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The Wall
The Wall | John Lanchester
Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else. He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. But somewhere, in the dark cave of his mind, he thinks: wouldn't it be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if you had to fight for your life? John Lanchester's thrilling, hypnotic new novel is about why the young are right to hate the old. It's about a broken world you will recognise as your own-and about what might be found when all is lost.
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eddthered86
The Wall | John Lanchester
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Great book. Runs the full range of the dystopian world he has created, whilst also putting in a great plot. Some lovely touches of characterisation, and the inter generational conflict almost sounded too real.

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AnneCecilie
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Mehso-so

Finally this book is over. I can‘t remember the last time I spent this long to read a 270p book. I started last Monday, went away for the weekend and didn‘t think about the characters or the book once. There‘s nothing wrong with the book, I‘m not just its right reader. If it hadn‘t made it to the Booker Longlist, I never would‘ve picked it up.

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Cathythoughts
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Pickpick

I‘m giving this one a Pick 👍🏻. The second half dragged a little for me - but ultimately redeemed itself. There were some truly poignant moments that made it all worthwhile. 👍🏻♥️💔 very glad I listened. Will be thinking about this one ... I think it has every right to make the Booker short list 🤞🏻

Cathythoughts Thanks @Ms_T I would never have got to it only for your post 👍🏻 (edited) 3mo
Ms_T @Cathythoughts Lovely review and thank you for tagging me. I‘m glad you enjoyed it 😘 3mo
TrishB I shall get to this one eventually! 3mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB I think it‘s really good 👍🏻 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Glad it‘s a Pick for you! 😘 3mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks Jessie ♥️ 3mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m half way through The Wall on Audible & my blue tooth battery just died. So I have to wait. I‘m very surprised, as I had no interest in it & Im finding that it‘s really good so far... it‘s giving me chills about the future of our world. It‘s also very quotable:
...” relief is probably the purest form of happiness there is “ ... I can identify with this.
Looking forward to the second half .... 👍🏻

Ms_T This is great to hear! 3mo
JamieArc I felt the same way. I thought it was going to be dry and slow reading but I really enjoyed reading it. 3mo
Cathythoughts @Ms_T yes! Thanks. I‘d never have gone there. I‘m really into it ! Part 2 up next 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @JamieArc me too. I‘ve 2d half to go & I can only imagine I‘ll love it 👍🏻 3mo
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Ms_T
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Today‘s daily deal from #Audible

I read a sample of this as part of the Man Booker Longlist 2019 and was waiting to see if it was shortlisted. At Q9.99 today though I‘m not waiting! Although it‘s had mixed reviews on Litsy, i enjoyed the sample and thought the concept was great. Also, I loved Capital by the same author.

TrishB I‘ll look out for your review- I‘ve seen very mixed reviews but think it sounds interesting! 3mo
Birdsong28 Thanks for the tag I will look into this! 📚📖 3mo
Cathythoughts That‘s such a good deal ! I have bought 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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Ms_T @TrishB Watch this space 😃 3mo
Ms_T @Birdsong28 You‘re welcome 😘 3mo
Ms_T @Cathythoughts Great! I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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Ready to start my fourth book from this year‘s Booker Longlist

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JamieArc
The Wall | John Lanchester
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I don‘t usually love man booker nominees, and expected this to be slow and dry, but found it quite the opposite. Dropped in a world ravaged by climate change, I was completely engrossed in the story and all the questions I had - who are The Others? Where is the setting? What happened? - drove me to read ahead. Even though many questions went unanswered, I found this a very satisfying and enjoyable read. #manbooker

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Simona
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Panpan

I still have to read three books from the Booker longlist, but I‘m 💯% sure that this is the weakest book on this year‘s list. In my opinion this is just an average dystopian YA story. Some interesting thoughts/ideas about near future, but poor execution. #BookerPrize2019

Redwritinghood Agree! 3mo
Redheadrambles Yep that seems fair. 3mo
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Redheadrambles
The Wall | John Lanchester
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

This ended up being ok despite all indicators to the contrary. It might not be a literary prize-winning effort and as a dystopia it takes a fairly minimalist approach to world-building. Take one big wall, add water, baby politicians and some "Others" and that is your backstory. However, I approached this as a type of team-bonding novel; a low-key version of Platoon, set in England with tea and biscuits and as such I enjoyed it

Redheadrambles #booker2019( No. 5 / 13 ) (edited) 3mo
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atla
The Wall | John Lanchester
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Mehso-so

This one, a 2019 Booker longlist title, was... fine. The intense foreshadowing kept me reading, and the writing itself was fine. I liked the way it played with the concept of “othering.” But it didn‘t do much for me emotionally or intellectually. A better examination of walls/borders and the human consequences can be found in another Booker longlist title - Lost Children Archive - which is denser but gives so much more to chew on.

