Kester has been locked away from his father for six years in Spectrum Hall for Challenging Children. The children live in a glass-encased environment as protection against a virus that reportedly was carried by animals which have now all been slaughted. Manufactured food alone is now available through a singular outlet.
With longing and faith in his father still strong, Kester retains his sanity by befriending a cockroach. But he discovers an amazing thing about himself and the cockroach which brings about a most incredible journey of discovery and renewal.
The personified characters are vibrant; the dialogue sharp, and the descriptions and scenes visible in the mind’s eye. I loved this book which was impossible to put down until the last word was read.
A sequel, The Dark Wild, is scheduled for release in April 2014.
Title: The Last Wild
Author: Piers Torday
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2013
For ages: 10+
Type: Middle Fiction