First Line Fridays: The Wall by John Lanchester #firstlinefridays #thenavireview #bookreview #thewall #johnlanchester

Happy Friday everyone! Yesterday, I just finished reading The Dreamers (review coming soon)! I’m now debating on whether to start The Wall by John Lanchester or Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis! I have both books with me, so I’ll decide on something today, probably based on how I feel about this first few lines of The Wall, which I’m reading for the first time now as I write this! Ah, a reader’s life!

As many of you know, MY OWN BOOK, The Other Americans, releases this month on January 22nd, so I’m up to my neck in alllll of the best kinds of busy preparing for that! Starting next week, this blog will start “THE OTHER AMERICANS THURSDAYS” where you can go to learn all about the book, have access to the link to preorder and buy and see all of the interviews and videos I post of behind the scenes preparations and the book release party! Taking a line from an episode of Entourage, “Does that sound like something you may be interested in?” 🙂 Let me know below!

Now, let’s see how this book begins, shall we!


It’s cold on the wall. That’s the first thing everybody tells you, and the first thing you notice when you’re sent there, and it’s the thing you think about all the time when you’re on it, and it’s the thing you remember when you’re not there anymore. It’s cold on the wall.

Definitely an intriguing start! Forgive me, because this opening definitely conjures up memories from Game of Thrones for me! Let’s take it a bit further:

You look for metaphors, it’s cold as slate, as diamond, as the moon. Cold as charity–that’s a good one. But you soon realize that the thing about the cold is that it isn’t a metaphor. It isn’t like anything else. It’s nothing but a physical fact. This kind of cold, anyway. Cold is cold is cold.

I’m not sure how I feel about this one yet. I may go check out the first few lines of Restoration Heights, which releases later this month, before making a decision! What do you think? Does this sound like a book you’d like to read? Are you up for a little of this:

Book Blurb

Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: March 5th 2019 by W. W. Norton Company

The best-selling author of The Debt to Pleasure and Capitalreturns with a chilling fable for our time.

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 border. 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 attack constantly. 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. And then the Others attack. . . .

Acclaimed British novelist John Lanchester, “a writer of rare intelligence” (Los Angeles Times), delivers a taut dystopian novel that blends the most compelling issues of our time—rising waters, rising fear, rising political division—into a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival.



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2 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: The Wall by John Lanchester #firstlinefridays #thenavireview #bookreview #thewall #johnlanchester

    1. Thanks so much, Ethan! It is BEYOND exciting! lol THRILLING! I can’t wait to share it with you guys! I’ll continue to post updates leading up to the launch and the launch party, AND I’ll add videos of the launch party and live interviews to this blog! 🙂


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