Reviewed by Amy Wisehart, Director

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This novel imagines a near future in which sea level rise has caused much of the world to become uninhabitable. Joseph, the main character, has become a “defender” and must guard the wall keeping his unnamed country safe from the “others” who try to invade via the sea. It’s a brutal assignment but most young people must complete a short stint of service on the wall. He bonds with many of his fellow defenders, but all is not as it seems. This is a gripping, well plotted novel.