Author: Luara Liddell Nolen
Publication Date: March 26th, 2015
Summary 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…
I really enjoy young adult dystopian novels, so when I saw this one on another blog, I really wanted to read it. It had an interesting plot, one that I hadn’t read anywhere else, and I was excited to check it out.
In the beginning of the book, there is a meteor coming and it is going to hit Earth, and the only way to survive is to get off the planet using the special “life-boat” style spaceships…only there aren’t nearly enough for everyone (there are only enough to save one hundred thousand people). This is a problem for our main character, Char, who is sixteen and has a criminal background that will prevent her from being able to leave the planet with her family (even though they no longer want her in their lives because of her behavior and criminal ways). So she does what she needs to do in order to survive – she tries her hardest to find a way to get off the planet and to the new one to be with her family, even if they don’t want her around anymore.
The book definitely has a good plot, and the characters are likable for the most part. If you’re interested in YA dystopian, this is a pretty good one to check out. There weren’t really any boring moments in the book, and it was pretty much a good pace (full of lots of action) the whole way through. I was kind of sad when it was over.
I definitely would read more books by this author!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
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.