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liked it 3.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,360 ratings  ·  358 reviews
The Ship is a luminous and genre-defying debut novel that follows a young woman's coming of age in a world where she has no future.

London burned for three weeks. And then it got worse...

Lalla has grown up sheltered from the chaos amid the ruins of civilization. But things are getting more dangerous outside. People are killing each other for husks of bread, and the police
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Orbit (first published February 19th 2015)
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Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: utopia- dystopia- fantasy-coming of age
Shelves: netgalley
Well, this was certainly a book that I won't soon forget. Admittedly, it was a struggle to continue reading this story. Set in a futuristic London, the story revolves around sixteen year old Lallage( Lalla) and her father, Michael Paul. Things appear quite grim for the characters- lack of water, lack of various foods, controlled society etc. Lallage has been pretty sheltered by her parents and this book really takes the reader through Lallage's "discovery" of what has been hidden from her for so ...more
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

When I first noticed this book getting shelved as young adult on Goodreads, I assumed it was just because the protagonist is a teenager, and that people were making that typical mistake of thinking teenage character = YA. It's being published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, a literary fiction imprint, and doesn't appear to be categorised by them as YA. But I did notice that between the book being listed on NetGalley and listed in Orion/W&N's catalogue,

My thoughts are very divided on this novel. I loved the premise, a resourceful group of people decide to abandon a failing land and live on a ship in the midst of the end of the world. A ship setting for a post apocalypse book is pretty unique and rare, and it did live up to its potential in that regard.

Where I struggled with the story was with the main character, on the one hand I want to commend the author for writing a very relatable and realistic teenager...but that realism is what makes he
HATED the main character. Dragged on forever and then ended with everything up in the air. Took all my will not to DNF it.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Just when I thought I’d seen it all in post-apocalyptic YA dystopian fiction, along comes The Ship to offer up a little something different. In the near future, Earth has run out of resources, the environment is on the edge of ecological collapse, and civilization itself is in shambles. A man with a vision decides to do something about it, searching high and low for five hundred of Britain’s best and brightest, gathering t
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This is a completely implausible apocalyptic novel where the world is falling apart and a man builds an ark for his family and 500 people, which leaves from London, almost too late, because society is collapsing. His daughter, the protagonist, tries to resist the father's utopian cult. Nobody knows anything about science, including, I'd say, the author, considering all the things that would have to be true for the people on the ship to survive as described.

Things nobody in the book or writing t
The Captain
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! This be the fourth book in me Ports for Plunder – 19 Books in 2019 list. I wanted to read this because it is a postapocalyptic sci-fi novel about a crumbling world where one man’s vision of survival is a ship where he chooses the 500 souls whose only salvation is to get a slot onboard. But Noah’s ark this ain’t.

The story is told from the perspective of Lalla, a sixteen year old whose father is the saviour. The ship seems like a utopia to the chosen passengers. There is safe

Opens: Right up to the day we boarded, I wondered whether the ship was just a myth

The narrator of THE SHIP is Lalla, who is an interesting character. At 16 she is part child, part woman, and still formulating her outlook on life, a life that she quickly realises she knows nothing about. She comes over at times as a spoilt brat and utterly self-centred, which is not surprising as she has been the sole focus of her parents for 16 years – protected from the horrors of a disintegrating society for m
Nessie McInness
This is more of a 2.5 than 3.

The premise for this book was really interesting, and exactly what I like to read: in a dystopian London (love it already!!) a family and a selected few flee in a ship filled with everything they need to live 3 generations. Sounds SO great!!

But it isn't.

First of all, the main character is REALLY annoying. She's a typical spoilt only child that can't value what she has. She is whinny, annoying and irrational. Don't get me wrong, nothing against only children. I'm one
Rating: 3.5/5.0

This book is really hard to categorize to a certain genre. Yes it belongs to Dystopian Young Adult genre but I personally find it more to be a philosophical book that can be interpreted into many different ways based on the reader's scope of imagination. At least I can say that it touches certain religious and social issues without directly pointing at them. For example every body in the ship calling Michael as "Father", the Nazareth Act and several other symbols.

It is the end of
Jenna Burtenshaw
A contender for my favourite book of 2015 (already!). A man's quest for order and control vs his daughter's need for freedom, knowledge and experience. It's a book to really make you consider what life's about. Is survival enough? I thoroughly enjoyed it. (And I'll never take oranges for granted again.)
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dystopian novels are not usually my thing...I feel that is an important thing to start with. My ability to suspend reality and dive into the story are a bit too strong, and I end up a complete mess every time I read them. This is no exception.
It's not much of a spoiler to find out that the main character finds herself, on... you guessed it, a ship.
Its the dynamic and situations that occur both before and after that make this book so hard to digest.
Human beings can be ugly, and mean and cruel an
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This post-apocalyptic book is a grim look at the future of the UK after the collapse of the world. The exact reason for the collapse is never explained, but there are mentions of a world overcome by damaged agriculture and no natural resources, rising sea levels, and contagious diseases. People are starving and the only government response is to register those it can afford to feed; and murder those it can't. But it's not really murder, because if you're not registered, you never existed, did yo ...more
Liz Barnsley
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one – considering the subject matter it was a gentle, rolling and addictive read following Lalla as she embarks on a journey to who knows where, leaving behind a ravaged world. Very much a character driven piece, it really is all about Lalla as she struggles to come to terms with how things are, deal with a devastating loss and work out who she is and what she wants.

