The Wall

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About the Author: John Lanchester

Hardcover õ The Wall ePUB ´ wall kindle, The WallThe Wall ePUBJohn Lanchester is the author of four novels and three books of non fiction He was born in Germany and moved to Hong Kong He studied in UK He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and was awarded the EM Forster Award He lives in London.


The WallHardcover õ The Wall ePUB ´ wall kindle, The WallThe Wall ePUBRavaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall an enormous concrete barrier around its entire coastline Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one task to protect his section of the Wall from the Others, the desperate souls who are trapped amid the rising seas outside and are a constant threat Failure will result in death or a fate perhaps worse being put to sea and made an Other himself Beset by cold, loneliness, and fear, Kavanagh tries to fulfill his duties to his demanding Captain and Sergeant, even as he grows closer to his fellow Defenders A dark part of him wonders whether it would be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if he had to fight for his life.

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10 thoughts on “The Wall

  1. Marchpane says:

    Dull, pedestrian dystopiaI m not really sure who the target readership is forThe Wall , John Lanchester s Booker longlisted novel about a post climate change future As a work of genre fiction a cli fi dystopia it is derivative and stale It s also unsatisfying as literary fiction, with flat prose, undeveloped themes and cardboard characters The callow young narrator and a tendency to over explain the obvious might tip it towards the YA category, but YA readers are likely to find it plo Dull, pedestrian dystopiaI m not really sure who the target readership is forThe Wall , John Lanchester s Booker longlisted novel about a post climate change future As a work of genre fiction a cli fi dystopia it is derivative and stale It s also unsatisfying as literary fiction, with flat prose, undeveloped themes and cardboard characters The callow young narrator and a tendency to over explain the obvious might tip it towards the YA category, but YA readers are likely to find it plodding and dull.The plot ambles aimlessly, then rushes to a deeply unsatisfying conclusion Atmosphere and world building are lacklustre, while character development is scant We are introduced to a couple of duplicitous, potentially interesting individuals, but those stories end up going nowhere The expository set up takes up the first quarter of the book That s a lot of info dumping to foist on a reader before the plot fires up but even so, the world building is thin, full of hoary clich s and bland terminology Defenders, Others, Breeders, the Change, the Wall Tedious details are numerous the dimensions of the Wall, the Defenders daily routine, etc while important ones are omitted why does an island nation need to gird itself with a 10,000km solid wall against leaky refugee boats Where s the Navy Why hasn t their economy totally collapsed Did they close off all the ports too Why are traitors put out to sea on a small, well provisioned boat instead of just executing them Perhaps in keeping with the laxity of world building, The Wall pays little heed to causal effects of the Change, thus torpedoing its worth as a credible climate change novel Sea levels have risen so much that there are no beaches left in the world but the characters catch a train to a seemingly unaltered London surely the Thames would swallow half the city Elsewhere, an unnamed river still looksor less the same as before the Change this is handwaved away as accidents of topography Supplies of comestibles like tea, chocolate, and beef are apparently unaffected by a worldwide climate catastrophe But the most implausible aspects of the book are too spoiler y to mention.These critiques could be brushed aside if this narrative worked as a fable, social comment, allegory or cautionary tale, but I thought it was equally facile in that respect The book fumbles with issues of nativism and xenophobia, but fails to properly interrogate this theme or offer any insights A really good dystopian novel can pose existential questions, hold a mirror to society, reframe the human experience, or skewer preconceptions The Wall offers nothing so sophisticated and relies on the reader to extrapolate meaning from its malleable premise For me, The Wall was about as nuanced as a giant slab of grey concrete, and just as interesting 1.5 stars

  2. Paula says:

    Longlisted for the Booker prize 2019I very much enjoyed this suspenseful and atmospheric dystopian novel Maybe because it is so plausible THERE ARE NO BEACHES LEFTthe Change has happened and the climate is past fixing Set on an island sounds like the UK British author, John Lanchester, takes the reader to The Wall It s COLD, very COLD, and the author makes you feel like you are there The Defenders man The Wall which surrounds the border Young people are drafted for 2 years to protect Longlisted for the Booker prize 2019I very much enjoyed this suspenseful and atmospheric dystopian novel Maybe because it is so plausible THERE ARE NO BEACHES LEFTthe Change has happened and the climate is past fixing Set on an island sounds like the UK British author, John Lanchester, takes the reader to The Wall It s COLD, very COLD, and the author makes you feel like you are there The Defenders man The Wall which surrounds the border Young people are drafted for 2 years to protect The Wall so The Others can t get in Resources must be protected There are not enough for The Others floating on the sea The job is perilous Let anyone breach The Wall and you are put to sea on just a raft with some supplies Now you are an OtherDon t expect a character driven novel This is all about what it is like to live in this changed environment and surviving Current politics taken to the near future irreversible climate change, isolationism, and anti immigration I listened to the audiobook on Hoopla and the narrator did a fabulous job Loved his voice Perfect for this book The Wall was definitely my type of dystopian.4.5 out of 5 stars

