Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Review - The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen

Title: The Ark
Author: Laura Liddell Nolen
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: 26th March 2015

Blurb from Goodreads:

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…

My Review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

The Earth is about to be destroyed by a meteor. The only way to survive is to be chosen to leave on one of five Arks.
Sixteen-year-old Char has no hope of being saved due to her criminal record.
Despite all odds, Char finds herself on the North American Ark but things are still the same - she's still on the run. Then Char finds herself in the midst of a rebel group.
Will Char ever reunite with her family?
Will mankind survive?

The Ark was an enjoyable read.
I liked the premise and found the first two thirds of the book to be fast paced and gripping but then I lost interest which continued until the end.
Char was a likeable protagonist and I felt sorry for her. Apart from her and Eren none of the other characters really stood out for me.
There was some romance but not a lot which I was glad about.
There was a cliff-hanger at the end but I'm not sure if I will read the next book.

Overall this was an enjoyable read.