The Last Book in the Universe

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Scholastic Inc., Mar 1, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 223 pages
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This fast-paced action novel is set in a future where the world has been almost destroyed. Like the award-winning novel Freak the Mighty, this is Philbrick at his very best.

It's the story of an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz, who begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the planet. In a world where most people are plugged into brain-drain entertainment systems, Spaz is the rare human being who can see life as it really is. When he meets an old man called Ryter, he begins to learn about Earth and its past. With Ryter as his companion, Spaz sets off an unlikely quest to save his dying sister -- and in the process, perhaps the world.
 

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User Review  - rgruberexcel - LibraryThing

RGG: A hero quest (references are made to Odysseus) set in a dystopian world. A strong, entertaining read. The use of slang, which is contextually defined, may be a bit off-putting. Reading Level: U-W, 10-14. Read full review

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User Review  - csweder - LibraryThing

I just read a review of this book, and I agree that it is F451 for lower-level readers....It's a story about the future after a large earthquake has destroyed most of the world. I love distopia books ... Read full review

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Contents

They Call Me Spaz
7
Stealing Is My Job
10
Those Who Remember
17
The Girl with SkyColored Eyes
21
Three Rules for Billy Bizmo
27
The Thing About Bean
31
All News Is Bad News
38
The Smell of Lightning
47
Mark of the Assassin
123
Spaz Boy Melts in the Acid Rain
132
What Bean Believed
138
A Sleep Like Death
145
Their Terrible Swift Engines
148
If the World Were Blue
153
What the Cyber Said
161
Thinking About the Future
170

By the Edge We Travel By the Edge We Live or Die
56
Attack of the Monkey Boys
64
Mongo the Magnificent
71
The Problem with Looping
79
Miles to Go Before We Sleep
85
Fair Maidens Must Be Rescued
92
In the Zone
102
In the Latch of the Vandal Queen
108
Looking for Probes in All the Wrong Places
114
The Bean Is Back
178
What the Boy Said
184
When They Come for Us in the Apple Trees
192
Say Goodbye to Eden
197
The Sound of Jetbikes
208
Fear Itself
213
The Last Book in the Universe
218
Spaz No More
221
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About the author (2002)

I started writing when I was about 12," Rodman Philbrick recalls. Now he is an award-winning author of more than 20 books for both adult and young adult readers. His widely acclaimed young adult novel, Freak the Mighty, was made into a movie, The Mighty. Before finding success as a writer, Philbrick, who is from Boston, worked as a carpenter, boat builder, and longshoreman. "I kept writing because that was the only thing I really wanted to do," he says. He and his wife, Lynn Harnett - with whom he has collaborated on a number of novels for young readers - divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys. For more information about Rodman Philbrick, visit: scholastic.com/tradebooks and rodmanphilbrick.com

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