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Moray_Reads
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Panpan

I'm puzzled about the hype surrounding this one. Yes, the themes of mass population movent, xenophobia and climate disaster are apposite but the writing is bland and the characters barely hold together. The world-building is sparse, not least because there is no information about what happened during the Change. Sea levels rose dramatically, that's all we know. It's a curiously flat book and I'm surprised it's a Booker long-lister

Kalalalatja Couldn‘t agree more! 3mo
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atla
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Long-listed for Booker Prize 2019. “Ravaged by the [climate] change, an island nation [...] has built the Wall - an enormous concrete barrier around its entire coastline. Joseph, a new Defender, has 1 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.”

8little_paws Aww a beautiful fluff 3mo
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Emilymdxn
The Wall | John Lanchester
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7/13 #bookerprize longlist

A slow build for me but I came to like it much more than I thought I would at the beginning. It seemed simple but got deeper and more complex as it went on and I really didn‘t want it to end. I liked the bare almost mystical landscapes and the enigmatic characters like the captain and the hermit. I‘m not sure if this will end up on my personal shortlist cause there‘s so many good books this year but I really liked it

JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s great that you stuck with it!! I couldn‘t. 3mo
AnneCecilie I‘ve this at the library, ready for me to pick it up. I‘ve seen mixed reviews for this one, so glad you liked it. Makes me more positive towards it. 3mo
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BookwormM
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Pickpick

#BookerPrize2019

I kept expecting John Snow and Mance Rayder to appear 🤣🤣

A book that raises interesting points but points that have been raised before in more innovative ways.

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2923425406

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Kalalalatja
The Wall | John Lanchester
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Mehso-so

A bit #MoreMehThanYeah. While I did like the setting and premise of the book, it was just a bit too boring to really wow me. The characters felt flat, and some parts moved way too quickly, while others were way too slow.

I‘m counting this as my #SoldiersStory for #Booked2019, since the MC is serving out his compulsory military service for most of the book.

#BookerPrize2019

TrishB I‘m probably going to wait for an offer on this one. Curious but can definitely wait! 4mo
Cathythoughts I was going to let it go ... but #SoldiersStory is a book I need to tick 🤔 (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews 3mo
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Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts it is relatively short, if that helps 🤷‍♀️ @TrishB @Cinfhen definitely a #borrownotbuy or a cheap kindle deal. It wasn‘t bad, but it wasn‘t great either 3mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I really recommend this one for soldiers story 3mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks ! I just took a screenshot of your suggestion- I‘ve never read John Boyne.. so maybe it‘s time to give him a go 👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks, Katja 👍🏻 3mo
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mklong
The Wall | John Lanchester
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Panpan

Everything about this, setting, plot, characterizations, even the message the author seems to be putting across, is all just too simple. There is no complexity in any of it to dig into. And yet, the plot points are still over explained. To the point that even the most crucial events, that should be exciting, lose all impact. I think I'm starting to hear a "how did this make the Booker long list?" echo.

Booker 5/13

Redheadrambles @mklong oh boy - I keep moving this further down my bookshelf and I brought it in like March ! 4mo
mklong @Redheadrambles I‘m very glad that I got this one from the library! 4mo
BarbaraBB @mklong @Redheadrambles I liked it a lot but now I read your review and do agree with most of what you say! 4mo
emilyhaldi Yes!!! I'm in complete agreement with you! 3mo
mklong @emilyhaldi I loved your review too! 3mo
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rmaclean4
The Wall | John Lanchester
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Pickpick

Dystopian novel about England. The world building was effortless (I did not see the author working to create this world it was just revealed) and the story was engaging to a point. There was a detachment from the characters for me. Well written and I would be curious to read more work from this writer but this story held me at arms length. 3.5 🌟

Cathythoughts Interesting... I‘m getting least attracted to reading this one from reviews I‘ve seen. 4mo
rmaclean4 @Cathythoughts I am glad that I had heard very little about this before I read it. Worth a read but would not be my pick for the Booker. 4mo
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mreads
The Wall | John Lanchester
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First person narrative always translates well to audio I think. Set in future Britain after climate event led to a wall being built and patrolled around the island to keep out 'others'. Obvious commentary on government and ordinary peoples inertia regarding climate change and also immigration.
Longlisted for the Booker I'd vote no on short listing it. But entertaining enough to be a pick.

