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In one of the most controversial novels of the year, a young woman's only hope for survival in the dystopian future is a ship, a Noah's Ark, that can rescue 500 people.
London burned for three weeks. And then it got worse...
Young, naive, and frustratingly sheltered, Lalla has grown up in near-isolation in her parents' apartment, sheltered from the chaos of their collapsed civilization. But things are getting more dangerous outside. People are killing each other for husks of bread, and the police are detaining anyone without an identification card. On her sixteenth birthday, Lalla's father decides it's time to use their escape route--a ship he's built that is only big enough to save five hundred people.
But the utopia her father has created isn't everything it appears. There's more food than anyone can eat, but nothing grows; more clothes than anyone can wear, but no way to mend them; and no-one can tell her where they are going.
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Constant whining of a spoiled tortured teenage girl. The ending was predictable .
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* This was such an interesting and thought provoking book! The book is set at the end of the world during a time when civilisation is falling. To escape the chaos, Lalla's father builds a ship and the people to board the ship are carefully selected by Lalla's father and mother. The main character Lalla, while being quite annoying at times as she constantly went back and forth between conflicting ideas, acted as a conduit for the author to present deep and powerful ideas about what people will do in order to survive; whether it be giving up everything they know or living in ignorance. Overall, this was a really intriguing read that I flew through. I hope that there is a sequel as at the end of the book many things were still left unresolved.
This is one of those books that I went into not really sure what to expect, yet after I finished, I thought ‘well, that’s not what I expected’. Which is kind of strange, right? But not bad. It wasn’t bad at all. It was just…unexpected. So, it’s dystopian. The premise is the world has been falling apart for a myriad of reasons, most of which have to do with the fact that we ignored climate change and sea levels rose. And the soil has been stripped and won’t grow anything anymore. Disease has spread as populations have become denser. There are too many people and not enough of anything. The government has taken unconscionable measures to keep things under control, and now they have begun to regard citizens as less than human, treating those in the lower classes as vermin. Those who are privileged enough to get some special treatment have to hide in their very small homes in order to stay safe. Lalla, a teenager who has never known the world as it is now, has a father with a great deal of power and reach, so she has not starved or gone cold or been homeless. But her life is so sheltered that she hasn’t really grown up. For years, her father has been working on a backup plan, for when things get completely untenable, but she knows nothing other than it involves a ship, and he has been interviewing future passengers. The ship can house hundreds, and he will take as many as he can, but only the right kind of people. Lalla doesn’t know what the right kind are, or where the ship is going, or when (or if!) they’ll ever get on it. If it was up to her mother, they wouldn’t at all. She keeps putting it off because she has hope that things will improve. Finally, the situation in London degrades to a point that Lalla’s father believes it is time to go. No more waiting. It is time get on the ship and move forward. Catastrophe strikes when they trying to embark, and Lalla is left to deal with the consequences on a ship about which she knows nothing. Her father tells her nothing. She doesn’t know where the ship is going or what the plan is, but she feels something isn’t right. In the end, it is her mother she takes after, not her father. So much of this book is in Lalla’s head. It isn’t suspenseful or thrilling. It is sometimes sad, always melancholy, and occasionally frustrating because Lalla is a privileged immature teenager (enough said, yes?). But. Despite the lack of significant action, I couldn’t stop reading it. It was compelling. Lalla annoyed me to the very end, but I loved her persistence. And while I didn’t expect the ending, her choice made me quite proud of her. A good story. Not hopping up and down good, but a solid read. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
The Ship by Antonia Honeywell is a recommended YA dystopian coming-of-age novel. It is the end of civilization. Lalage "Lalla" Paul has grown up in a future London where one act after another limits the registered citizens and controls the increasingly limited supplies. Plagues, viruses and the trashing of the environment have eliminated people and crops globally. People who aren't registered can be eliminated at any time. But none of the restrictions and limits seems to affect Lalla's life as the only child of a wealthy influential father, Michael, and her intelligent strong mother, Anna. They live in a comfortable flat with guards protecting them. While her father gathers supplies and worthy people for "The Ship" her mother tries to educate Lalla on past civilizations, culture, what the world once was, and compassion for others. On Lalla's 16th birthday, the increasing violence swirling around them has made her father decide it is time for them to leave for The Ship and put his survival plans into motion. Anna bulks and doesn't want to leave the land. She feels Lalla needs to learn more, but Lalla says she wants to go to this mysterious ship. A violent incident sets Michael's plan into motion. The ship only has room and supplies for 500 people. British troops and a mob try to stop them, but they set out for sea. Soon it becomes clear that Michael wants control and obedience from the people in his utopia. As he instructs them to leave the past behind and consider him the "Father" of all the children, his actions take on a religious tone. Lalla is questioning everything about the endless supplies of food, her father's plan, and everyone's blind following of it. She wants to know when they will reach their destination and start a new life. The Ship starts out strong in the creation of the dying world, but falls under too many pages and the sheer weight of Lalla's incessant teenage angst and, frankly, odd rebellious behavior. She's lived a very sheltered life compared to everyone else, but surely she should have noticed a bit more about what was happening on land than she apparently did. And she also should have noticed more about the ship than she did. Her love interest has as much depth as a cardboard cutout. It becomes increasingly difficult to tolerate Lalla. As the plot and pace of the novel slow down, there is no extra character development or insights to keep your interest high and propel the plot forward. I couldn't help but think of Waterworld (don't judge) where they dove down to collect soil to grow things. One of my first thoughts was why didn't they at least try to get soil and grow things on the ship. It could be done. A lot of soil is covered up by buildings, etc. dig under them, get good soil. Or, as other reviewers have pointed out, Lalla had some more options available in the long term, had she used her brains. The opening dystopian fall of society is worth an extra star, but the meat of the book is really so-so. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Orbit.