WELCOME TO LONDON
BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT
Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent’s Park camps have been bombed. The Nazareth Act has come into force. If you can’t produce your identity card, you don’t exist.
Lalla, sixteen, has grown up sheltered from the new reality by her visionary father, Michael Paul. But now the chaos has reached their doorstep. Michael has promised to save them. His escape route is a ship big enough to save five hundred people. But only the worthy will be chosen.
Once on board, as day follows identical day, Lalla’s unease grows. Where are they going? What does her father really want?
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF SALVATION?
So after reading Station Eleven which I loved, my first ever dystopian apocolyptic type novel, I thought I’d have a read of another. This genre is quite different to my usual type of read and I did like this book even if a little slow and not quite what I thought it would be.
The protagonist, Lalla, has so far led a sheltered, spoilt life living in the comfort of her family’s heavily secured flat without having to really worry what’s happening on the outside. And then they flee on The Ship and she starts to question everything but she manages to do it in this sterotypical teenage full of attitude way in that she thinks she knows best – and as a reader you question, does she? The adults are content and happy, safe with the life that The Ship has to offer but Lalla has to deal with the realisation that this is it; these people will die here, and their children and it’s all too claustrophobic for her and for the most part of the book its her internal emotional turmoil in whether to follow the crowd and be what they want her to be or break free…..
If you’re looking for the next Divergent, Hunger Games etc then this isn’t it. It’s not action packed and doesn’t dwell on the dystopian theme but is more of an emotive journey of self-discovery and following your gut instinct and therefore an interesting take on a coming of age novel in a different time with a different set of rules.
One of the main things I questionned to myself was how Michael was able to accumulate the amount of food and supplies required to sustain life for 500 people indefinitely. He’s also managed to form this ‘cult’ without question and all the passengers view him as the next Messiah – this here is a disaster waiting to happen surely. Which brings me on to the cliffhangar of an ending….great setting up for a series!
Overall, it’s worth a read and reminded me of the movie 2012 with the arks and the whole survivor selection process.
p.s If you’ve read this, help me out and explain The Dove to me….
Many thanks to the publishers for approving me for a copy via Netgalley.
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