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emilyhaldi
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Panpan

This book is as dull and monotonous as the endless concrete wall at its center. The dystopian plot is not well thought out nor clever- climate change has caused water levels to rise, walls are built surrounding Britain to exclude “The Others” from being able to enter, while the world seems to somehow continue otherwise unaffected- no food shortages, a persevering economy, etc. What the plot lacks is not offset by the writing... (cont. 👇🏻)

emilyhaldi Lanchester overexplains every thought or action of the narrator to the point that it could pass for a YA novel. I‘m confounded as to why this book has been chosen for the #manbooker long list. 4mo
Megabooks Blech! 4mo
Cathythoughts Interesting!!! Some of these Booker books ... I don‘t get it 4mo
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TrishB And I had been tempted by this one. I‘ve found I like them less and less each year. (edited) 4mo
Kalalalatja Well, I‘m in no hurry to get to this, then 😅 4mo
Redwritinghood Agree. This is definitely not the strongest of the Booker contenders this year. One thing that bothered me was how he said they produced all their own food, but they kept drinking tea and coffee. I was so distracted thinking “there‘s no way they could grow tea and coffee in England” every time a character drank tea or coffee. It was annoying. (edited) 4mo
batsy I love an entertaining pan like this one 😆 Nice review ! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I wasn‘t drawn to this one when I read the synopsis..🤷‍♀️ Nice review 👍 4mo
emilyhaldi Right! @Redwritinghood So many details that didn‘t correspond with the narrative. 4mo
emilyhaldi Glad to be of service 😆 @batsy 4mo
Reviewsbylola You‘re not a dystopian fan tho so why did you read this? 😆 4mo
BarbaraBB I did like this one but I recognize all you say about it. I think I liked the premise and was maybe not very critical. 4mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB and I, on the other hand, tend to hate dystopian plots, so I was hyper-critical 😆 since this made the long list I thought I would give it a try but I need to stop trying to make dystopian fiction happen!!! 🙅🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB Haha. I do like dystopian sometimes. Do you hate them all? 3mo
emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB my hate for them grows with every additional one I read 😆 feels like the same trope to me each time. 3mo
Mdargusch Yuck. I never would‘ve picked this up. #justsaynotodystopian 3mo
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Redwritinghood
The Wall | John Lanchester
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Mehso-so

This is a dystopian novel about climate change, nationalism, and immigration, as much as it is about human nature and basic survival. The book started out slow with a dissertation about the wall and climate change and the disruption of society-not the most interesting way to do world-building. It did pick up about halfway through. Despite the characters constant fight for survival, however, the book just didn‘t seem to move quickly. 2.5⭐️ #Hoopla

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Pricel101
The Wall | John Lanchester
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1- Currently reading The Wall, themes of climate change, anti immigration and slavery. One chapter to go will add a review!
2- Podcast- Broken Harts is a 6part series about a lesbian couple who adopt 6 African American children and the ensuing tragedy.
3- Book discussion- Tan France‘s (Queer Eye) new memoir! Love talking books with @samjmitchell 💜📖

BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll like the book. I certainly did. 5mo
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Debblyliz
The Wall | John Lanchester
Pickpick

A slow book with periods of boredom for the characters punctuated with sheer terror. I found there to be parallels between those on The Wall and the young men in the trenches in WW1; a lack of understanding why and mistrust in the elite and the old not serving time. Questions are raised about immigration and climate change, I enjoyed the quiet spaces in the book which allowed reflection.

Itchyfeetreader This is a fascinating review you have piqued my interest ! 5mo
Debblyliz Thanks ☺️ 5mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
The Wall | John Lanchester
Bailedbailed

I have to bail. 80 pages in and it‘s as bad as doing a 12 hour shift at the Wall. Lol To me, this book is like watching paint dry.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I realize this may be a bit harsh, my hemoglobin is low and I‘m like Edward before the hunt, but I still stand by it, maybe not as bad as watching paint dry, that is extreme, but let‘s say the book wasn‘t for me. 5mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Sandy Hook, E beach, Gateway Recreational, NPS.
Beautiful day to start this one. So far on p36 and I‘m hoping it takes off soon, bc It‘s a bit of a slug right now🤞🏽

Cinfhen @BarbaraBB just posted about this book!! She liked it and said it was good. Try to stick with it❤️ (edited) 5mo
BarbaraBB I like your edition more than mine! 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @cindhen I will @BarbaraBB It‘s the library‘s. I broke a cardinal rule and brought it to the beach, but it never left my hands. Lol 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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“It‘s not the future, but it‘s a version of a future, and it feels a lot like a version of the future that we are heading for.”

