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?
©2015 Antonia Honeywell (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"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)
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....
Submarine commander, astronaut and surgeon.....on a weekend. In the week I take it easy, when my regular job, kids and dogs allow :)
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.
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.
This was such a frustrating book. The central idea was interesting - the difference between living and existing in a dystopian future. The problem for me was the central character, Lala. I know she had an extraordinarily sheltered upbringing, totally protected from the harsh reality of the world around her, but her lack of empathy and unbelievable naivety bordered on the stupid. I could see the twists and turns long before she did, so there was no sense of tension or shock. Her constant whining and longing to return to land, with no realistic alternative or plan for the future soon became tiresome. I got to the point where I wanted them to drop her back off in London and see how long she would survive with her ridiculous ideas about life. There were some serious concerns at the heart of this book, ones I wanted to explore, and with a different central character, one who was more intelligent and self aware, I think this could have been a interesting story. Instead I really struggled to make it to the end.
Won't be trying anything else by the author. The "heroine" was incomprehensibly simple, dense and irritating. The "twists" certainly weren't surprises. An interesting dystopian world, but the book was pointless. There's a lot of brilliant young adult fiction out there; this isn't even good. My teens would be scathing, so won't be suggesting they read this one.
Main character is a young girl and you have to remember this when she predictably makes the choices she does because this is how teenagers are apparently programmed in my opinion. However, very enjoyable listen to a story that makes you think about whether you would want to survive in a dystopian future where you don't have a life you want...
This is a difficult book to rate, as though it is technically a dystopian novel it never actually quite strikes me as such. Nor exactly is it a disaster novel, perhaps a careful mix of the two.
The story focuses entirely on the first person narrative of the teenage Lalla, set at some indistinct point in the not-to-distant future where owing to some unknown catastrophe the world has collapsed. As London quickly is deteriorating as the falling government attempts to keep control, Lalla is shepherded onto "the ship" which is a seaborne haven for a fortunate few to escape.
This is ultimately a coming of age story, though Lalla never really strikes as being much more than a naive and foolish teenager, obsessed about returning to land whilst never understanding what she has been shielded from her whole life. Many parts of the book are quite predictable, the ending itself I thought was disappointing. Though make no mistake, this has been an enjoyable book and has been quite diverting. The narration by Melody Grove was a pleasure to listen to.
I kept hoping the story would find its way but it didn't.
Bought this after listening to the time being, which showered great potential and promise, unfortunately the ship didn't keep up the same pace and sank faster than the titanic, the use of Lala in the story wasn't good, no growth or character building, just a spoiled teenager who wanted things her way and left me irritated and disappointed.
This book could have been so much more.
Great concept but the moany main character makes it really difficult to enjoy! it felt like the story on board the ship should have been 3 chapters of a larger idea. Although well written, it was very drawn out at points. Well performed but not the exciting plot I had hoped for.
I wouldn't mind reading a second part of this book. What happens to this teenager in the future? Is there any hope for her and humankind? A nice story, gripping.
"Liked but ended terribly"
Hated the ending, returned it because of it. Also never understood why Lalla couldn't just seize the opportunity to become their leader and focus on organic regrowth in order to save them all instead of only seeing the ship as only a grave when it could have been a temporary haven while she figured out how to change things.
"Where late the sweet bird sings"
Meets silent spring... This book was a solid 3.5 to 4 stars. An entrancing story told through the eyes of a teenage girl. It's about a destroyed world and a girl that lived through it because of her parents but never gets to experience it. Worth your time cash or credit. I would also put it the ya genre but very well done. Not like hunger games ect...
"enjoy the story and it was performed excellently!"
it was long but interesting. main character was too whiny for me. did enjoy it.
"It just kind of wanders with no destination"
It's not a terribly compelling story. I found myself loathing the main character and rooting for everyone else. I was ready for some kind of action or excitement but nothing at all really happens. The book is more of a meditation on being then a story.
The premise and story of this book are interesting. I hated the main character so much I could barely stand the story because of her ridiculous thoughts and actions. Also, the reader kind of bothered me too.
"Interview with author the saving grace"
I listened to the free prequel and was so excited to listen. I kept waiting for it to get better and for the main character to stop being so full of self pity. I hated the ending even more than I hated the ending of the Divergent series.
The saving grace really was the interview with the author at the end. After hearing why she wrote this story and the inspirations for it I felt less negativity towards the book but still very frustrated.
"The Ship leaves you thinking"
Had I been 16 when I read this, the plight of Lalla would have been very familiar in its u certainty. As a grownup and mother, I could view it from s different aspect. It is a novel that creates a perfect discussion ground for parent and teen to discover the connection between being an individual
and ones other roles that are regulated by love. The ship takes on a tenuous topic that few explore so thoroughly. I listened to this on audible and the narration was perfect. No overly contrived voices to detract from the listeners own interpretation of the characters and settings. All in all, a must read!
"A good YA recommendation"
A good YA recommendation.
For small group reading study. Middle Secondary. Capable readers should be able to make links to classics such as "Diary of Anne Frank"
good start. then nothing... for 8 hours all you get is a whiney girl... and nothing else.
"At times the story moved to slow"
At times the story moved to slow but it was a pretty good story. It seemed real.
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