  3. Meike says:

    Now Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019 The genius of Lanchester s The Wall is that this dystopia simply envisions what might happen if we go on like this The sea levels have risen dramatically due to climate change, Britain has build a wall around the whole island, and people who flee from the South to the North are combated like enemies in a war Is this the most subtle book ever written Hell no, but this author does not seem to think that the problems we are facing scream for excessive su Now Nominated for the Booker Prize 2019 The genius of Lanchester s The Wall is that this dystopia simply envisions what might happen if we go on like this The sea levels have risen dramatically due to climate change, Britain has build a wall around the whole island, and people who flee from the South to the North are combated like enemies in a war Is this the most subtle book ever written Hell no, but this author does not seem to think that the problems we are facing scream for excessive subtlety, and I don t blame him for it At the beginning of the book, our narrator Joseph Kavanagh starts his mandatory military service as a Defender yes, there s some newspeak hello, Orwell At all times, 50.000 enlistees are standing on the defense wall to keep the Others out Vast parts of the first third of the book mirror the mixture of boredom, fear, and anger that possesses the soldiers during their service, and Lanchester develops a theme that proved to be the most fascinating to me He questions the dynamics of blame, guilt and responsibility Young people blame their parents for letting the Change i.e climate change happen, but the majority of society as a whole approves of the wall, the killing and the enslavement of refugees and also the fact that those Defenders who fail to keep foreigners out are themselves exiled to the sea so almost every young person is threatened to become one of the Others , and what would happen then When finally a big attack occurs, the novel gains speed and becomes a real page turner I was particularly fascinated by the role of a high ranking soldier who was one of the last refugees who made it into the country without being killed and then became a Defender this character illustrates the connection between perspective, fear, and ethics At the same time, Kavanagh is sometimes hard to bear as a narrator He feels victimized and constantly expects people to apologize which they don t do without realizing that he himself a guy who borrows slaves and stands on a wall to kill refugees certainly cannot claim innocence or moral superiority In this story, most people point their fingers at each other and do nothing, which is of course how all great man made catastrophes happen So all in all, this book is a little crude, and it s not the most literary text ever written which at the same time makes sense, of course, because the narrative voice is true to Kavanagh, the narrator You have to give it to Lanchester though that he talks about important issues and points out the cynicism that is at the heart of right wing nationalism And while Lanchester claims that Brexit wasn t his main focus when he wrote the book, though he was certainly influenced by it, the book is clearlyterrifying if you have been following British politics, which is currently operating in a mode of self destruction This doesn t mean that this book isn t relevant for and reflective of tendencies in other parts of the world as well For me as a citizen of a country that was divided by a wall where refugees did get shot, it s aggravating to think that walls are still discussed as policy, when in fact they are a means of war

  4. Peter Boyle says:

    We re not short on dystopian stories these days One would think that readers might like to escape the daily news cycle of doom and gloom, but our appetite for apocalyptic thrillers shows no signs of abating The Wall is one of theconsidered and thoughtful offerings If you re a fan of the kind of speculative fiction that Margaret Atwood does so well, you might want to check it out.The story is set sometime in the near future A major climate event has occurred, causing sea levels to rise We re not short on dystopian stories these days One would think that readers might like to escape the daily news cycle of doom and gloom, but our appetite for apocalyptic thrillers shows no signs of abating The Wall is one of theconsidered and thoughtful offerings If you re a fan of the kind of speculative fiction that Margaret Atwood does so well, you might want to check it out.The story is set sometime in the near future A major climate event has occurred, causing sea levels to rise There are no beaches left in the world Many countries have built a wall around their entire coastline, to stop the ocean from encroaching, but also to prevent migrants or Others as they are called from entering In Britain, it is mandatory for young people to carry out national service, protecting the border The draftees who serve on the Wall are known as Defenders, trained to kill Others who attempt to enter the country via sea Kavanagh is one such Defender and he is our narrator.Understandably, there is a sense of resentment among Kavanagh and his peers They have never experienced a world that wasn t ravaged by climate change But their parents have, and itbroke on their watchHome on leave between Wall shifts, Kavanagh can t even look his folks in the eyethe Change was not a single solitary event We speak of it in that manner because here we experienced one particular shift, of sea level and weather, over a period of years it is true, but it felt then and when we look back on it today still feels like an incident that happened, a defined moment in time with a before and an after There was our parents world, and now there is our world It s not hard to read between the lines and uncover the allegorical meanings at play John Lanchester pores over the same news headlines as the rest of us This story is an amalgamation of our present fears Brexit, Trump s Mexican wall, the rise of anti immigration sentiment, irreversible climate change He dares to imagine the worst possible scenario and what makes this novel so terrifying is that it s all so plausible We are sleepwalking our way into a monumental environmental catastrophe, but world leaders remain focused on growing their economies.The Wall is a wake up call, but it s also a riveting and suspenseful read Lanchester wraps an exciting story around our current anxieties It s written in a very direct style and I imagine many will devour it in a single sitting It may not be the most hopeful or heartwarming tale, but it packs a mighty punch

