The Last Book in the Universe

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The Last Book In The Universe
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The Last Book In The Universe By Rodman Philbrick was, in my opinion,an amazing book. It has the perfect mix of action,adventure,and drama. Rodman Philbrick elaborately represents the idea of what the world would be like without books. In my opinion,that's a scary place. Now I'm no chicken but a world with out books would be intolerable. The theme of "what if" brings this future dystopia to life in the minds of Philbrick's young adult readers. Rodman Philbrick show's aspects of many things that could happen in the future. One natural disaster could bring the whole world tumbling down. Genetic improvement could cause Many cures to illnesses to be lost. The loss of books could lead to people to lose their memory, and many other disasters.
The Protagonist and narrator is a boy named Spaz, who lives in The Urb. The Urb is what the world could look like in the future. A pitch black sky due to smog. Skyscrapers Stripped of Their Exteriors because of erosion. Nothing but dirt or concrete for the ground. A run down and horrific place surrounding a paradise, Eden. Eden is what the world is today, without the genetically improved Proovs. Eden has blue sky's,green grass, and tall trees. In a word, it is, Perfection. Eden's main purpose is being home to genetically improved human beings (called proovs) and is restricted from anyone living in the Urb. When Spaz get's word that Bean, his adopted sister, is dying from a blood sickness, we call leukemia, He Set's out With an old gummy named Ryter and a stackbox child called Little Face, to see Bean before she dies. After running into a Proov named Lanaya. The Four continue on their journey to find Bean. Upon finding her they learn that Bean is beyond the Urb's medical help. Lanaya, after taking a liking to Bean, Decides to take Bean to Eden to be cured. But will Eden allow it?
The book displays the many "What if's" of the future. It displays that if we lose books we will lose not only our knowledge but our memory as well. Although it may sound scary, it's true. I completely Agree with Mr. Philbrick's message in this novel. We need books! WE just simply can't do without them. No matter what we think, we can't. Philbrick's message rings true to all readers. The future is a scary place. It's up to us to change that. I HIGHLY Recommend you read this book. Not only so you can see what i'm talking about for yourself, but because it really makes you think. "What if?" And so i will not leave you with a quote from the novel.
"Do not despair my friend, today is theirs, but the future is ours"
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This Book is vivid. it has a strong story line chocked full of characters.
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Reader reviewed by Crayton

there is a kid named Spaz living in a demolished town and he needs to find his non-blood sister bean. So he heads out on a long adventure with an elder writer named Ryter. He has many obstacles in his way. Does he ever find his sister ,Bean before she dies?! It's killing me that you are not reading this book right now!
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Suspenseful and futuristic
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Reader reviewed by Jonah

The Last Book In The Universe is one of the best books to read if you love suspense and places setting place in the future. I'm 14 years old who does not like to read books, so when my English teacher told me that I had to choose one of the following options, I got really annoyed. When I chose this book it changed my perspective dramatically about reading. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future city, called The Urb, which has been disturbed by an  earthquake known as "The Big Shake". The Urb is plagued by poverty ,
gang warfare, and the use of mindprobes, which are analogous to hard
drugs and which enable users to temporarily escape their harsh lives.
Genetically improved people, called "proovs," live happily in a place
called Eden. The Main characters in this story are Spaz, Ryter, Lanaya, and Bean and Little face. When Spaz finds out that his stepsister Bean is diagnosed of leukemia, Spaz, Ryter, Lanaya, and Little Face set on a journey to find Bean and take her to the peaceful place of Eden for genetic surgery that will cure her cancer. This book is one of the best suspense and future books that you will ever read.

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An Exciting Adventure in the Future
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The Last Book in the Universe
By Rodman Philbrick
Review by Jordan Brown


I like science fiction and I know when I have seen a good sci-fi movie or read a good sci-fi book. The Last Book in the Universe is a good sci-fi book. The way that things were in the future of that world is pretty cool.

I really liked the book for the most part because the main character, Spaz, has some problems of his own that he has to deal with, and yet he still, against all odds, went to help his sister. He is forbidden to go by his leader Billy Bizmo. He has no idea how he is going to do it. But he still goes.

