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Title: The Last Wild
Author: Piers Torday
Publisher: Quercus Books
Date of Publication: March 28, 2013
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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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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. Thank you so much to The Book Depository Affiliates Program for providing me a review proof copy of The Last Wild. This, in no way, affected my views of the novel.
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.This novel was fast-paced and gripping and I am once reminded why I also identify myself as an MG reader and reviewer. This is the kind of book which makes you want to read more middle grade novels even if you relate more to young adult or new adult novels.
The world Torday built was believable and too believable at that; it makes you think that it can truly happen. This is where the thought-provoking aspect comes from. It was very vivid and the constant cloud of mystery and the unknown truly helped make the readers feel that something is impending to happen.
The Last Wild’s ending is open for a sequel and if there is indeed a sequel, I will surely read it. I recommend this to MG readers and to animal lovers and of course, to those hoping to read something to ponder on.
About Piers Torday
Piers Torday was born in Northumberland, which is possibly the one part of England where more animals live than people. After working as a producer and writer in theatre, live comedy and TV, he now lives in London – where there are more animals that you might think. The Last Wild is his first novel.