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Literature / The Wild Boy

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The Wild Boy is a science fiction novel written by Warren Rochelle in 2001. It's a futuristic post-Alien Invasion novel in which humans are kept and bred as pets by a race of bear-like aliens called the Lindauzi, who manipulated humanity by killing millions with a virus, then showing up seemingly by coincidence with a cure. Now, they breed humans, whom they call 'dogs', in a bid to save their race from regressing into wildness and re-create the bond they shared with the Iani, the race who originally raised them to sentience.

The book shifts between two time frames, telling the stories of both a Lindauzi-bred 'dog' named Ilox and his Lindauzi owner/companion Phlarx, and Ilox's son, a wild human or 'wolf' named Caleb, who is captured and trained to be a performing animal. The two stories intersect for the book's climax. Intersparced with the main narratives are flashbacks to glimpses of the Lindauzi leaving home, the decay of humanity and the arrival of the Lindauzi.

This work contains examples of:

  • Aliens Are Bastards: Let's see, they kill millions, breed humans like dogs...their motives aren't truly evil, but their methods are.
  • Alien Invasion: The novel is set in the aftermath of an overwhelmingly successful one.
  • Ancient Astronauts: It's indicated that the Iani had some ancient connection with humans.
  • Apocalypse How: Somewhere between 'Planetary/Societal Collapse' and 'Planetary/Engineered Human Extinction'
  • Arranged Marriage: Lindauzi custom, or at least high ranking Lindauzi.
  • Dying Race: Essentially, the Lindauzi are this-they're facing regression into wild animals and the loss of everything that makes them who they are. And then as the book progresses, it gets literal.
  • The Empath: Ilox and Caleb both display empathic abilities.
  • Super Breeding Program: The Lindauzi want to breed empathic humans that will fill the role vacated by the Iani.
  • Terminally Dependent Society: The Lindauzi. They were dependent on an empathic bond with the Iani to remain sentient and civilized, but then the Iani died.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Corviax is determined to bring back the 'star-Iani' and prove to his father that he was right all along.