This is John Lanchester describing the tagged book, about England after an (utterly believable) apocalypse due to climate changes. It is a very good book and it fits The Clash‘s lyrics perfectly!

#LondonCalling #WanderingJune 📸: Google

Cinfhen This sounds really good!! I remember you recently reviewed it!! I think I may have stacked it then 🤩 5mo
Cinfhen Nope, but I did now!!! #Stacked 5mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It is a short one and easy to read but its impact is as huge as the wall surrounding England 😘 5mo
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TrishB Have already stacked this! Waiting for a bargain. 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Cool!! I‘m starting this today!! 5mo
BarbaraBB @JanuarieTimewalker13 I think you‘ll like it. I am looking forward to your thoughts! 5mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB The paperback will be published in September! 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @BarbaraBB The beginning is sluggish, but I‘m going to plod along...🐢 5mo
BarbaraBB There will be action soon! @JanuarieTimewalker13 (edited) 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

The UK has build a wall around its coastline to protect its inhabitants against the rising sea and refugees trying to enter the country after the Change. We follow some people who take turns defending the Wall.

This is a frightening and very realistic novel about migration and climate change, about survival in harsh and uncertain times. The book describes a world that is unmistakably ours, albeit irreparably damaged.

#Booked2019 Cli-Fi

TrishB I quite fancy this one! Stacked... 5mo
Cinfhen Sounds interesting 🤓great review 5mo
Kalalalatja Ooooh, this sounds good! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, your review makes me want to give this a try! 5mo
readordierachel Sounds very timely. Stacked! 5mo
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rsteve388
The Wall | John Lanchester
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I think thia book is a good mirror to reflect upon what our world will be like when climate change in no longer stoppable. Wheb our efforts are meaningless and we must find a new way to live. It was a social commentary on how in times of crisis we sheild ourselfes off from.helping others and create this us Vs them mentality.

The ending was of survival and while it wasnt a happy ending it was an ending of relief.

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rsteve388
The Wall | John Lanchester

Daily Check-in

Walked 8 miles between yesterday and today.
Read up to chapter 19.
I am going on a hike tomorrow.

#BookFitnessChallenge
#BFC19

baes Awesome job! 6mo
Clwojick Enjoy your hike! Bring water to stay hydrated 💙 6mo
TheEllieMo Well done 👍🏻 Enjoy the hike! 6mo
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rsteve388
The Wall | John Lanchester

So today for #BFC i walked : 4 miles.

Listened up to.chapter 21 of Nelson Mendela Long Walk to Freedom.

Read up to chapter 10 of The Wall

#BookFitnessChallenge
@wanderinglynn

BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6mo
wanderinglynn Fantastic walk! 🙌🏻 6mo
dariazeoli Nice work! Keep it up! 6mo
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TheSpineView That's awesome! 6mo
4thhouseontheleft Great book choice! 6mo
Caterina Great job!! How are you enjoying Long Walk to Freedom? 6mo
rsteve388 Long Walk to Freedom is amazing. Truly inspiring in South Africas Fight for freedom.and Mendelas journey to becoming President. I read up to chp 40 today and it is so interesting and impressive. 6mo
Clwojick Great job 💜💚 6mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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What will we do when the sea levels rise? What will become of humanity? This book offers a version of that future told through the eyes of Kavanagh a lad sent to defend the Wall from the Others. People are sent to the Wall, they have to survive 2 yrs in the cold hoping that the Others don't make it over the Wall. Fans of dystopian novels will enjoy this, I did.

#Dystopian #Future #ReadABook #BookNerd #Bookaholic #Books #Defenders #Survival

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Tashreads
The Wall: A Novel | John Lanchester
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The first third of this book is repetitive and rather dull, but I am so glad I stuck with it. The second and third parts enthralled me. It is a cautionary tale about what happens when we build walls ( *cough* Trump!) and the disastrous, possible effects of climate change. It really is a dystopian novel of our time.

JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, I‘m so glad I read your review, bc I‘m on p61 and pretty much bored to tears, but I will hang on. 5mo
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