The Last Wild is a new adventure that promotes the protection of animal rights by literally giving animals a voice.
The Last Wild is a captivating story in many ways. On the one hand, through the voice of the main character Kester, we reflect on how humankind has looked after nature, how it has ceased to be respectful and paved the way for its destruction, without a care for the future of the planet. On the other hand, we are made to reflect on this through the voice of the animals, the main victims of humankind’s toxic reign. In other words, Kester will have the great gift of being able to talk to these living beings, going on to be the only person capable of helping them.
So, through his fight to protect the rights of the animals, the main character faces losing his life, demonstrating a sense of nobility which appears to be in short supply in the world in which he lives. Also, by protecting these rights, Kester is rebelling against a hierarchy and a totalitarian mindset. All of which makes this a powerful story for established readers, because the author has created believable characters who they can identify with and, thanks to the format with its short but dynamic chapters, they won’t be able to stop reading until they’ve reached the end of the story.
In short, we got such an adrenaline rush from this story that we can’t wait for the other installments of this new saga, whose quality is assured by an exceptional author, Piers Torday, who was nominated for and awarded the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2014 for this adventure. An award, a book and an author who will make us wish that we had that great gift of being able to talk to the animals.