The Wall (Hardcover)
Kavanagh is stuck on the wall defending the border. It's deadly cold and miserable and there's no way out of it. Everyone must serve two years on the wall where sea levels are rising and the danger of invasion by the Others is ever present. Even though the penalty for any breach of the wall is to become an outcast–an Other–Kavanagh wonders if some excitement wouldn't be better than the solitary, mind-numbing, twelve hour shifts he has to endure. In a world where the only goal seems to be continued existence, he begins to contemplate the risk of change and, even more precarious, of relationship. John Lanchester strikes a chord in this dystopian novel by underlining issues of our time–climate change, political polarization, xenophobia–in a survival story that becomes much more.— Karen
Ravaged by the Change, an island nation in a time very like our own has built the Wall--an enormous concrete barrier around its entire coastline. Joseph Kavanagh, a new Defender, has one 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. Beset by cold, loneliness, and fear, Kavanagh tries to fulfill his duties to his demanding Captain and Sergeant, even as he grows closer to his fellow Defenders. A dark part of him wonders whether it would be interesting if something did happen, if they came, if he had to fight for his life...
John Lanchester--acclaimed as "an elegant and wonderfully witty writer" (New York Times) and "a writer of rare intelligence" (Los Angeles Times)--has written a taut, hypnotic novel of a broken world and what might be found when all is lost. The Wall blends the most compelling issues of our time--rising waters, rising fear, rising political division--into a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival.