At first, as I read this novel, I wasn’t quite sure just what was going on. The setting is a dystopian world bearing resemblance to Nazi Germany. Events are occurring in the 1950s, we later find out. The highly original voice of Standish Treadwell leads us through the story. He is a boy who lives with his Grandfather in impoverished conditions and is mocked at school for his lack of academic ability. “Can’t read! Can’t write! Standish Treadwell isn’t bright”. A boy with one brown eye and one blue eye, and a way of seeing the world that is different from others, Standish and his friend Hector court danger when they discover what’s on the other side of the wall, whilst chasing a soccer ball. In a world where life is not valued and the Motherland dictates the beliefs of individuals at all costs, Standish must try desperately to keep secret what he has seen and knows. This is a narrative that is at times humorous, at times tender, at times glaringly violent. Well worth the read though, as Standipresents an original voice and the novel provokes much thought and discussion.