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London burned for three weeks. And then it got worse... Young, naive 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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-27
- Reviewer: Staff
I was born at the end of the world is how 16-year-old Lalla Paul of London begins her story. Though civilization is rapidly dying around her, her parentsmainly her wealthy and connected father, Michael, inventor of a major computer network censorship toolmanage to keep her sheltered from the worst of it. Michael has a plan in the form of a ship thats large enough to carry them and 500 others, along with years worth of supplies, out to sea and safety. But once aboard the ship, Lalla is traumatized by tragedy, unsettled by her fathers slow transformation into a messianic figure, overwhelmed by love, and concerned about the long-term prospects for survival. Honeywells lyrical descriptions of Lallas thoughts and the ship itself are haunting, and quite grim when Lalla questions their plans and her fathers influence. But Lallas adolescent vacillating about different aspects of ship life can get tiresome, and the reader might eventually sympathize with the characters who are frustrated by her. This mixed bag of beauty and vexation has a gut-twisting epilogue that will appeal to lovers of psychological speculative fiction. (Apr.)