The Ship - by Antonia Honeywell

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 very naïve and yet questions everything once on board the ship. It isn't an action packed thrill ride like many apocalyptic books but more thought provoking. While reading, I questioned her parents motives and if I would do the same as them or would I make the same decision as Lalla. The blurb says it is a coming of age story but I think it is also a story of choices and what it means to live versus just being alive.

I thought this was a stand alone book but I have since noticed on Goodreads that it now says The Ship #1 in parenthesis.

From the books blurb:

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.

I received a advance copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.