Recommended age: 8-11

The Last Wild

by Piers Torday

Kester is imprisoned in a school for troubled children. He can't speak. His mum has died and his dad has disappeared. The world is bleak with all the animals dead and there are no means of making food, so a 'formula', where everything tastes of prawn cocktail crisps, is all there is to eat.

One night Kester finds that he can communicate with the cockroach in his room, and pigeons outside his window urge him to let them help him escape.

Alone on the island, Kester discovers that there are still some animals alive, and his adventure begins.

Woodbridge Primary School Year 6 book group agreed this book had both tension and humour, and great characterisation.

This is a fabulous book that had us all completely gripped. Reading just one section of the book at a time for each week's discussion was tough.

It is an action-packed page-turner of a book. We couldn't help but speculate on what was going to happen next, who were the goodies and the baddies, and what was motivating humans and animals in this imagined, apocalyptic world of the near future. And the ending didn't disappoint.

There were lots of animated discussions and we are all keen to read the next two books in this trilogy.

Review date: January 2018
The Last Wild by Piers Torday