English / Great Britain

The last wild

Torday, Piers (text)
London: Quercus, 2013. – 325 p.
ISBN 978-1-78087-830-0

Imprisonment | Escape | Survival | Animal extinction | Dystopia | Fantasy novel

Piers Torday began his career writing for theatre, comedy-shows, and television. In his debut novel for children, he describes the world as a bleak place. All animals (except for some insects) have ostensibly been killed by an epidemic called ≫the red eye≪. The country is in quarantine, and life is controlled by the powerful Facto Company. Twelve-year-old Kester Janyes, who is virtually held prisoner in a home for troubled kids, hasn’t spoken a word for years. Yet, when an army of cockroaches and a fl ock of pigeons help him escape, he discovers that he can communicate with animals. The last few animal survivors are hiding in the far north of the country and have summoned him to help them fi nd a cure for the red eye. Thus a difficult, dangerous, and distressful journey starts for Kester and his new friends.

Brimming with idiosyncratic human and animal characters, this novel for children is a fun and gripping read. (Age: 8+)