Barricade is the debut Novel by Jon Wallace, published by Gollancz. It's the fierce and thrilling tale of a taxi driver in post-apocalypse Britain.

Narrator 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. Kenstibec earns his keep driving an armoured taxi, running high-octane sorties from city to city. 

The trips are always brutal, but this will be his toughest yet: His guide is trying to kill him. His fare has heavy luggage. And that's just the start of his troubles…


"a scintillating debut...the end of civilisation has seldom been such gruesome fun" - Financial Times

"gleefully macabre...the line between human and artificial minds is blurred pleasingly on this road trip through a ruined Britain" - The Sun

"compelling, fast-paced, and full of action" - The Bookseller

"a bona fide barnstormer of a book...Wallace’s novel is fun from word one, packed with impactful action, and augmented by a brilliantly British—which is to say wicked—sense of humour." -

"A superb, powerful, perfectly-paced debut that I found myself galloping through – clearly a writer we should be keeping an eye on. Hugely recommended." - Forbidden Planet

"even a machine would find it tough not to enjoy the glee with which Wallace breaks the world apart" - SciFi Now

"If you like your dystopias cranked up to 11 you'll love this book - 8/10"- Starburst Magazine

"a darkly funny journey and one not to be missed" - SF Book Reviews

"a brilliant new voice in the genre... Barricade needs to be on your list, and Jon Wallace needs to be on your radar" - Reader Dad

"a wildly exciting and often very funny book" - upcoming4me

"The fast paced narrative is a big draw...this is a promising debut." The Big Issue