Review of ‘The Last Wild’ by Piers Torday

WrenI’ve been a bit quiet recently because 6 weeks ago I gave birth to a lovely baby girl called Wren. Throughout my pregnancy and early weeks of being a new mum I was very distracted and found it much harder to find the time to read. This is a particular shame as obviously I adore reading.

I am determined to get back to reading much more frequently and have just finished the first book since I gave birth. I managed to do this by reading out loud to Wren when I am feeding her. It’s supposed to be really important to read to children and I’ve decided that since she’s so long it doesn’t really matter what I read it’s just the reading that counts.

The Last WildI picked The Last Wild because I thought it would be a short easy read to get started with, but I’m really glad I did. It is a funny, engaging young adult book which I genuinely enjoyed and which actually lent itself quite well to being read out loud.

I didn’t know anything about this book, from the cover I thought it would be about a boy running around on Scottish moors and befriending a deer, so I was quite surprised when it opened with a boy who can’t speak living in a boarding school in a future dystopia where all the animals have died. One day the boy Kester Jaynes discovers that he is able to speak to vermin, seemingly the only non-human creatures left. He is rescued from the boarding school by some cockroaches and pigeons and taken to the last place on earth where animals live. Here he joins with a stag and a wolf cub to take on a quest to cure the illness which has killed the animals.

In some ways this book is your standard children’s quest book, with a journey and various challenges and dangerous situations along the route. However, I think it is a cut above many of these books because it is genuinely funny in places. I loved the character of the wolf-cub, who is constantly declaring that he is the best at everything and the harvest mouse who has a special dance for all situations. It’s a really fun read which I think most early children aged about 10 onwards would enjoy.

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6 thoughts on “Review of ‘The Last Wild’ by Piers Torday”

  1. Firstly, congratulations!! Wren is so beautiful!! Secondly, I need to read this book. Several of the kids at school have read it and loved it! It’s definitely on my TBR list.

  2. OH!!!! Congrats! What a beautiful girl. I LOVE her name. Wren. LOVE.

    I’ve been on a mad MG and YA reading spree. This sounds like a good read.

    Also… I missed reading after having my daughter. So little time. So tired. I started listening to audiobooks during her feedings. (It took me forever to feed her. Not always easy.) I think the narrators’ soft voices helped her fall asleep. You might enjoy trying this too.

  3. What a lovely baby! Congrats! Reading to her is one of the most wonderful things you could do for her. I saw this book advertised and thought it looked interesting. I need to add it to my TBR list.

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