The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
~ Synsopsis ~
There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.
With her criminal record, sixteen-year-old Char is never going to get a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect Earth’s survivors. The Arks are reserved for the real goody-goodies, like Char’s mom, dad, and brother, all of whom have long since turned their backs on her.
With Earth on the brink of destruction, Char must use all her tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they want to see her or not.
Once she arrives on the North American Ark, Char discovers that the remnants of humanity haven’t achieved the egalitarian utopia they’d planned for. For starters, the “Officers of the Peace” are anything but peaceful, especially since stealing a spot on an Ark is a crime punishable by death…
~ Review by Angela ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I knew when I read the synopsis of this book that I HAD to read it. It sounded like such a great, unique read that I figured I would enjoy the hell out of it. And you know what? I was not disappointed! I had no idea where the author was going with this story and was completely blown away by the situations and dilemmas that she gave to her characters.
A meteor is heading to Earth and it will wipe it out; no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Char is in juvenile detention and has no hope of leaving or getting a place on the super exclusive ARK. She may be a senator’s daughter, but because of her “indiscretions” she has pretty much killed any chance of surviving this catastrophe. She is resigned to her destiny when everything changes and she is racing against time to make it to the port in time to catch the shuttle to the ARK.
Char knows that she is not worthy of leaving Earth and living in the Utopian society on the ARK. She’s hoping that she can leave the old “Char” behind and create a new one, the one that she was always meant to be; the one that her parents and brother can be proud of. It doesn’t seem like she is going to get that chance as she is immediately arrested upon entering the shuttle that’s leaving Earth. It’s a huge misunderstanding but Char does not try to clear it up. I found it frustrating that she would not try to clear it up, however, I finally understood her reasoning why: she is not a good person. At least, that’s how she sees herself. She is resigned to be a stowaway on this shuttle and the ARK, and to do what she needs to do to survive.
I had a hard time putting this book down when I had to “adult,” but I read it in one day. It was a page turner, suspenseful, emotional, and gripping. It has a huge cliffhanger but I don’t care. The author did such a great job with this story. She was very descriptive in her writing without being too wordy. There was a part where I had to stop reading and go make a grilled cheese sandwich because her description in the story made my mouth water and I HAD to go make one, even though I wasn’t even hungry! Now that is talent! I will definitely be adding Laura to my “Authors I Stalk” list because I want to know when the next installment is coming out. I must find out what happens!! I will have to say that I was thinking about lowering my rating because she does use a phrase in the book that I absolutely, positively, ABHOR, however, as of the writing of this review, I have changed my mind. 5 books
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~ About the Author ~
Laura grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent an excellent childhood playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. The Ark is the direct result of those stories and a lifelong devotion to space-themed television. It received a Work in Progress Grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Laura has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Texas with her family.
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