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Barricade by Jon Wallace

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The world has ended. No big surprise there. It is a popular theme in fiction at the moment. This post-apocalyptic adventure differs from the norm. There is no plucky human seeking to overthrow the dictator. This story is told from the point of view of what we would call “the enemy”. Kenstibec is an enhanced life form. He wants to build beautiful cities but he’s stuck driving a cab. All the Ficials, like Kenstibec, were designed to make the world a better place. They ended up destroying humanity while humanity destroyed the planet. Kenstibec’s purpose is gone. And that is where it starts. Apocalypse is twisted enough but this is a twisted Apocalypse. It’s a fast, engrossing, exciting read, with Kenstibec’s memories of the end interspersed with the narrative. It has a very zombie feel but it is somehow worse for those the protagonist sees as the ‘zombies’, the useless, the dying, are us. It really grabbed me.

If you like Jon Wallace you might also like to read books by Samantha Shannon, Daniel H. Wilson and Brandon Sanderson.

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Barricade by Jon Wallace

Kenstibec was genetically engineered to build a new world, but the apocalypse forced a career change. These days he drives a taxi instead. A fast-paced, droll and disturbing novel, BARRICADE is a savage road trip across the dystopian landscape of post-apocalypse Britain; narrated by the cold-blooded yet magnetic antihero, Kenstibec. Kenstibec is a member of the 'Ficial' race, a breed of merciless super-humans. Their war on humanity has left Britain a wasteland, where Ficials hide in barricaded cities, besieged by tribes of human survivors. Originally optimised for construction, Kenstibec earns his keep as a taxi driver, running any Ficial who will pay from one surrounded city to another. The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who's touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that's just the start of his troubles. On his journey he encounters ten-foot killer rats, a mutant king with a TV fixation, a drug-crazed army, and even the creator of the Ficial race. He also finds time to uncover a terrible plot to destroy his species for good - and humanity too.


I found Barricade to be a fast-paced action adventure, full of dilemmas that need to be overcome. The book left me with many questions, two of which were: Why is there always fear of the unknown? Does being logical mean you always know best? Fantasy Book Review Jon Wallace keeps the pace up, delivering inense setpieces alongside plenty of twisted humour and bone-crunching violence SFX

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Jon Wallace is a debut author. He lives in London.

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30th November 1999


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