  5. Jenna says:

    I had been brought up not to think about the Others in terms of where they came from or who they were, to ignore all that they were just Others Wall A high thick masonry structure forming a long rampart or an enclosure chiefly for defense Merriam Webster Dictionary For millennia, humans have built walls to keep people in and to keep people out We ve all unfortunately heard trump s spiel about how we need to build a wall to keep out all those criminals, drug dealers, rapistsI had been brought up not to think about the Others in terms of where they came from or who they were, to ignore all that they were just Others Wall A high thick masonry structure forming a long rampart or an enclosure chiefly for defense Merriam Webster Dictionary For millennia, humans have built walls to keep people in and to keep people out We ve all unfortunately heard trump s spiel about how we need to build a wall to keep out all those criminals, drug dealers, rapists ie Others How we need to defend our great country and keep out all the evil others who would surely harm us and take what belongs to us, if given the chance to weasel their way into this great cough, cough land.Americans are not alone in wanting to keep out OTHERS Anti immigrant sentiment is on the rise throughout the Western world In The Wall, John Lanchester imagines a time in the near future when climate change the Change has made resources scarce in much of the world The novel takes place in an unnamed island country the citizens speak with British slang and I took it to be England UK where a wall has been erected around its entire perimeter Because the citizens of this country have sufficient resources, they are worried about Others coming and taking what they think is rightfully theirs Indeed, people do try to get over the wall and because of that, each citizen excluding the few Elite must do a 2 year stint as a Defender of the Wall As our protagonist Joseph quickly finds out, the Wall is a brutally cold place and the shifts are long and tortuous One mustn t ever let down one s guard, because Others might sneak over the wall and if that happens, whoever is on watch will be banished They will have the chip removed that allows them to function as a citizen of this country, and be put on a raft out to sea I loved the first two thirds of this book it is told from Joseph s POV and I loved knowing his thoughts as he began his duty on the Wall I loved learning the rules and rationale, seeing how life on the Wall was Mr Lanchester described the extreme cold in such detail that I kept wanting to grab a blanket whilst reading though I didn t really need one And how I LOVED reading about that cold, especially every time I was in the middle of a dreaded hot flash However, some things didn t make much sense I didn t understand why punishment for an Other getting over the Wall was banishment Why not just extend one s time as Defender We are told that there are a shortage of people to defend the wall, thus the required 2 year stint of all citizens except those who agree to breed because then they will be creating future Defenders So, if you agree to have a bunch of heterosexual sex and pop out a baby or two, then you can get off the Wall You would think ALL the young people who are straight or even bi would sign up for that, but no They are angry at their own parents for bringing them into this ruined world and do not want to do that to another human being The powers that be are worried about there not being enough people to defend the wall, so why don t they just allow some people Others to become citizens And why use banishment as a punishment That makes no sense, but since it s a novel, it doesn t really have to though it s better when it does The first two thirds of this book 5 stars Then we get to the final third and it just petered out I felt like the author got bored writing the book and looked for a quick way to end it As such, I found the ending unsatisfactory Perhaps that s just me though and others ha, ha will like the ending It s a good story for the most part, and one to make us think about who Others really are Instead of hating and fearing those we perceive as different, we should instead recognise our common humanity and feel compassion for those seeking refuge or a better life