All of the characters are interesting. Ryter is an old man who wants one last adventure. Little Face is a little boy who cant speak and has no family. Billy Bizmo is the latch boss of Spazs latch. Bean is Spazs foster sister who is sick. And there are many more characters.

It is a good story about a boy who wants to help his sister, who is sick, no mater what it takes. A boy who is so very different from every one else where he lives. A boy who has fought to survive for most of his life.

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Future is Near
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Reader reviewed by Lex


The novel, The Last Book in the Universe, is a futuristic novel that will keep you on the end of your seat through the entire book. You will wish there was a second book after you finish it. Set in the future, where the sky is gray and the ground is asphalt, the book takes you on a journey of a life time. This book is extremely worth reading, because it will get a person thinking about what the future will actually be like. It is a must read for all ages.

Spaz, who is the main character, is a 14-year-old boy who is terribly lonely and confused about life. When he meets an old gummy named Ryter, he gets even more confused. When his sister calls for immediate help, he sets out with Ryter and their little friend, Little Face to help her. They pick up a proov, an improved person, along the way. Meeting Monkey Boys, Mongo the Magnificent and Vandals alike, they will have to journey to the other side of the Urb, and finally into the lush Eden. This book is perfect for girls and boys alike.


With approximately four main characters, this book is filled with evil and kind people alike. Spaz is a 14-year-old with an attitude, but loses it soon after he realizes how dangerous the journey will be. Ryter is an old but wise old man who insists on coming on the trek. Billy Bizmo, the latch boss, forbids Spaz to go to find his sister. But in the end, Spaz finds out why Billy has especially liked him. Lanaya, the proov girl whom Ryter saved, is a prissy but brave girl of about 13. She takes them to Spazs sister, but not without jumping through a few hoops first.

This book teaches that when a friend is in need, do everything possible to help. This is a very important virtue to learn while young. This is perfect book to hear that message. There is absolutely nothing wrong about this book, so it is highly recommended for all ages that can understand. The quote I like best, Today is theirs, but the future is ours, is a very awesome quote, because it is really true.

It is a book worth your time, and you will be left thirsting for more. Then you can check out more of Rodman Philbricks books.
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Interesting Futuristic Novel
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Reader reviewed by the book muncher

This is another kind of futuristic society. Entertainment comes in the form of mindprobe needles: just stick one in and its like youre inside a movie. But Spaz doesnt know that, because he has reactions to the needles. Books are the stuff of legend; theyre from the backtimes, before the Big Shake. Spaz lives in the Crypts under the protection of Billy. But he has to steal from other people to maintain his position there. One day he is sent to rob a man named Ryter, an old gummy who lives in the Stackbox with some very crazy ideas. Spaz brushes this man off as crazy.

But Spaz soon receives a message from a runner that his sister Bean is sick. He desperately wants to see her again before she dies, and since Billy doesnt offer any help, he sets off with Ryter and a five-year-old kid they call Little Face. Together, they travel to Bean and her family, only to discover that Bean cannot be cured. They seek aid from a proov names Lanaya. She takes them into Eden, where doctors are able to cure Bean of her leukemia. However, conflict arises and all of them are eventually thrown out with the exception of Little Face, who is hidden by Lanayas parents.

I would hate to live in the society presented in this novel, because, well, I love books. And I immensely enjoyed this one. It is very thought-provoking, as are many futuristic novels. The ending was mostly happy but more hopeful than anything else. I think there is a great message in this book: that we should always hope for a better future and strive to make it better. I highly recommend this book to all thoughtful readers.
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If There Was One Book Left in the Universe
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Reader reviewed by Kay

The Last Book in the Universe
By Rodman Philbrick
Published by The Blue Sky press

