The Last (Endling, #1) by Katherine Applegate

The Last (Endling, #1)

First Katherine Applegate thrilled readers with the action-packed Animorphs series. Then she stole our hearts with the award-winning The One and Only Ivan. Now she takes us on an unforgettable journey in this first book of an epic middle grade series!Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra.After her p...

Details The Last (Endling, #1)

TitleThe Last (Endling, #1)
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy

Reviews The Last (Endling, #1)

  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusDid not meet the needs of my collection at this time.
  • Holly McGhee
    my 12 year old son couldn't put this down. Carried it with him all around NYC yesterday, nose in the book, despite no mittens.
  • Marzie
    4.5 StarsThis is an engaging read. The Last, which is actually the first in the Endling series is a book targeted to middle-grade readers. It should appeal to children who have loved anthropomorphic fantasies along the lines of the Redwall series. Applegate gives us an appealing protagonist in Byx, member of a sentient species called the dairne, who have a dog-like appearance but walk upright like humans. Set in the world of Nedarra, war ravages ...
  • Lauren
    A wonderful beginning to what will be a phenomenal middle-grade series. One that leads its readers to think deeply about worthiness, truth, and the power of hope.
  • Sara
    Enjoyed it, thought it was a good read. Lots of action and the plot moves nicely. Will certainly purchase for my school library.
  • Linda
    Katherine Applegate, author of the Newbery Award winner The One and Only Ivan has started a fantasy series which is sure to appeal to her many readers. This first book, The Last, introduces us to the world of Nedarra, a world inhabited by many different peoples of which the humans are one of the six great governing species. Unfortunately the humans are taking over and they are doing it by exterminating the other great species including the dairne...
  • Meagan
    *ARC provided by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review."I was small. And sometimes disappointing. But I knew I could be brave as well. I was not afraid to be the first to die. I just did not want to be the last to live. I did not want to be the endling."Some paragraphs in a new book just reach in and grab your inner child by the heart strings and you know you're hooked. That's what happened to me. This fantasy adventure/journey story of...
  • Laura Mossa
    A very special thanks to Harper Stacks for sending Endling the Last to my #bookexcursion group in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.In the first book of Applegate's new middle grade series,  Endling #1: The Last, readers have the opportunity to visit Nederra, a world inhabited by not only humans but other sentient animal species.  The main character, Byx is a dairne, one of the six great governing species of Nederra.  Dair...
  • KB
    The Last (Endling #1) is a stunning middle grade book about loss, identity, and family. I fell in love with this book from page one. Byx, a dairne, is a free spirited character, full of curiosity, who did not have it easy growing up as the runt. She was always told she would be the first to die when danger finally came for their family. It was a darkness that loomed over her. One day when curiosity overtook her, she wandered a distance away from ...
  • Melanie Dulaney
    Such talent Applegate has! Years ago, my son was an avid reader of her sci-fi Animorphs series and every year, at least a few of my 4th and 5th grade library patrons also get hooked on that one. As K. A. Applegate, she writes for the YA audience. Fans of the more tender and thoughtful are moved by One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, and Wishtree and now she gives us something entirely different with “The Last,” book 1 in the Endling series. I would ...
  • Amanda
    This was a Goodreads giveaway win. This is not necessarily a book I would pick up without a recommendation, but since I won it, what the heck... I was not necessarily being pulled through the story in a way where I could not put the book down, though there were a couple moments like that. The story progressed in a steady rate. Byx is a young Dairne (similar to a dog, but can walk upright and has thumbs), who very quickly becomes the last of her s...
  • Sharon
    4th&upOne night Byx, the runt of the dairne litter and the exasperation of her family, disobeys curfew and sneaks off to explore. Upon her return with a new friend (a wobbyk named Tobble), Byx finds that her entire community has been slaughtered, and she might be an endling- the last of her species.This terrible event kicks off a grand adventure where Byx, Tobble, and some other new acquaintances set out to find a safe place for Byx in the midst ...
  • Kim McGee
    Katherine Applegate has the unique ability to tell a story where we fully believe that animals speak, have far better intentions, are loyal, make better friends and are on a higher moral ground than humans. Just as we fell in love with Ivan we now love her new rebel group of humans and animals thrust together to survive. Byx is a very unusual creature. She is similar to a dog but can walk upright, fly and can use her hands as a human would. Her f...
  • Auburn Library
    In Endling: The Last, Katherine Applegate puts us in the mind of Byx, once part of a pack, and now the last of her species that is valued for the ability to detect the truth... or is she? This book is aimed at fans of books like The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia in the sense that this book features a whole new complex world and a story that barely even scratches the surface of the hugeness of what has been created. I like how the book throws...
  • Melissa Biehl
    I loved this story of Byx and her companions. She is a dairnes, which is a dog like creature who can walk erect, has hands like people, swing from trees and has a pouch. She is the runt of her pack. Byx is thrust into a life on the run when her family is attacked by the humans who want to get rid of the other species that govern Neddara. She finds some unlikely allies with different creatures and humans that are as unlikely heroes as she is. Such...
  • Amanda Hagerty
    I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway in return for honest review. I enjoyed this book. My first book I have read by Katherine Applegate. And will not be my last. I now want to read more her. For a middle grade book amazing and can’t wait for my oldest son to read. Byx knew she wanted more and she meet new friends along the way who was there for her. I thought Tobble was so cute and brave and was always there Byx. Then story had everyt...
  • Mary
    With rich world building and a fast paced narrative that will leave readers breathless, the first book in the Endling series will leave readers clamoring for more -- immediately! Similar to Lloyd Alexander in plot and characterization, Applegate has used the best literary devices of the heroes' quest to create a story that feels both new and familiar. A beautiful tale of honor, betrayal, friendship, self-sacrifice, and the reminder that family is...
  • Jenny
    Byx is an endling, the last of the species of dairne that once inhabited the world. Her kind has been hunted to extinction because of their ability to detect lies. Naturally, humans find this dangerous. Byx decides to trek north, following the rumor of a sentient island that is home to the rest of the dairne species. Along the way, she encounters others that join her, while others betray her for their own selfish purposes. Readers will feel truly...
  • Jenny Chou
    From the first page, Katherine Applegate’s eloquent writing stirs up the excitement of adventure to come. In the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra, animals live in an uneasy alliance with humans. After her pack is murdered by poachers, Byx is thought to be the last remaining dairnes, a dog-like species that glides like a bird, speaks, and is perceptive enough to tell the truth from a lie. She sets out on a journey to the icy cold north, holding tight...
  • Carrie Carlson
    A little difficult to get into with all the unusual names and species, but a good story overall. Quite a bit of fighting and violence, so I’ll recommend to grades four and five. Humans seem mostly evil and selfish in this book.
  • Rebecca Burgess
    I found this book interesting and well developed. Knowing that you might be the last of a species can result in finding inner strength and determination. I look forward to continuing the journey with Byx and his unlikely friends.
  • Aliza Werner
    Kids who are fans of animal high fantasy will love the adventures, creatures, lands, and relationships Katherine Applegate creates. The first in a new series.
  • Keitha
    I really enjoyed this book. It has the feel of a great fantasy series.
  • S
    My 12 year old daughter absolutely loved this book. She read it in one night!