"It's never wrong to hope, Byx. Unless the truth says otherwise."A fantasy series by Katherine Applegate, Endling: The Last stars Byx, member of a bipedal canine race called dairnes. After the rest of her pack is killed by human poachers, she fears she is the endling of her species. Byx sets out to investigate legends of more dairnes. It was published in 2018. Later, a sequel was published, Endling: The First, continuing Byx's search for dairnes with her companions Khara, Renzo, Gambler, and Tobble.
The Endling series contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Khara is skilled with a sword or a bow. She teaches Byx a few moves with a sword, who then uses them effectively in battle, making her one too.
- Back for the Dead: Luca appears in the second book after being Put on a Bus, only to die soon after.
- Badass Adorable: Tobble is a small, fluffy wobbyk, but he repeatedly tells the others that they don't want to see an angry wobbyk. When he finally gets in a fight, he's easily capable of defeating humans much larger than him.
- Cats Hate Water: Gambler the felivet can swim, but he doesn't enjoy it.
- Five-Man Band:
- The Leader: Khara makes decisions for the group, and is usually the one to introduce them to others.
- The Lancer: Byx is loyal to Khara, and her insecurity contrasts with Khara's confidence.
- The Big Guy: Gambler is the largest and most powerful fighter in the group.
- The Smart Guy: Renzo makes most of the plans.
- The Heart: Tobble is the most concerned with the morality of their actions.
- I Am Not Weasel: Byx resembles a bipedal dog, but she hates being called one. She's not a dog, she is a dairne.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The Knight of the Fire is tricked into falling in a pit trap with long spikes at the bottom.
- Last of His Kind: After the rest of her pack is killed by poachers, Byx fears she is the last dairne and goes on a journey to find more.
- Living Lie Detector: Dairnes have the ability to tell if someone is lying.
- Molotov Truck: Tobble destroys a Marsonian ship by crashing a flaming boat into it.
- Sixth Ranger Traitor: Luca joins the group, but later betrays them to the Murdano.
- Sticky Fingers: Renzo is a skilled thief, and tends to loot as the group travels, to Khara's displeasure.
- Two Girls to a Team: Khara and Byx are the females in the Five-Man Band.