The Last Place on Earth
Henry Hawking is sixteen years old, brilliant, funny, and sly. And now he’s missing. But no one seems worried except his best friend, Daisy Cruz, who knows that Henry’s security-obsessed parents would never leave town without taking proper precautions. And Henry would never go away without saying goodbye. Daisy considers all of the obvious explanations for Henry’s disappearance before hacking Henry’s home alarm system and sneaking into his house, where she finds a note that pleads, “SAVE ME.”
When another classmate disappears, Daisy panics, but soon she receives a text message that leads her from her crowded California suburb to a dusty road deep in the mountains and beyond. What she finds there makes her wonder if she ever knew Henry at all . . . and makes her fear that the world as she knows it will never be the same.
From Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
ALAN Pick, April/May 2016
(Assembly for Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE)
Themes of loyalty, friendship, and family bonds are the foundations of a winning story filled with small, poignant moments that, against a background of uncertainty, don’t feel small at all.
Snow’s ... original premise and crisp, unpredictable characters are a compelling reason to pick it up.