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The Last Free Cat by Jon Blake February 14, 2013

The Last Free Cat - Jon BlakeJade finds a stray cat in her backyard and tries to convince her mother to keep it.  Sounds pretty normal, right?  Wrong.  This is the not-so-distant future where cats are highly regulated after an outbreak of cat flu.  Now only the super wealthy can afford to buy a registered cat from few companies holding monopoly over the breeding industry.  Never one to follow the rules, Jade keeps Feela, the mysterious feline, hiding her from the authorities.  After all, harboring a non-registered cat is punishable with ten years in prison.

After the death of her mother, Jade needs to find a safe haven for Feela.  With the assistance of Kris, a spunky and intelligent homeless boy, Jade attempts to rescue Feela.  And while she’s at it, she may as well bring down the whole cat breeding conspiracy.

The Last Free Cat is definitely a page turner.  Once I began following Jade’s adventures,  I couldn’t put the book down.  Jon Blake has given us a unique look at dystopian society while commenting on government, animal breeding, and authority.  Or am I just reading too much into this?  Doesn’t matter.  This is a great read.

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