  6. Hugh says:

    Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019My fifth book from this year s Booker longlist, this is the first which I think is lucky to be there I don t read much dystopian fiction but I have already read two muchimaginative ones this year, the best of which was Zed Neither is this Lanchester s best work he has never improved on his debut The Debt to Pleasure, though Fragrant Harbour came close.We meet the narrator Joseph Kavanagh as others have pointed out this must be a nod to Kafka s Josef Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019My fifth book from this year s Booker longlist, this is the first which I think is lucky to be there I don t read much dystopian fiction but I have already read two muchimaginative ones this year, the best of which was Zed Neither is this Lanchester s best work he has never improved on his debut The Debt to Pleasure, though Fragrant Harbour came close.We meet the narrator Joseph Kavanagh as others have pointed out this must be a nod to Kafka s Josef K on the first day of his compulsory two years service as a Defender We learn that Britain is surrounded by a high wall, which serves both to keep outsiders Others out, but also because the sea has risen due to global warming The book is in three sections, the first describing life on The Wall and the second how Kavanagh s section is successfully attacked, largely thanks to their being betrayed from inside.The third part takes the story in an unexpected direction, as view spoiler the narrator is put to sea on a small rowing boat with others who have been held responsible for the breach, and he and his girlfriend Hifa find some sanctuary as part of an island community, lose their fellow survivors and most of their supplies to a brutal pirate raid and find a form of sanctuary when a hermit on a deserted oilrig takes pity on them As my friend Neil has pointed out, this part of the story is reminiscent of Life of Pi but not as interesting hide spoiler I found the whole premise lacked plausibility, for example Lanchester does not explain how river water crosses the wall, how it can withstand the enormous water pressure, what happens to the bigger offshore islands or why despite global warming the wall is so cold most of the time The language is monotonously plain, and much of the book reads like a rather dull adventure story with an implausible romantic subplot I suspect it was written with an eye to cinematic adaptation.I decided the third star was just about deserved by the exploration of the moral ambiguity of the situation and because like all dystopias many of its premises are extensions of real world concerns, but it could have been so much better

  7. Ron Charles says:

    John Lanchester s new novel, The Wall, sounds like the best timed book of the year It arrives smack dab in the heat of a constitutional crisis over President Trump s determination to build a barrier along our southern border Congress be damned.Lanchester, who lives in London, is well equipped to write about this confrontation tearing up America Not only is he one of the best financial journalists, he s also a novelist with a keen eye for how politics and money corral ordinary people s live John Lanchester s new novel, The Wall, sounds like the best timed book of the year It arrives smack dab in the heat of a constitutional crisis over President Trump s determination to build a barrier along our southern border Congress be damned.Lanchester, who lives in London, is well equipped to write about this confrontation tearing up America Not only is he one of the best financial journalists, he s also a novelist with a keen eye for how politics and money corral ordinary people s lives.But Lanchester doesn t mention Trump or his wall in The Wall He doesn t mention the United States or Britain, where Brexit has arisen from a similar hostility toward immigrants Instead, he abandons the sharp realism of his previous novels, such as Capital, and gives us a fable about a wall.This is not so much a departure from Trump s rhetoric as an attempt to make it concrete After all, the president has been spinning fables about his beautiful wall for years Lanchester merely imagines such a structure completed on a colossal scale, and then he speculates about the paranoid society that would To read the rest of this review, go to The Washington Post https www.washingtonpost.com entert

