Welcome to London, but not as you know it.
Oxford Street burned for three weeks
The British Museum is squatted 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 will be shot.
Lalla, 16, 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 Lalla and her mother that they will escape. Escape is a ship big enough to save 500 people.
But only the worthy will be chosen.
I’m surprised to say this but I did not like The Ship. To be more specific I did not like the main character – Lalla. She felt like a spoiled little kid. She is born into this dystopian version of London but has lived such a sheltered life that she really doesn’t understand what life is like in the capital.
Food is running out, people are fighting for survival and being killed by the government for not having an identity card. Meanwhile Lalla spends her time at home with her parents and goes on trips to the British Museum with her mum. She doesn’t understand why life onboard the ship is so much better than what everyone had in London and therefore spends her time longing to have her London life back.
In fact at one point her father tells her that he built a ship for her so she has the time and resources to figure out what to do after the ships supplies run out. But instead of actually doing anything she just focuses on the fact that the food and clothes and toothpaste will all run out at some point.
I think this could have been a really interesting dystopia but it was ruined by an annoying main character.
*I received a copy of this book from Weidenfeld & Nicolson in exchange for an honest review.