“The Ship” is a new novel written by Antonia Honey. It features the story of Lalla, a teenager who must leave a future version of Earth due to climate change. Under the oppressive atmosphere of an authoritarian British state, Lalla dreams of a ship she was promised as a child would come and take everyone away to a utopia. At age sixteen, the promised ship comes for her, and she learns what it is like to get everything she’s ever wanted.
- The possibility of getting on a ship and abandoning our human progress, with every one of its shortcomings and downsides, may appear to be engaging in the current political atmosphere.
- Sixteen-year-old Lalla lives in a diminish future where a worldwide temperature alteration and the impacts of environmental change have attacked the planet.
- The British government has gone into disrepair, supplanted by an abusive administration fixated on monitoring its nationals.
“But Honeywell is too talented an author to leave the discussion there. Through Lalla, the reader is forced to ask: Is mere survival enough? Yes, bellies are full and there is no imminent threat of death, but is a life only defined by the material things you have worth living? Particularly when what you have is mindlessly provided to you?”