There’s no such thing as paradise: A book review on The Wall by Antoine Charreyron

In a post-apocalyptic future, civilization is no more and humanity lives on looting and hacking, organizing itself into makeshift villages or caravans of roaring wrecks. In this brutal society, a young repairman named Solal does what he can to protect his sister Eva, who suffers from a respiratory illness. But when their medication runs out, they have only one hope: to go to the “Wall”, a gigantic impregnable enclosure guarded by monstrous robots. Inside that fabled shelter lives a community of powerful people with the resources to help them… but all is not as optimistic as it seems…


Review

Dark, dystopian novels are my guilty pleasure and The Wall by Antoine Charreyron did not fail to impress. You start the story with two siblings trying to survive in a desolate and savage world and the older brother is hounded by the pressing problem of finding medicine for his little sister who is suffering from a certain type of lung disease that resembles asthma. After a series of events, Solal is convinced that the only way for him to save Eva is to go to ‘The Wall’ to steal some medicine. The Wall is an area that separates the rich from the poor and it is guarded by a violent and deadly robot that is programmed to kill anyone who tries to infiltrate The Wall.

The main hero, Solal, is still in his teens and I was very curious as to how he would be able to go past The Wall. This was the hook that kept me reading the first few pages. My mind was bombed with a thousand questions as I pondered on the how’s and whats. Fortunately, I was not disappointed! Despite the challenges Solal encounters, he manages to evade The Wall’s defenses out of sheer determination to save his little sister.

Family is an underlying theme that is heavily present in the Wall. It is what drives the main character to do near impossible tasks and it is also what perpetuates a deadly problem within the confines of The Wall. What this comic portrays really well is how people are willing to go above and beyond for the ones that they love. It also shows the darker side of this kind of devotion as it shows how certain actions that are taken to save a loved one may not be for the benefit of the greater good.

The first page of the comic. Isn’t the art awesome?

The art is great and I love how it compliments the story. It has a nitty, gritty feel to it that gives you post-apocalyptic vibes when you read. Readers are also treated with beautiful panels in color at the turn of every page.

In addition, it’s also rare to find Asian characters playing the main role in a comic and it is refreshing that this comic has an Asian as the protagonist.

One aspect that I did not enjoy is that I felt that the comic has a slow start and I found it difficult to get hooked in the first few pages but everything changes in the middle. The plot quickens, intensifies, and comes with an unexpected twist that catches you off guard! However, I wish that this happened sooner.

Dark and gritty, I enjoyed reading The Wall. I think that this comic is heavily underrated and I recommend this to readers who enjoy reading about dystopian futures in a post-apocalyptic setting.


Disclaimer: Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

The synopsis is from Goodreads.com

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