Book Review – National Service (Beyond These Walls #2) by Michael Robertson

First published, 2018

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The story continues for Spike and his friends as they go beyond the walls of Edin to extend the boundary into the lost city. But with the diseased running rampant through the old concrete and metal maze, how will the recruits manage when entitled brat, Ranger, starts messing with their equipment? How many will fall before their national service is over? How many skin-traced love hearts is too many? And will Spike’s aversion to authority and his overpowering gut instincts see him lose his chance at becoming a protector?

Very good pacing, a little more of the back story comes out in this, the second part of the series, which I found enjoyable. In National Service, we find out where the story is actually set, which was a nice development. The characters are true to themselves and there was a brilliant moment, during the introduction to the current protectors, who go beyond the wall in advance of the recruits and their wheelbarrows, when I got the theme tune to the 1990s ITV show Gladiators stuck in my head. Came out of nowhere, but it made me happy.

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