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About Piers Torday

Piers Torday was born in Northumberland. His career started in theatre and live comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. He then moved into television, where he develops programme ideas. Piers' father is the celebrated author Paul Torday (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen). The Last Wild is Piers' first novel.
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2,469 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 32% (798)
4 36% (896)
3 22% (545)
2 7% (174)
1 2% (56)

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The Last Wild is unique, it's brilliant and definitely worth the read. The story of Kester, who can't talk, and his adventure to save the last of the world's animals is so overwhelmingly inventive and brimming with imagination that I dare you to read it and not be blown away. From what starts off as a disturbingly coherent conversation with a cockroach, Kester Jaynes embarks on a hero's journey to "the last wild" where he meets many more talkative and diverse animals. It's an animal adventure really like no other, in a dystopian world animals are dying, and people are quarantined, and where it feels like it's one boy against the world. Piers Torday writes an amazing debut into children's fiction, that isn't by any means restricted to adults. There are so many layers and nuances to his writing that when I finished, I was momentarily floored, and needed a few days to reflect which was a wonderful thing. I truly believe that kids will grow up re-reading The Last Wild many, many times and each time - with growing life experiences - be able to relate to another character, notice another nuance, or discover another significance that could be applied to their life. The Last Wild has everything you will want in an adventure; it's captivating, one of a kind, with flawed characters, loveable sidekicks, and a memorable story of a boy discovering that he can be a more
by Chantelle Ip
It is hard to find a middle grade novel which can entertain children and yet be thought-provoking for a more mature audience. And so, The Last Wild is a gem on its own for being both. Kester Jaynes embarks on an adventure like no other as he tries to save the last of the world's animals. Being a bullied mute in an institution, he couldn't believe it when he hears animals talking to him. It's a wonderful story how anyone can be a hero. The Last Wild's ending is open for a sequel and if there is indeed a sequel, I will surely read more
by Dianne @ Oops! I Read A Book Again
This story is very unique and really held my attention from the start. The book is about a boy who finds himself taken from his family because of a major virus that has spread around the world. At this institute the boy is bullied by his peers and he really has no one to talk to. He starts hearing voices in his room and he realizes that these voices are coming from beetles in his room. These beetles explain to him that animals outside of the institute are in need of help. The boy escapes the institute and takes it upon himself to help the animals. I really enjoyed this book and I really felt for the main character, but I think that there was a major lack in character development. I think that we are thrown in the story expecting to feel for the character right off the bat, which is hard when you don't really fully understand his situation. Another thing that I felt could have been better in this book was the writing. It felt kind of bland and it was hard to follow. I think this book is great for people who love animals and people who also enjoy dystopian books! I gave this book a 3/5 more
by jessethereader
At first it was the cover that brought my attention to this book. It really stood out from the rest of the books on the shelf with its bright blue cover. The main boy of the Book riding a stag, with two friendly pidgeons. Kester is a twelve year old boy. Locked up for a reason he doesn't understand. He befriends a cockroach, its then he first realizes he can talk to animals. Which is somewhat of an improvement as he is unable to talk to people.There is a illness killing out all the animals people are blaming his father although Kester doesn't know this yet. All he knows at the moment is that he's been taken away and its up to him to help save the animals. They go out on their journey to return to Kester's home and to find his father with a cure. A great story that had me gripped from start to end, how many twelve year old boys do you know that can make friends with a Stag, Wolf-cub, cockroach, and a load of birds! - review taken from my blog - glitterbookworm.tumblr.comshow more
by Kimberley
Young animal lovers of dystopian fiction won't be disappointed by this novel. In the wake of the red-eye disease that has apparently wiped out both domestic and wild animals, Kester is carried away by pigeons and cockroaches - and he can talk to them. Discovering that some animals have survived the plague, he sets off on a quest to find a cure, though the world is full of people determined to thwart his efforts. While the overall plot is predictable and uncomplicated, the concept itself is sweet. My biggest criticism is for the dialogue which, at times, was distracting. Overall, it was a simple but enjoyable book to read. I would happily recommend this book to a confident reader of 10 years to a young adult interested in reading different approaches to the dystopian setting that is now so popular in books for young more
by Dodging Commas
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