The Wall

A dystopian love story thriller

Young Adult - Thriller
261 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2022
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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite

The Wall by L.J. Sellers depicts a society enclosed by a wall to keep the residents safe from the beastly Savages that lurk on the outside. When Jayla’s sister is found dead as a victim of the Savages, she is unable to control her emotions and is immediately sent away to a detention camp for her inappropriate behavior. Ronin, the bodytaker, impulsively offers to look after Jayla’s little brother while she is away, even though he has his own troubles to worry about. His parents don’t support his dream of going to the tech program, but he’s becoming more and more intrigued by mysterious messages he’s been receiving on his phone that appear to be coming from outside the wall. When Jayla and Ronin cross paths again, they discover that they may be dealing with a corrupt government that has been hiding some pretty big secrets from the people they are supposed to be keeping safe.

I enjoyed the shifting perspective between Jayla and Ronin that showed differences in the social classes within the dystopian society of The Wall. In just one of her many standalone thrillers, L.J. Sellers has created an interesting world that has been separated from the rest of the planet for many years, and it is easy to imagine that such a society may even exist today in the form of a cult. I loved how “modern” this story felt, with modern technology rather than more advanced technology as you might see in a typical science fiction story. Combine the modern setting with today’s social issues, such as poverty and corrupt government agendas, and you have overall topics that even young adult readers can easily understand and relate to. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality is one of my favorite things to see in a book, and L.J. Sellers does a great job at making this happen.