Oxford Street burned for three weeks; the Regent's Park camps have been bombed. Lalla, 16, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. He has promised Lalla and her mother that they will escape. Escape on a ship big enough to save 500 people. Once onboard, as day follows identical day, Lalla's unease grows. Where are they going?
"The Ship is tense, engaging and emotionally charged: I devoured this novel." (Helen Dunmore)
"A beautiful futuristic fable with huge power to haunt and disturb." (M. R. Carey, author of The Girl with All the Gifts)
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Story has potential, but too much teen anguish.
- Gary MacDonald
Great start, but the SHIP should have docked
It is always time well spent, it makes my daily tedious car journey to and from work bearable at worse, joyous at best. This audible adventure fell somewhere in the middle. Loved the first third, then it became a mid-ocean journey in the mind of the main character that for me was tedious. You don't have to be a literary expert to work out the secrets kept from LaLa (the main character) and the outcome was equally predictable. The Narrator however was brilliant.
Yes. Not entirely sure how so has not to give the game away, but the ending would see LaLa taking (or being enabled to) a different path
No one really stood out. LaLa was the main character but has a 16 year old with all the complexities of a teenager, set inside a closeted ship, with a suffocating childhood beforehand her storey was more to do with her emotional baggage with the ship being nothing more than a red herring.
No. The danger is that it could be set as a mid-ocean soap. The dystopian background would be lost. If I had to compare it to anything similar for TV, I'd say the Stepford Wives.
You may love it, if you download I hope you do. I won't revisit. Sorry.