Waiting On Wednesday - Barricade by Jon Wallace

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Barricade by Jon Wallace
Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: June 19th, 2014 by Gollancz

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.

How can you read that blurb and not want to read the whole damned thing, right here, right now? It almost sounds like it has a satirical Max Headroom post-apocalyptic feel to it, and that just hits all the right buttons for me. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this!


  1. OOh that sounds exciting! Hope you enjoy it once you read it!

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  2. Ooo...sounds interesting! Hope you enjoy!
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  3. That definitely sounds really exciting! It's quite a different take on the whole dystopian genre and I love the idea of him running a taxi-service! I hope you enjoy it :) Thanks for sharing
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  4. A Max Headroom reference? Be still my heart! That show last all of one season didn't it?


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