*I received a free ARC of The Ark from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review.
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….
I haven’t read a lot of science fiction as of late, so this was a refreshing path from my well-worn contemporary romance or paranormal route. Seriously, I’m unsure why I don’t read more science fiction! The Ark starts off right in the action, getting the reader acquainted with the characters very quickly. Charlotte Turner, Char for short, is the daughter of some pretty high up individuals in society. She has unfortunately gotten in with the wrong crowd and has had to face the consequences. Char’s grit and rough edge was exactly what this book needed for a headlining character; she’s not what she has been made out to be, but a reputation has a habit of sticking.
One of the tools Nolen uses to draw her audience in is “the unknown.” The element of surprise is a useful one when done right, and between the mysteries of the character’s motivations, the inner workings of the Ark, and many other bits and pieces, this story successfully falls into place.
The dialogue and character interaction felt realistic and always had a purpose, leading from one intriguing plot point to another.
There is an underlying theme of sacrifice throughout this novel that was striking and drew me in as a reader. Overall this was an enjoyable read and I found myself whizzing through page by page. I look forward to reading the next in the series and can’t wait to see what’s coming.
The Final Countdown
Characterization – 5/5 Stars
Dialogue– 5/5 Stars
Plot – 5/5 Stars
Visual Imagery – 4.5/5 Stars
Ending – 5/5 Stars
Total: 4.9 Stars
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