Sunday, December 22, 2013


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Welcome to Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (MMGM), a weekly event hosted by author Shannon Messenger. For a list of other MMGM posts, click HERE.

Piers Torday
Viking Juvenile
336 pp.
Ages 8 - 12

Release Date:  March 18, 2014

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 crazy. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. 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 overenthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?


Lately I've been writing a series of posts called "How To Write A Real Page-Turner." Let me tell you, author Piers Torday has done it. The Last Wild is truly a page-turner. I have to admit that I was unimpressed with the cover design. If I had seen it in a store, I wouldn't have picked it up. The boy with the scarf and the deer with antlers reminded me of Christmas, and I wasn't really in the mood for a Christmas story, which is odd since it is the Christmas season, I know. But I was heading to a doctor appointment and new I'd be sitting around for a while, so I reached into my back of review copies that had been sent to me over the past few weeks, and pulled out The Last Wild.

The Last Wild is a middle grade dystopian novel about a boy taken from his father and locked away for six years in a strange school for troubled children. Kester cannot speak, but soon discovers he can speak telepathically to animals, at least the 'varmits' that survived a plague that wiped out all other animals. These varmits break Kester out, and so begins a fast-paced, edge of your seat quest to find a cure for the plague.  The chapters are short and end with gotta-turn-the-page suspense that kids of all ages will love. I am already anxious to read the next book in the series.

All I can say it - Pre-Order this book now!!!

I give The Last Wild a very enthusiastic:


Profanity:  None
Sexuality:  None
Violence:  Moderate

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds unique and I am definitely curious about it! Thanks to your review it is added to my ever growing list. :) Sounds like a must read! Thanks for sharing. :)