Blog Tour: The Ark – Laura Liddell Nolen


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Release Date: March 26th 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 239
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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When everyone you know and love is leaving for another planet, how far would you go to be on that spaceship?

Synopsis:

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 . . .

Review:

Welcome to the blog tour for The Ark, run by the lovely Xpresso Book Tours. The synopsis for The Ark peaked my interest straight away, and it’s definitely a book worth reading. Action packed with fantastic characters, Nolen’s debut book is an outstanding one. The premise is an exciting one – Char is in prison for a robbery she did not commit, her family visit her one more time before they leave on a voyage to a new planet and her mother gives her a gift – a pass to board one of the ships and start a new life. But to do so Char must escape the prison, and her fellow inmates.

This book certainly has plenty going on, and is very well written. The story pulls you in bit by bit and you definitely get attached to the characters. You’re never bored reading The Ark, and while there’s plenty of action, that doesn’t take away from the character development and plot. It’s the perfect mix of action and emotion.

The wonderful characters has got to be my favourite part about The Ark. Char is an unusual character, and she’s one you definitely root for. She’s a really interesting character because although she’s in prison and has done some questionable things, she’s looking for a new start. I liked that idea that not everything is black and white, that the lines between good and bad are a bit blurred in this novel. I liked the way the novel explored her relationship with her parents – I won’t say too much about it – but I love the amount of detail and background that Char has, it really makes her seem believable as a character. I also really liked Isaiah, the fellow inmate who helps Char escape the prison, He’s an old soul and a really great character.

If you’re looking for something a bit different in terms of dystopian novels. I’d definitely go for The Ark. It’s an addictive read that will completely suck you in, and have you rooting for Char till the very last page.

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