BOOK TOUR Review: “The Ark” by Laura Liddell Nolen

The Ark by Laura Liddell NolenA review by Maria.

I would like to thank author Laura Liddell Nolen for giving me the opportunity to read her new  young adult story, The Ark.

The Ark was a fresh new take on mixing young adult fiction with science fiction. It reminded me as a cross between The 100 and Star Trek.

Sixteen-year-old Char is a criminal. She and her fellow prisoners are left to die when the earth will be destroyed by a meteor in a few hours along with many citizens left behind. Her wealthy parents and brother are among the lucky ones with starpasses chosen for space shuttles to escape the pending disaster and survive. But on her final visit her mother risks her life to give her a starpass. Now Jess must escape from prison and risk everything to make it to one of the space shuttles before Earth is destroyed.

The characterization of Char really boosted my opinion of this novel. She was an excellent, compelling main character. She was imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit, but had committed in the past, only this time she was set-up. She gets into insanely dangerous situations and is around dangerous people all the time but still manages to keep a cool and level head. She is smart, brave, and incredibly resourceful for such a young character. She is constantly being conned, betrayed, and sabotaged, but she still has compassion for others. People close to her are dying left and right around her, even the whole world will die, but she’s ready to fight for her survival.

This book was short and very fast paced for the most part. I did encounter one chapter toward the end that probably could have been split up or shortened into several chapters. It was very long and dragged on a bit. However, even though the story went fast; sometimes the plot seemed choppy and would jump from one big event into another almost like the author was still trying to work out her writing style.
I recommend this book to adults and young adults. I do not recommend it to anyone younger because there are some very graphic moments in it.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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Book & Author Details:
The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: March 26th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis:

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…

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AUTHOR BIO:
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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