  8. Gumble& says:

    I read this book due to its long listing for the 2019 Booker Prize, although I have in fact read all four of the author should previous novels and his most famous work of non fiction I loved his Whitbread now Costa First novel prize winning The Debt to Pleasure but struggled to engage with much of his writing since and had decided to skip this book unless prize nominated based on that and on the early reviews I had read of the book So now it had been prize nominated, here goes..Climat I read this book due to its long listing for the 2019 Booker Prize, although I have in fact read all four of the author should previous novels and his most famous work of non fiction I loved his Whitbread now Costa First novel prize winning The Debt to Pleasure but struggled to engage with much of his writing since and had decided to skip this book unless prize nominated based on that and on the early reviews I had read of the book So now it had been prize nominated, here goes..Climate change is clearly a subject in which the author is interested As far back as 2007 he wrote an article for the London Review of Books reviewing the two most famous reports at the time on the topic the IPCC report and the stern review , and books by two of the then most provocative books on the topic George Monbiot and James Lovelock, the IPCC report In the article he discussed the risk of catastrophic climate change including the reversal of the Gulf Stream And it is catastrophic climate change that forms the backdrop for this near future but also allegorical dystopian novel A one off tipping point event known as The Change and probably, although not stated, related to the reversal of the Gulf Stream has led to sea levels rising and created millions of desperate refugees The idea of the refugee migrant problem reaching huge proportions is one that underlay the Booker longlisted Exit West, but there the books diverge Exit West posited a scenario in which any barriers that the Western World erected to migration were completely undermined by the existence of doors allowing effectively unlimited migration and examined, in an eventually utopian way, how Western society might ultimately develop in that scenario In this book the opposite occurs the resistance of Western society to immigration takes a physical and tangible form, via the erection of walls Britain curiously not named although both Scotland and London are and the book is scattered with references which make it clear the island is Britain erects a giant wall officially the National Coastal Defence Structure but colloquially known as The Wall around its entire coastline The Wall is in turn manned, via compulsory two year conscription, by Defenders backed up by a repurposed coastguard and by air patrols The latter try to intercept and kill migrants known as the Others at sea but occasionally the reach the wall engaging in hand to hand combat with The Defenders Any who do make it through are quickly captured mainly due to their lack of the biometric implants necessary for functioning in society and given the choice of euthanasia, being returned to the sea or becoming Help state supervised servants for The Elite and those of the normal populace who can afford to give them board and lodgings For any of Other that breaches the wall, a Defender judged to be most culpable for the breach is expelled to sea It is clear at this point that a key inspiration for the book is George Martin s A Song of Ice and Fire, about which the author has written at length the ultimate inspirations for the novel were an article the author read about climate departure see for example a recurring dream of a man standing guard on a wall which he eventually interpreted as taking place in a post climate change catastrophe worldThe book is narrated in the first person by Joseph Kavanagh Joseph K in a clear Kafka link with the Celtic surname a deliberate nod to the fact that once in Britain the Anglo Saxons were the invaders who then called the displaced Celts the Welsh meaning foreigners The narration begins on the day he starts his duty as a Defender Joseph s reflections during his isolated and often boring 12 hour shifts on The Wall giving Lanchester every excuse needed to bring in exposition on both the Wall and the functioning of British society Some of this is clever Lanchester does an excellent job of bringing out the generational divide caused by The Change incomprehension and resentment by the youngsters and a refusal to take any advice from elders who not only allowed the world to be ruined, but who can or relate to the most formative experience of their lives being a Defender mass guilt on behalf of their parents generation Similarly he examines a generational rejection of bringing children into the world which has lead to a special status given to Breeders who agree to try for children thus maintain population levels andto the point future supplies of Defenders What lets this part down is the rather too common lack of consistency and coherence in the world view created and even in the functioning of The Defenders in manning the wall but I was able to forgive this in a book which functions not just as dystopian fiction but also very much as fable or allegory The idea of a Wall to keep out migrants clearly has parallels with Donald Trump and Britain turning in on itself clearly has Brexit parallels One can of course imagine that the publishers would want to play up these links and they must have influenced the title The origins of the book although, in fact, lie in a repeated dream the author had of a man watching at a wall one he came to understand as being set in a post climate change world And the ideas of barriers to migration and a divide between those on one side and those desperate to join them, owesto the author s childhood in Hong Kong However there is no doubting the author has produced an extremely prescient novel and one can understand the Booker judges long listing this book given their concentration on topicality What he has not produced is a beautifully written one instead it is both basic and prosaic in writing quality another contrast to Exit West This does not make for a terribly literary reading experience and seems out of keeping with what I might expect from a Booker nominee but does increase its accessibility and again this may have appealed to the judges Further I believe that the style which reads much like books aimed at teenagers is both deliberate and appropriate This is not the author s universal writing style A Debt to Pleasure from my review isWritten in image filled language with erudite classical references, musings, snobbery and opinionated writing on themes in world cuisine we also gradually understand Tarquin s character part deluded as to his own inadequacies and the reactions of others to him, part a calculating psychopath almost every page has a striking image, opinion or turn of languageNote the huge contrast in style but the huge contrast in the world and characters being portrayed And note the internal correspondence in each case A number of Booker nominated books have been criticised by readers for a writing style which is beautiful but out of keeping with the characters in the book own lack of education, learning, age or society My particular bugbear was Sebastian Barry s Days Without End but I recall similar points being made against Exit West Here I think Lanchester is reflecting the character and society in which he is writing And ultimately I think this is a literary reflection that if a society becomes grimly obsessed with selfishness, with excluding others and holding on to what they have then along with goodness and compassion beauty, humour, language and imagination all are lost also.Where however I stopped being a Defender of the book and found myself aligned with The Others who have criticised it was the final third or so of the book The idea of Lanchester abandoning his examination of the society behind the wall would I think have been fine in fact strongly justified had he provided some or any insight into life on the other side of the Wall instead we get a rather clumsily section which feels like a series of hastily assembled film vignettes marooning at sea, survival camp, pirate attack, post catastrophe isolation In the book being out to sea is a punishment and so it seemed for this reader I was also disappointed to hear the US version had removed some of the very obvious British references presumably in an attempt to make links to Trump s Mexican Wall while leaving many behind in a rather inconsistent mix up Finally I re read this book as a nighttime story to my 11 year old daughter Her view was that it was an interesting book with a very good initial idea the wall and the events that lead to it but that it stopped being good when moving from The Wall early on she asked is there any point to this section and that it was also a fairly simple read 2.5 stars rounded up

