Welcome to our stop on the tour for The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolan. We have a review of the first novel in this new YA sci-fi series, as well as all the details on the book and of course we’ve got a giveaway, so stay tuned!
Title: The Ark (The Ark Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Laura Liddell Nolan
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Publication: March 26, 2015, Harper Voyager
*Review Copy Courtesy of Author/Publisher
There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.
It’s the final days of earth, and sixteen-year-old Char is right where she belongs: in prison. With her criminal record, she doesn’t qualify for a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect earth’s survivors during the meteor strike that looks set to destroy the planet. Only a select few will be saved – like her mom, dad, and brother – all of whom have long since turned their backs on Char.
If she ever wants to redeem herself, Char must use all the tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they actually ever want to see her again, or not . . .
This was a really quick and fun action packed YA sci-fi read. I really don’t think you can get much more action packed than the last day of the planet earth’s existence. Char, the heroine, is a bad-ass who starts the story in prison, and has to fight her way onto an Ark ship in space headed to colonize a new planet if she has any hope of surviving the day, but she has no idea just how much that will cost her.
What I really like about Char and this book in general is that even though she is a bit of a criminal character, she is so very conflicted and relatable and very likable. You are rooting for her from page one, even as she is walking out of her prison cell with a gun taped to her back. Her humanity just shines through, often in contrast to other characters who are supposed to be in positions of moral authority and righteous judgement it is Char, the criminal, who comes out on top.
This is also just a fantastic read for anyone who wants to imagine what it would be like dealing with the logistics and chaos of what it would actually be like if a meteor were to be headed towards the earth, even with years of planning, all of the politics involved, what would ultimately the repurcussions be? What would the fate of humanity likely be, and what would that last crazy day look like on earth?
And beyond that, what happens to the relatively few survivors left to carry on the human race? Some drunk with power? Some so stricken with grief? Some desperate? This book just does such a great job of examining all of these questions while telling Char’s story and keeping the action going the whole time. It’s one of the things I love about sci-fi is when it makes you thing about the what-if questions like that.
Beyond that the author also imagines some very cool future tech including the design of the Arks themselves, which I have to admit, I kind of would love to just go get lost exploring myself for a while. Add to that some great supporting characters, especially Isaiah, Eren and West and the give and take banter between Char and Eren I thought was really fun and you just have something really cool to read. Not in the least of parts because of all of Char’s heart.
Highly recommended for YA sci-fi and post-apocolyptic fans as well as those that like stories with lots of action or time spent as fugitive on the run.
Laura grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent an excellent childhood playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. The Arkis 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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(Ends Oct 12th, 2015)
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