Endling: Book One: The Last

Written by Katherine Applegate

Part of the Endling Series

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Big-hearted anthropomorphic adventure

This classic quest story is perfect for animal-loving adventure-seekers, replete with a kaleidoscope of characters and a high-stake journey driven by the colossal courage of one small creature.

Byx is the lowliest member of her dwindling dairne pack, a mythical doglike species that’s on the verge of being hunted to extinction. While she was “used to being last”, she “did not want to be the last to live”. She “did not want to be the endling” of the dairnes and so when she finds herself alone, indomitable Byx embarks on a perilous quest to find others of her kind, encountering new allies as she braves war-ravaged lands. The writing is pacey and infused with much courage, compassion and hope, and a sparkling sense of legend. This is a heartily nourishing novel for 9+ year-olds with a thirst for fantasy, and readers who love animals and nature.

Joanne Owen

Endling: Book One: The Last Synopsis

Endling - an individual animal that is the last in its species or subspecies Byx is used to being the smallest and the youngest. But for all of her young life, she's also been part of something bigger - part of a family, part of a pack. Until the day Byx finds herself alone, the last of the dairnes: an endling. Byx is determined to see if the legends about other dairnes she's heard over the years are true. She sets off on a quest to find others of her kind, travelling through the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. Along the way, she meets new allies who each have their own motivation for joining her: Tobble, the worthy wobbyk; Khara, the girl of many disguises; Renzo, the thief with honour; and Gambler, the principled felivet. Together they will uncover a secret that will threaten the existence of not just the dairnes, but every other creature in their world. . .

Endling: Book One: The Last Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Endling will draw you into an amazing adventure with fantastical creatures. You will fall in love with Byx, the main character, as she loses her family and finds a new one, human and other. Full review

Lila Arbel (Age 10)

Best book I have read this year so far! It's so exciting and the characters are great. Full review

Bella Rix-Clancy (Age 11)

I really liked this story. I loved the creatures and can’t wait for the next book in the trilogy! Full review

Lily O'Dwyer (Age 10)

Byx, who is like a dog, but isn't quite, she is a Dairne, has to go on a quest to save her family, This is a great fantasy for older children like me, but may be scary for littler ones. Full review

Florence Bridgeman (Age 8)

Brilliant story about a brave dairne Full review

Prisha Yadav (Age 8)

A very exciting, strange adventure. Full review

Rob Anderson (Age 8)

You may be small but you can do big things! Full review

Cecilia Barth von Wehrenalp (Age 9)

A great book that all should read, it will inspire you to never give up and aim for your dreams. Full review

Josh Parcell (Age 11)

Endling: Book One: The Last Press Reviews

Applegate effortlessly constructs her fantasy world, briskly moving readers through its imaginative details while creating winning, unique characters... A bracing, propulsive read that will be a challenge to keep on the shelf. - Booklist (starred review)

A sweeping fantasy epic for the middle grade set that will have readers clamouring for a follow-up -- starred review - School Library Journal

Readers will fall in love with Byx and race with her through Nedarra, breathless and eager, thinking deeply all the way - New York Times

The gripping first instalment of Applegate's new fantasy trilogy assembles a motley crew in a suspenseful, tautly drawn quest. - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Applegate skillfully builds a fully realized world of intrigue and wonder without ever letting up on the story's quick pace. A savvy choice for readers of fantasy. - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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ISBN: 9781783447695
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447695
Publication date: 1st November 2018
Author: Katherine Applegate
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Other Categories: If They Like...They'll Love

About Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children’s bestseller list, and her first middle grade standalone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. She lives with her husband, the author Michael Grant, who she  co-wrote the Animorphs series with, and their two children in Northern California.

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