The Ship

  • by Antonia Honeywell
  • Narrated by Melody Grove
  • 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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?

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What the Critics Say

"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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YA Fiction

Not all books with children or young adult protagonists are children's or YA fiction, but this book, with its annoyingly naive (and not all that bright) teenage protagonist, definitely sits in the YA category, not 'General & Contemporary Fiction'.

The world created requires just a bit too much suspension of disbelief, feels contrived rather than well thought out. The plot seems too obvious and the characters unidimensional. To be clear, there are plenty of children's/YA books out there that I still find enjoyable as an adult, so my complaint with the book is not that it is YA, but that I feel it is the kind of YA that will appeal to the tween/teen audience alone. If I hadn't taken advantage of audible's return policy so much lately, I'd be inclined to get my credit back.
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- Miko

Story has potential, but too much teen anguish.

I've tried very hard to get on with this book. I made it 4 hours in before I could no longer bring myself to listen to any more.
The dystopia future and "the ship" herald promise, but the focus on "Lala", her naivety which borders on the stupid on occasion, and the final nail in the coffin, her "first kiss" is intensly irritating.
I found the pace of the story too slow and resorted to listening at 1.25x speed to try to get further in. Maybe it will appeal to teens who could potentially empathise with Lala, but for me it's one of those very rare things, a book I give up on....
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- Gary MacDonald

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-02-2015
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks