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It's the year 2030. The oceans have risen rapidly, and soon the entire planet will be submerged. But the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away gives those who remain alive hope. Only a few will be able to make the journey-Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates. If she makes the cut, she will live. If not, she will be left to face a watery death...
Publisher: New York : Roc, 2011
ISBN: 9780451463593
Branch Call Number: Pbk SCI-FI BAX
Characteristics: 530 p. ; 18 cm


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Dec 19, 2011

This is a sequel, sort of, to Baxter's "Flood". That book told the story of a flood that slowly swamped the entire Earth and how a group of people coped with it. This book, Ark, tells the story of a different group of people, although one or two characters from the earlier book make an appearance. This book focuses on a group that tries to build a spaceship to take survivors to another planet, hopefully one less hostile to human life than Earth is becoming.

This novel has great scientific detail and solid characters. It deals mainly with the group dynamics of a small group of people in a limited, closed environment (an interstellar starship). It sometimes seems like these poor colonists are facing far more problems than is realistic, from technical issues to social issues to mental health problems. All of the characters are flawed and the main viewpoint character (although there are several who get to star in the odd chapter from time to time) is hard to warm up to. This doesn't have the mind-bending concepts of some of his other works, but Ark is a solid, entertaining novel.

Jul 15, 2011

Its not too bad, read "Flood" first.

gwsuperfan Dec 09, 2010

Ark is a big book- not in the sense of being a weighty tome, but in the sweep and reach of the concepts presented- a flooding Earth, and a search for a new planet on which humanity can survive. Underwater habitats, raft cities and faster-than-light travel. In the end, I felt the author just tries too hard, and all the ambitious concepts presented make a casualty of the ability to suspend disbelief.

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