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Endling #1: The Last por Katherine Applegate
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Endling #1: The Last (original 2018; edición 2019)

por Katherine Applegate (Autor)

Series: Endling Series (1)

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"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 pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true. Along the way, she meets new allies--animals and humans alike--who each have their own motivations for joining her quest. And although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of family--one that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world"--Amazon.com.… (más)
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Título:Endling #1: The Last
Autores:Katherine Applegate (Autor)
Info:HarperTrophy (2019), 416 pages
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Endling #1: The Last por Katherine Applegate (2018)

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The Last has all the brilliant writing Applegate fans have come to expect, but the story never rises anywhere near the level of her other books. The characters are interesting if not entirely fleshed out. The adventure is okay but a bit slow. I expected a grander ending. This book had the feel of a prologue to a more interesting story to come. ( )
  DavidNaiman | Sep 11, 2021 |
Byx may be the last member of her race, the Dairnes. They look like dogs, but walk upright: they can speak and think and become threatened by humans because of their innate ability to tell when someone is lying. Out wandering around one morning, Byx saves the life of a wobbyk (named Tobble) in a daring rescue, making the tiny Tobble indebted to her (to save Byx's life three times.) Shortly thereafter, a human girl (Khara), masquerading as a boy, captures Byx, saving her from the deadly fate of her pack. Khara too is more than she seems, and the three head off to see a leading Scholar to preserve Byx. Treachery threatens them, and Byx is hidden in a prison, where they find a fourth comrade: a large cat-like felivet, named Gambler. After a daring escape from the celebration (?) mourning the end of the Dairnes, the assembled group head off to find Dairneholme, a mythical sentient island, where there may still be Dairnes. It's quite an adventure, filled with camraderie and loyalty, with the classic good versus evil overlay. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
I hadn't been aware that she had written much after I finished Animorphs and Everworld back when I was younger. But, I'm so glad I rediscovered her as an adult. I adored this book and am very excitedly awaiting the next book in this new world! ( )
  Sara_Cat | Mar 6, 2021 |
LOVE LOVE LOVE Applegate's writing. It is sparse yet deep. In this book she is telling the story of Bix - a Dairn (sort of like a softer version of a dog that usually walks upright on its 2 hind legs) who is the Endling - the last of her kind & the characters that she finds & befriends as she is on a quest to discover if any more like her are anywhere in existance. ( )
  Rachael_SJSU | Jul 11, 2020 |
In Endling, dairnes are a species that can tell when someone lies, and they are a governing species. A dairne runt known as Byx is curious and often disappointing to the remaining pack. She asks too many questions, wanders off too many times, and doesn’t seem to be a big help to her family at all. However, when one day she explores a bit too far, narrowly dodges poachers, and rescues a small wobbyk known as Tobble from drowning, her life unknowingly changes forever. Tobble vows to save her life three times as part of Wobbyk Code, and then they become inseparable. But when Byx returns to her home, she finds a massacre of her species - perhaps the last of their kind - and nearly rushes in to join her dead family. However, before she gets a chance, she is shot with a capture arrow and wakes up hours later on the back of a horse. The person who had shot her looked male, but was actually a girl, and pretended to be a boy to continue being a tracker. Raised to believe she should never trust humans, Byx runs away from the girl Khara, and finds herself being suffocated by a large serpent. After a failed attempt of Tobble trying to rescue her, Khara comes to save the day with a beautiful glittering sword. After deciding to stay with Khara, Byx and everyone else head to the Isle of Ursina, where Khara knows a scholar who can provide help. Once they arrive, the island is bustling with people who have come for the eumony for dairnes, signaling their extinction. Byx has to pretend to be a dog in order to stay safe until they meet the scholar Ferrucci and his assistant Luca. Ferrucci orders Luca to bring Byx to the dungeons, and Khara is handsomely rewarded, but when Luca later returns, he tells Byx of his teacher’s evil plans. He breaks her and a girlfriend she made, a large cat known as a felivet named Gambler, out of jail, and the now group of five decide to wait until the end of the eumony is over. As they stake out in a building overwatching the ceremony, a patrol heads up to their room. Everyone but Luca and Khara hide, and the soldiers mistake them for lovers. However, they continued to search the room, and would have opened a chest to find a dairne inside, but Gambler leapt up behind them and distracted them. Byx flew out the window and straight at Araktik, the holder of the ceremony. After several constables chased Byx and Gambler, all five regrouped and snuck onto a smuggler’s boat. In the boat, it’s Byx’s choice where to head next, and she chooses north, where there is the possibility of finding more dairnes. Khara begins to teach basic sword skills to Luca and Byx, but when they realize there is a group of people tracking them, the group risks heading to a raptidon roost. There they meet Rorid Headcrusher, who tested Byx’s lie detecting skills and in trade for the humorous story of her flying into Araktik, told them who was chasing them - soldiers and a Knight of Fire. Everyone hurriedly left, knowing they didn't have much time. They rode to a migrating herd of gorillas, where the Knight of Fire demonstrated his control of fire. In the midst of battle, Byx was able to ride a garilan away from the night, but she left her friends behind, thinking they were dead. To her great surprise and joy, she saw them the next morning, and they told her how they’d been saved by crows. They made it to Sangaria, the city with Murdano's palace. However, there they lost Luca - until he came back, revealing betrayal. Everyone fought off the Pale Guard best they could, even Tobble who was wild looking, but they were all captured and brought to the Murdano. There he tested Byx’s lie detecting skills, and realized that having the last dairne - or last dairnes - would make him the most powerful of all. Byx and Khara swore allegiance to him that they would bring him more dairnes if they found any, but they were of course lying. The group of four now set off accompanied by members of the Pale Guard to capture a few dairnes and kill the rest. However, on the way Byx found an old face who was being tortured by the Knight of Zfire, and riskily freed him. When the now group of 5 again rode off, they knew the Pale Guard would be close behind, and so would the Knight of Fire. They somehow managed to stay ahead of both parties and left them back to fight, hoping they would all kill each other. They set up camp and a trap just in case the Knight survived, and Byx was sent up for watch duty. She caught sight of a moving island, just like the one from the legend of Dairneholme, the fabled home of the dairnes. She thought she saw a dairne, but when she heard Tobble scream, she knew she needed to go protect her friends at camp. Byx and the others led the Knight over the tap, the smoke of his fire concealing the deadly spikes. They were finally free, and decided to continue their journey to the snow capped mountains and moving island.

I loved the idea of being the last of your species, and I feel Katherine Applegate did an amazing job portraying real feelings. Endling was an exciting tale filled with action, suspense, and adventure, and I loved hanging on to every word. The unlikely crew of Byx, the possible endling dairne, two humans, a felivet, a wobbyl, and a faithful horse make this book so much more enjoyable. I loved the details this book used, from the super soft fur of the dairnes to the small magic the governing species can perform. I loved to follow the plot as it foreshadowed possible outcomes of the future that I hope are used in later books! I hope to be able to read the next book and that it is as exciting and adventurous as this one was. ( )
  BPowell.ELA4 | Mar 27, 2020 |
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"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 pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true. Along the way, she meets new allies--animals and humans alike--who each have their own motivations for joining her quest. And although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of family--one that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world"--Amazon.com.

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