I had read mixed reviews about this book before starting it and I probably would not have picked it up if it had not been on the Booker longlist but on first glance I thought there was a chance that I would enjoy this story so I was excited to start to read it.
It did not get off to a good start! I found the writing very dry,it was an effort to read it,I did not connect with any of the characters,it was so black and white and flat. I was seriously struggling and then,quite suddenly,I began to gain interest in the story and from there on the book got much better for me.
In my opinion I think you need to come to this book without many clues so I'm going to be pretty basic with the story outline.
Set in the future the world has been affected by 'the change' (writing that down makes me think of the menopause and now my review is going to pieces as I chortle away 🤔 such a serious reviewer) ...moving on... there is a wall, a big wall that keeps people out and everybody has to serve their time on the wall. The consequences of failing to guard the wall properly are dire.
I was bored,then intrigued,wanting to find out more,how was this going to end? I was excited to pick the book up and talked about it to anyone who would listen to me.
This book deals with group mentality,
loss of autonomy and independence and how to survive in a very different world to ours.
The writing is sparse,the subject is grim,the result is an intriguing book which I enjoyed much more than I thought I would. It made my mind tick - how were the characters were doing, would they survive, what did the landscape look like,how it must have felt to be so dependent on others in control,the viewpoint of 'the others'. I found it fascinating to think about this civilisation. What would their world look like? What would I do in this situation? The sheer hardship of the wall.
It's not a book for everybody but if you feel interested in the storyline it is worth a read.
And my last thought is this 'How would you cope if you were sent to The Wall?'
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