I had the chance to preview the first few chapters of A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World and was impressed by the strong first-person narrative and the daily life of a dystopian future set long after the end of modern society. There isn’t a deep fear looming from the beginning. So many dystopian novels feed our fears of what may come from current events. A Boy looks at the aftermath instead, showing what life might be like decades or centuries in the future. There are no zombies, no mutant animals or cannibals roaming the countryside. There are only a few scarce families trying to get by on what little they have. In all honesty, that might be more unsettling given the realism of such a world. Of course, the preview only extended eight chapters into the book, so any number of terrifying things might be waiting around the bend.
I can’t say that I’ve read a dystopia that openly referenced other dystopian fiction. The main character is uniquely informed about the history of dystopian and apocalyptic literature. His knowledge lends the book an air of authenticity, leaving the reader feeling like this is the real end of the world, the one that will actually happen.
Overall, the book promises to be a daring exploration of a world near the dusk of humanity. The imminent journey is sure to contain any number of struggles as our brave protagonist forges into the unknown. I look forward to following this one to the end.
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NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. I only publish reviews of books I enjoy, and this novel meets that criterion.