Book Review: The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen

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The Ark 2Title: The Ark
Author: Laura Liddell Nolen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 239
Genre: YA Scifi
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

About the Book

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 . . .

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

The Ark is a young adult science fiction novel that is full of action. It is fast reading and Laura Liddell Nolen’s writing flows well.

Although the main character, Char, has spent a lot of time in juvy, she really is a good person at heart. She’s mature for her age and, when faced with difficult decisions, she does the right thing rather than the easy thing. She’s far from perfect, having been shunned by her family, which has deeply affected her.

I like the character development in The Ark. A couple of the people seem to be pure evil but most of them are as complex as people in the “real world.” 

The Ark is a good book as far as it goes. It’s full of action and suspense with a touch of romance. Unfortunately, it ends with a cliffhanger, so I’m hoping the next one comes out soon.


About the Author

Laura NolanLaura Liddell Nolen grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent lots of time playing make-believe with her two younger brothers. They supplemented their own stories with a steady diet of space- and superhero-themed movies, books, and television. The daughter of a comic book collector, she learned how to handle old comics at an early age, a skill she’s inordinately proud of to this day. 

Laura began work on her first novel, The Ark, in 2012, following the birth of her daughter Ava, a tiny rebel and a sweetheart on whom the novel’s main character is loosely based. Completion of The Ark was made possible in part due to an SCBWI Work-in-Progress Award.

 Laura loves coffee, dogs, and making lists. She has a degree in French and a license to practice law, but both are frozen in carbonite at present. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two young children, and their dog Miley, who is a very good girl.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen

      • jburns58 June 8, 2015 / 6:40 pm

        Hopefully, I will get a chance to read it.


      • sleepygirl2 June 8, 2015 / 6:43 pm

        I’d wait until the next one is available so you can read it right away. I have to wait to find out what happens!


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