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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Review: The Last Dog on Earth

















The Last Dog on Earth takes place in a post-apocalyptic world told from the point of view from a dog. 


Total Rating: 6.9/10

Originality: 9/10

Language: 5/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Characters: 9/10
World building: 6/10
Fun: 7/10
Predictability: 5/10
Believable: 7/10
Relevancy: 7/10
Cover: 7/10

Genre: Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic


THE BOOK:
A dog called Lineker lives with his human Reg in an almost empty London. Reg enjoys his secluded live, and struggles when a small child comes into his world. He is not used to take care of anyone else beyond himself, and of course, Lineker, anymore. The chapters alternate from the point of view between Reg and Lineker. 

Originality: 9/10
I love post-apocalyptic novels. That is enough for me to love and buy a book. The point of view of a dog adds a bonus point for uniqueness. However, there seems to be not much more to it than that. The end of the world is a great canvas to tackle lots of issues, but the opportunity has been missed. Maybe just because the novel is largely told from the point of view of Lineker, the dog, issues do not go in depth. 

Language: 
5/10

However, my god the swearing. Do not think me frugal - I support swearing. It helps with stress, scientifically proven. However, Lineker just swears when it is unnecessary. It made me want to skip bits of his chapters, and made me incredibly uncomfortable. 

Atmosphere: 7/10
The end of the world atmosphere does catch on - even if not strongly. Reg and Lineker get by just fine (I am not sure how) but there are dangers outside. 

Characters: 9/10
Reg has Agoraphobia, not liking to go out since the end of humanity. Being an electrician he can provide for himself and survive alone. Snippets from his previous life make him seem vulnerable, and his difficulties to include others into his life even if they are in need makes him seem a realistic human that is not all black or white.
At the same time, Lineker is quite funny, and has incredible in depth view of humanity. Many of his thoughts are almost philosophic. At the same time though I have to deduct a point because his language just shocked me. 

World building: 6/10
I really really missed more in depth understanding of what happened to the world. We learn there were some governmental issues and people then moving out of London. But there it stops. Maybe this is a way in which Reg and Lineker deal with it - there is not much beyond their own small lives. I still dearly missed a retelling of how things fell apart. 

Fun: 7/10
The story starts off great - but then it almost seems like it the adventure and mission starts to lose its way and disappear. This book somehow struggled to keep my interest, I had to force myself multiple times to continue reading. Again I wonder whether this is done on purpose, that there is this large adventure that does not come to anything, like life in some way.  

Predictability: 5/10
I did not understand the motives of all characters, therefore could not predict anything either in a good or bad way. 

Believable: 7/10
I understand if people gave up on this novel - it lacked human decency and was dark and raw. But this is what I liked about this novel. If the world ends, people can either be all helpful and unite, or selfish and secluded. I honestly think I would tend to be like Reg - enjoy my loneliness and avoid other humans, even if they look like they might could use help. Does it make me a bad and selfish human? Maybe. But it is honest. 

Relevancy: 7/10
Lineker has some really deep thoughts about humanity, the end of the world, love and other concepts. Those were really lovely to read and think about. 


Cover: 7/10
The cover is nothing ground breaking. The bright yellow and cartoon-y design might have slightly mislead from the abusive language in that novel. 


Total Rating: 6.9/10
An enjoyable read, but in hindsight, I enjoyed Adrian Walker's first post-apocalyptic novel more. I would recommend reading that one first (The End of the World Running Club) and maybe even instead of  The Last Dog on Earth.

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