The Ship by Antonia Honeywell
My Rating: This Book is Wow… 5 stars!
Publisher: Orbit Books
Publish Date: April 25th, 2017
Recieved: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
“Powerful, haunting, and beautiful,” (M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts) 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 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.
The Ship is the epitome of everything I could ever want in a dystopia. The descriptions vibrate in the mind and echo down into the heart and everything connects and becomes something grand at the very end. I gave myself a lot of time reading this book, reading chapters here and there and wondering all the time why I didn’t just read it all in one sitting? Well, I find the answer when I think about what this book is about, starvation, hurt, anger, relief, stagnancy, fear, and the apple.
Have you ever thought about the privilege of eating an apple? Holding it in your hand smooth skin against you hand and turning it around for just the right place to sink in your teeth. The resistance and sweet taste as juices flow into your mouth and you take another bite and another and another until you reach the core of it. Maybe having bit in too deep ending up with a small arsenic filled black seed on your tounge. All of this and the biggest privilege of all seeing an apple tree in full bloom and weeks pass and there you have it the apple ripe for the picking. That one tree rooted in the ground just to give and give and give.
This book is like that and it’s something I needed to savor. It is about the apple. It is about desperation, privilege, and the lack there of, even the very definition of what privilege is, but most of all it is about a girl. A girl who lives in a decaying world with a father who used his privilege to build a ship to be humanities final stand, but to quote the essence of the book to live a life of certainty is to live a life without hope and if there is no hope you can never truly live.
I am in love with this book. I didn’t know for a long time as I was reading it where the story was going or what it would mean to me, but it is a story well-told and to say more would ruin it as you should discover what it means for yourself. The Ship is incredible. Read it as soon as you can.
Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this review and that you will check out The Ship as soon as you can! It is a book of great impact and I know it has given me a lot to think about. Let me know what you think down in the comments.
-Till next time!