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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Last Dog by Dawn Greenfield Ireland is a dystopian story with an irresistible appeal to fans of dogs and animal lovers. The story is set in a reformed distant future, reconstructed after chaos and governed by the World Guild, a global government that takes care of humanity and animals. Xavier Labs in Colorado and Zheng Industries in China release an experimental agent, XSKL435, which causes the deaths of all dogs, except Abby, a six-week-old puppy belonging to Bill and Teresa Maxwell. Why did this dog survive the epidemic? That is a question the authorities are determined to find out and they will do everything to uncover the truth behind her survival. So the young puppy becomes an object of study and experiment. Abby succeeds in escaping from the laboratory, but now in the wilds she must learn to survive while staying a step ahead of her pursuers. Meanwhile Bill and Teresa Maxwell must avoid getting caught by the authorities while working on ways to find Abby. Can the love they have for each other pull them together in this hostile world?
Dawn Greenfield Ireland has written a book with strong elements of science fiction and the best of dystopian. The setting is 2030 – 2086 NWO (New World Order) and the author captures the spirit of that age brilliantly: “Many people have an inner struggle with change. They don’t want to move an inch out of their comfort zone.” The narrative begins with an opening that presents the political, social, and spiritual backdrop against which the story takes place and moves quickly into the conflict. While it isn’t the world as we know it today, the author makes it plausible, creating characters and concerns that are realistic. The characters are well explored and the author’s ability to anthropomorphize makes Abby the center of the emotion that is well developed in the narrative. The Last Dog is written in beautiful prose and this author writes with clarity and skill. The pacing is fast with biting suspense and surprising twists and readers will be eager to see what happens to the characters.