The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake (2008)
Goodreads Summary: Not far in the future, cat flu has meant that cat breeding is strictly controlled, and cats are only for the rich in their private estates. When Feela turns up in Jade’s garden, she can’t resist taking her in, even though it could cost her everything. But then Feela gets sick, and Jade is forced to seek help. But soon Comprot are raiding Jade’s house. When Jade’s mother dies, the only person left for Jade to turn to is Kris, the cynical school loner. Jade has always trusted the authorities, but now she begins to question the very society she lives in. And soon Jade and Kris are on the run…
I’d never heard of this book until recently and I love discovering obscure books. The premise sounded really unique so I couldn’t wait to try it. And I have to say I was totally blown away because I wasn’t expecting much from this book.
I don’t really like YA books and this story does have teenage main characters, but I wouldn’t say it’s at all like other YA books. There aren’t any awkward love triangles, no teen angst, not even really a love story. Instead the focus is all about cats being outlawed and the main characters taking risks to do what they feel is right.
This story is short and so fast paced. I found myself getting so caught up in the action and actually getting nervous when the characters were in danger. The suspense was crazy and the writing was well-done for such a simple story.
The world wasn’t that flushed out but I still felt a great sense of atmosphere. And while I don’t have a pet cat, this book made me really want to get one! So I think all cat lovers will definitely love this book.
Then, the ending, oh wow, I totally wasn’t expecting it at all. There were only a few pages left and I thought everything would be wrapped up nicely with a bow on it when there was a weird twist. Even though I couldn’t have anticipated the ending, I absolutely LOVED it and it’s what boosted the book from maybe a 3 or 4 star book all the way to 5 stars.
I don’t want to say much without giving away spoilers but I recommend this book to anyone, especially people who love YA books, dystopian fiction, cats, or just really good, fun reads.
My Rating: ★★★★★