**I received an ebook version of this from XpressoBookTours in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Ark
Author: Laura Liddell Nolen
I don’t know the name of it, but it’s a trilogy
Pub. Date: March 26, 2015
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…
The Ark is a new dystopian full of surprises, twists, and a while lot of action. We follow Char and her journey, which starts when she receives a starpass, and continues as she boards the Ark and finds out nothing is ever as it seems. She finds romance (sort of), kicks butt a lot, discovers multiple secrets, and she still has heart. Who wouldn’t want to read this?
First, characters. Char was a character who I thought would be pretty badass and cold like and assassin when I first starting reading. But then I was reading and I realized that she is so much more! She is a great thinker, always having a plan or being able to come up with one fairly quickly, and that plays into the story a lot as she has to get out of certain situations (such as escaping jail in hopes of joining her family on the Arks, and also getting to the Arks with so little time left) and hide (because they want her dead, let’s be real here) and also be in plain sight multiple times. Along with her sharp mind, she’s a very strong character, as in she can fight and knock out a person if she needs to. The best part though, is that she doesn’t enjoy it. She does it because she has to, and she feels bad. She has great skills, and she despite all she’s gone through she still feels. She is also just a very likeable character. She does what she feels is right, so who can really blame her for her actions?
The rest play into her decisions and how she grows as a character. Her family got her to realize her previous choices were bad and since then she’s been working on being a better person, someone who makes the right choices. Eren got her to feel more; to love. Isaiah helped her get to the Arks and then, well… You’d have to read to find that one out.
The writing was pretty great. It flowed well, the action and the tense situations and the choice of right or wrong were all well written and felt. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.
What I wasn’t so much a fan of though, was the slight love triangle, and the definite cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers. Seriously. I mean, just why? Why? But other then that, it was a good read. If you love action, sci-fi, or romance, you should check it out!