The Ship by Antonia Honeywell: A Review

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. 

Purchase: Amazon 

Synopsis:

“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.

Musings: 

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!

The Wendy Project: A Review 

The Wendy Project by Osborne Fish


My Rating: 4 stars to the right and straight on till morning… 

Publisher: Papercutz

Publish Date: July 18th, 2017

Recieved: Netgalley provided an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Pre-Order: Amazon

Synopsis: 

16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night in New England with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy — a once rational teenager – shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is The Wendy Project merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds?

Musings: 

Ok… first of all a Peter Pan retelling in Graphic novel format!?! Pure Gold! The second I saw this on Netgalley I had to request it, and you have to know their were a lot of girlish screams involved upon being approved. 

This Graphic novel is extremely gorgeous! The artwork is beautiful with a gray-scale for the real world and a bright watercolor deliciousness for how Wendy herself starts to see it. I loved the contrast of color and light and dark mixed together and told a story all of its own. It was striking to see who brightly Pan’s characters were painted and how beautifully it all went together. The artwork was an A++! 

The story itself honestly got to me. Wendy’s fight with her family and everyone else that her baby brother was still alive tugged at my heart. In many ways I wanted more of the drama and the tragedy of that sort of loss and even more backlash at Wendy’s conviction that her brother is alive. In fact I wanted more of this story in general at 92 pages it is far too short for a book this good. I wanted to live in it longer and to really bask in all the Neverland glory! 

All and all this story is glorious and the lost girl of my heart shines with this books existance. All I can say is that “The Wendy Project” is stunning and I will be wanting more of it and more from Osborne for a very long time.