I do love a book that gets my blood up and this one did in very clever little ways – Lalla is not entirely like
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Kinda like Station Eleven and The Age of Miracles aka introspective look at the end of civilization... just with less depth and worldbuilding and worse writing than either.
Bianca St.
3.5 stars
I had high hopes for this book. I am pretty sure I discovered it through Sanne (booksandquills on youtube) and when I heard the synopsis I knew I had to read it. 'The Hunger Games meets the London Riots on board Noah's Ark' is how the Times describes this book and that is exactly what this is. I found that Antonia Honeywell is a captivating storyteller and with passages such as 'Oxford Street burned for three weeks, and I watched the orange skies from the circle of my mother's arms', th
Lucy Perry
I had not heard of this book but chose to sample it purely on the beautiful cover image together with the author’s lovely name.

Dystopian novels are definitely in vogue at the moment – recently I’ve read ‘Station Eleven’ by Emily St John Mandel, ‘J’ by Howard Jacobson, ‘Beautiful You’ by Chuck Palahnuik and this one: they are all set in versions of our world after some kind of catastrophic shift. Be that an epidemic, genocide, or in this case overpopulation and the end of natural resources, they
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
This is an interesting take on surviving the end of the world as we know it. Lalla is sixteen years old and has grown up only knowing the world her parents lived in is no more. She has never even seen a real apple. Her father uses all of his resources to obtain a ship and provisions for 500 people and leave the destruction of London behind. The entire story is told from Lalla's perspective. Her parents have shielded her from the world they live in and have done everything to protect her. She is ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Posted originally

The Ship was the novel I’d most been looking forward to in 2015. It sounded like an immense, captivating story and something completely unlike anything I’d read before. Antonia Honeywell has written a wonderfully enchanting novel, with a theme I found as thought-provoking as they come.

When London as it is known is torn apart, no longer simply under threat but burned, bombed and destroyed, Michael and Anna, along with daughter Lalla, dec
Allen Steele
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, fantasy
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Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lalage Paul is sixteen and lives in London with her mother, Anna and father Michael. This is a dystopian vision of a London, and a world, of the future. Resources have run out – food and water are scarce and people have to produce an identity card or face being shot on sight. Lalage was only seven when the collapse hit Britain and riots, looting and disasters overtook the country; along with the collapse of the government, who were replaced by the military. However, Michael Paul became powerful ...more
Heather A
I recieved a copy from Netgalley.

DNFing at 52%. Boring and just not interested in finishing.

Initially it sounded interesting enough even though the main character had a very annoying name. Annoying names and dystopias are not unusual but I must have figured I could overlook it when I put in a request. I probably thought at the time either I'd be approved or wouldn't and it wasn't the end of the world if I didn't get it. I was approved and must admit it was quite some time after when I started t
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This is an interesting concept, life as we know it is ending and your one of the chosen 500 to start again, somewhere safe but with no hope of a future. I enjoyed this book, i didn't like the main character at all, she is naive and extremely selfish however I think that's the point. It definitely makes you think about what you would do in her red shoes.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazingly bad.

The prose manages to drip with unnecessary metaphors and rhetoric while somehow talking down to its reader at the same time. It will say something weird and symbolic and then proceed to explain it in an equally over-complicated but now also condescending way.

“'Do you know?' I managed to whisper, although my breath was coming short, 'do you know where we’re going?' He bent his head to hear me; he touched his lips to where his fingers had been, then breathed, “'I think w
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF on page 209-like the ship in the book this story is going nowhere!! The start of the boom was interesting and had a lot going on then the group made it on onto the ship and were supposed to just get on with living-but the aim character whose very name annoyed me kept questioning why and where were they going and it was just boring and GAH I've been putting off reading for the last 3 months as I could t bear the thought of finishing this claptrap and am finally calling it quits!
This book took me a while to finish because it dragged on. And on. And on.

And on.

And on.

We are hearing the story from Lalla's point of view. Lalla is the daughter of the 'revolutionary' who basically bought, founded, organized, and coordinated The Ship. In these dystopian times, the safest place to be is in the middle of the ocean (so these people believe). There are 500 people on the ship--each one of them selected by Michael himself for being good, worthy people--and the ship is equipped to su
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that I went into not really sure what to expect, yet after I finished, I thought ‘well, that’s not what I expected’. Which is kind of strange, right? But not bad. It wasn’t bad at all. It was just…unexpected.

So, it’s dystopian. The premise is the world has been falling apart for a myriad of reasons, most of which have to do with the fact that we ignored climate change and sea levels rose. And the soil has been stripped and won’t grow anything anymore. Disease has spre
Emma Crowley
The Ship is the debut novel from Antonia Honeywell and has the honour of being chosen as the first read for the Curtis Brown Book group. I will readily admit this is not my usual genre and I would not have read this only I was lucky enough to have been accepted for the book group. Marketed as a dystopian meets utopia novel this was a book which would not normally appear as a review book on Sharon’s blog but she was kind enough to let me review this one. I had read somewhere that this was aimed a ...more
I get this is probably more a young adult book but even teen/young adults have brains to know some of this story does not make sense. I won't ruin it here with spoilers because if you can get past that stuff, it is an interesting thought. UHmm what 500 people would I want on my ark!
Sandra "Jeanz"
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Deeply thought provoking book. The type of book that stays with you quite a while after finishing reading the book.
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