  9. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestTHE WALL by John Lanchester falls into a genre that I call unapologetic lad lit It s written for men, and doesn t really make any secret about it the manly man protagonist plows his way through the story with his testosterone charged mediocrity, and all of the women who should be out of his league but aren t end up falling for his oh so average charms There s also war, too, of course I definitely got a STARSHIP TROOPERS vibe from t Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestTHE WALL by John Lanchester falls into a genre that I call unapologetic lad lit It s written for men, and doesn t really make any secret about it the manly man protagonist plows his way through the story with his testosterone charged mediocrity, and all of the women who should be out of his league but aren t end up falling for his oh so average charms There s also war, too, of course I definitely got a STARSHIP TROOPERS vibe from this book, with a bit of Cormac McCarthy s THE ROAD It s war with the meandering pace of McCarthy although without McCarthy s aversion to punctuation, thank God , andabout the ops elements than high octane battle scenes drenched in derring do and copious amounts of alien blood.It was, in a word, boring.I think THE WALL could have been a good book My impression of THE WALL is that it is set in a post apocalyptic future where the sea levels have risen dangerously and there might be a Nuclear winter wasn t sure why it was so cold where the hero was if it was hot enough to met the seas this aspect of the book wasn t explained super well Resources are scarce, so this knock off group of Black Watch soldiers man the wall and keep out The Others.It seems easy enough, but it isn t Because people are desperate, and when people are desperate they do ugly things Joseph Kavanagh poor choice of last name, imo , is the newest recruit to the Wall He bonds with his team and learns the way things run and most importantly, he learns how to attack and defend against the Others who want to get over the wall and kill them all But then he learns that, as with any government, not everything you think know about the current situation is truth.THE WALL s biggest weakness is that it doesn t feel like a fully developed story Is it political commentary against the current president of the U.S and his dreams of a border wall Is it a treatise on the importance of stopping global warming and preventing water and resource wars Is it just supposed to be a dystopian fiction work of militaristic lad lit, to be consumed and enjoyed and hopefully turned into a movie one day with actors who used to be in B movie action films This was not clear, and that lack of clarity really sank the book for me and caused the storyline to suffer.Overall, this wasn t really for me I read a lot of science fiction, old and new, and this was not something that stood out to me in any way It actually reminded me a lot of a book I read called SOFT APOCALYPSE, which had lofty ideas but didn t know how to execute them Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 2 stars

  10. Kathleen says:

    Booker Prize Longlist 2019 Lanchester s dystopian novel explores a world where sea levels have risen dramatically after the Change , land is scarce and in need of protection from the Others Thus, the country similar to the U.K has erected the Wall and manned it with Defenders to keep out water and unwelcome immigrants a literal Brexit.Above all, The Wall is an atmospheric novel We meet the narrator, Joseph Kavanagh, as he starts his new job as a Defender on the Wall It is COLD The Booker Prize Longlist 2019 Lanchester s dystopian novel explores a world where sea levels have risen dramatically after the Change , land is scarce and in need of protection from the Others Thus, the country similar to the U.K has erected the Wall and manned it with Defenders to keep out water and unwelcome immigrants a literal Brexit.Above all, The Wall is an atmospheric novel We meet the narrator, Joseph Kavanagh, as he starts his new job as a Defender on the Wall It is COLD The wall is made of gray cement, devoid of any warmth There is not warmth to be found anywhere not in the weather, not in the rules governing the Defenders, nor in personal relationships Even Lanchester s characters seem to be devoid of heat.Lanchester does an excellent job of revealing the cruelties inherent in this cold world and its philosophical implications Enjoy