I loved this book because it made me feel like I never wanted to put it down because if I did it might not be there when I came back for it. This book is about Spaz, a teenager who lives in the future, a future of grey skys, concrete, and acid rain, after something called the big shake destroyed earth. Oh, and this book is told from Spazs point of view. Spaz, accompanied by an old man and a feral child, must journey through a land of ruins and wild mobs to see his sister who lies on her death bed. But that is not the only struggle that is taking place in the future that Spaz lives in. Someone is sneaking mind probes (a kind of virtual world that is loaded into your head) into the city were Spaz lives which are rotting peoples brains and making them loose their memories so that they revert back to their animal instincts. This book is very fast paced but yet I understood Spazs emotions very well. Spaz has a lot of sadness and anger along with a bit of self-dislike that he must overcome and this makes for on-the-edge-of-your-seat reading but the end is so touching it makes up for any reservations about the book going by so fast. Rodman Philbrick sums up Spazs life so well that it makes this one of my favorite books that he wrote. Of all of his books this is probably my favorite one. I wish he would write a sequel although it would be unfair to ask him not to enjoy his time in Florida (He and his wife divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys). Rodman Philbrick started writing in sixth grade and if Im lucky he will keep writing for a long time yet.
One of the reasons I loved this book is because of the way Spaz tells it. He is full of emotions and his emotions are very catchy. All through to book I felt as though I was really Spaz, sharing his dreams, hopes, and fears. I think that the writer sends a clear message that its important to look to the future but never forget your past because without that you can never have a future. One of my favorite scenes in the book is when Spaz and Ryter, the old man, are talking about what it used to look like before the big shake. In it Ryter tells Spaz The only real treasure is inside your head& memories are better that diamonds and nobody can steal them from you.
There are several other charters besides Spaz. There is Lanaya, a proov (genetically improved person) who is a snob but very brave, proud but a natural leader. Then there is Little Face, a feral child who follows Spaz around and can only say one word. I could not forget Bean, Spazs sister, an exceptionally smart person. And last but not least, Ryter, an old man that writes everything thing down in a book and has, as Spaz puts it a white beard and a walking stick and a heart so big it wont stop him thinking he can change the world by writing things down in a book that no one will ever read.
All through the book Spaz argues with Ryter about why Ryter is writing the book. Spaz keeps insisting that no one with ever read it but Ryter keeps trying to explaining why he is writing the book. In the end it becomes Spaz writing the book and its up to you to read the book and find out why.
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A scary future!
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Reader reviewed by Dominique

Imagine a world where books did not exist and instead, people used mind-rotting 'mind-probes' for entertainment. In this same world, gangs rule the different territories and it's a dirty and filthy world.

After a difficult past, Spaz needs to watch his back to survive. Spaz suffers from epilepsy (that's how he got his nickname) and is seen as weak. His condition puts him in danger, but when he meets Ryter one day, his life changes forever. Ryter is writing the a book, even though books are unheard of in their day. He also meets 'Littleface' that tags along in his adventures.

One day, Spaz gets news that his sister, Bean, from his former life (before living with the gang he lives with now) is dying and wants to see him. Can Spaz make his way with Ryter and Littleface past the other gang territories and save Bean's life? Along the way, he meets a proov (a genetically improved and perfected person) named Linnea that surprisingly wishes to assist Spaz and his new-found friends on their quest. But even with a proov, can this group of friends accomplish what they set out to do?

This was a scary look on what the future might hold, but a fantastic read! It was an action-packed story that had a bittersweet ending and several surprising twists! If you like futuristic stories like The Giver, then you might enjoy this story as well!
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Can't imagine Life without Books!
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Reader reviewed by Bettina

Spaz is a kid living in the future. the future world is dirty and there are different areas ruled by different gangs. There are also mind-rotting virtual reality devices called mind-probes. Worst of all, there are no books.

When Spaz finds out that his old family's daughter is sick, he is determined to go across the other gang's territories to save her. Along with him comes an old man called Ryter that is writing a book, a little kid that Spaz calls "Little Face", and a proov (a genetically improved being) that surprisingly wants to help. Spaz finds new things about himself and astonishing information about the proovs along the way.

I thought that this book was pretty good. It is an intresting idea of the future. I hope that our future will go forward and not backwards. I can't imagine life without books.
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Mas O Menos (so-so, in Spanish)
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Reader reviewed by ♥KikiGirl♥

I didn't really like this book. I'm kind of past the fantasy, "Oh come save me please" kind of books. However, I would reccomend this book to a a younger reader, hmmm, maybe 9 years old.

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