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5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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The Last Dog

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After the Unified World Pact of 2045, people lived in a state of peace and prosperity previously unknown in human history.

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After the Unified World Pact of 2045, people lived in a state of peace and prosperity previously unknown in human history. The World Guild, a new global government, managed all the needs of humanity and the animals it loved.

Then in 2086, a security breach of Xavier Labs in Colorado and Zheng Industries in China released the deadly experimental agent XSKL435. Anyone outside was dead within minutes.

As statistics on the death toll are gathered from all over the world, Abby, the six-week old dog-daughter of Bill and Teresa Maxwell, was one of only four known surviving canines. News services soon announce that the other three dogs had succumbed to the deadly poison. Abby was now the last dog.

You’re invited on a journey with a puppy who longs for home after she is confiscated and held captive at a lab, and the family who are determined to get her back at all costs.

After escaping from the lab, Abby must quickly learn how to survive in the wild. Bill and Teresa must devise a plan to find Abby without being arrested themselves.

Neither Abby, or her parents know whether their plans will work, if they will survive the journey, or if they will be reunited. But love of family drives them onward.

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Marcha Fox
Marcha Fox
This story is not only original, but science fiction at its absolute best. While the story is suitable for young adults, it has enough substance to satisfy even a hardcore science fiction fan like myself. Animal lovers will especially love it, since one of the main characters is a dog. The story is set in the 2080s in a dystopian setting. The author provides background in the prologue, which explains how different events in the 21st century, of both a political and natural disaster variety transformed the United States. It was a story in itself, which was not only tremendously interesting and entertaining, but showed how much thought and creativity the author has invested to develop this outstanding story. Probably the most important technological angle is the development of the Dot, invented by one of the main characters, Bill Maxwell, which enables dogs to talk. The human birth rate has been greatly compromised, so few are able to have children. Thus, having dog and cat "children" is the norm. Anyone who's ever had a beloved pet knows they are like our children. Then add the ability to have them talk to you and you can imagine how amazing that would be. However, another disaster comes along, which kills millions of people as well as nearly all the dog and cat children, except a puppy named Abby, who belongs to Bill and Teresa Maxwell. However, Abby is taken by the government under the pretense of trying to find any other canine survivors and cloning or otherwise finding a way to re-establish the canine population. Meanwhile, a robotic dog has also been created, which is endowed with artificial intelligence. One of these in particular, named Rex, is another major character who is entirely endearing. While all of this probably sounds pretty far-fetched, the author has done a fantastic job of creating a futuristic world where it all comes off as believable. Furthermore, if you're an animal lover, chances are you already talk to your pets and can imagine them talking back. The gist of the story relates to if and how the Maxwell's and Abby will ever be reunited. I absolutely loved it and know that I will someday read it again, which is the highest recommendation I can ever give a book because my TBR is so long, it's a rare book indeed that I indulge in more than once If you're a science fiction fan you'll love the technologies and if you're a dog or cat lover, you'll love the pet angle. I highly recommend this heart-warming and original story from one of my favorite authors.
Steven Arnett
Steven Arnett
A dog story unlike any other! What an imagination this writer has! I hadn’t read a dystopian novel before because I didn’t think I’d enjoy that niche of fiction, but I definitely enjoyed this book. Also, as a dog lover, I certainly enjoyed the dog characters and the story! The Last Dog is a good read that holds the reader’s interest from beginning to end. It’s an original, and I can pretty much guarantee you that you haven’t read anything like it before. It combines the best of a dog story with science fiction and will appeal to readers of both genres. Readers who like to think about the future of the world will also enjoy comparing their own theories to the ones in this world of the 2080s. Highly recommended!
Geoffrey Pierce
Geoffrey Pierce
For some reason, I've always been a bit skeptical when it comes to books with animals as the main characters, although by now I shouldn't be - some of the great classics of literature are about animals or from the POV of animals - think Watership Down, Animal Farm, Maus, White Fang, and Charlotte's Web. These are all books I love. It didn't take long after beginning The Last Dog to realize that I was in good hands and this was a very capable author creating a very interesting world with wonderful and dynamic characters. First of all, the story begins with this fascinating sort of historical missive. You can tell the author put a lot of thought into possible outcomes for the future, and many of them feel very plausible. In fact, these first few pages are fertile ground for creating new stories, if she were to choose. At some points, I wanted to spend more time on these various historical blips, but I also realized that there is limited time/space/attention for such things. But this list of historical events serves an important purpose helping us to feel the gap in history between our current moment and the time in which this story takes places, far in the future. Something interesting happens as we examine this list because things happen so quickly, each event/epoch like a blip, these massive changes make life, earth, and the way we've organized our world feel distant and absurd, in a good way. There are some really interesting and unique ideas about future technologies too, not least of which is the advancements in animal communication devices. The multi-purpose DOT, for some reason, made me think of Dave Eggers' "The Circle." There are also some great social/psychological changes in the future - the oddity of news/newscasters and the color-coded N-bits. I felt it was just a little slow getting to the action, but the author does a great job of setting up the "normalcy" of the world. And so when the action hits, it really hits. In general, there's good prose, good dialogue, good scenery description, sympathetic characters, and good action. As I was reading this book I had the feeling that each aspect was thoroughly thought out. And then when I reached the end, "Acronyms and Terms," my suspicions were confirmed.