Ark (Flood #2)
As the waters rose in FLOOD, high in the Colorado mountains the US government was building an ark. Not an ark to ride the waves but an ark that would take a select few thousand people out into space to start a new future for mankind. Sent out into deep space on a journey lasting years, generations of crew members carry the hope of a new beginning on a new, incredibly dista...more
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The nuts-and-bolts details were fascinating. I'm not a scientist, so I have no idea how realistic they are (though let's face it, probably no one has--if we could say for certain it's realistic, we'd be building the thing already!), but they certainly were thought-provoking. And Baxter did succeed in creating a deeply unsettling sense of loss, of diz ...more
It was coincidental and very fortunate that I ...more
The sequel to Flood is better than its predecessor. It begins with much the same feel of the first book, in that it follows a sheltered and more-or-less naive group of special, selected few, but Ark puts a lot more stress on the brutality necessary to protect their pocket of safety. It is clear that these are the best humanity has to offer, and it is clear that nothing, including morality, can be allowed to interfere with their mission. This is wel ...more
Ugh. This guy has writing quirks that annoy me. I wish I had a kindle copy so I could count how many times things are described as "ferocious".
AND YET, I was still up until 4am finishing the damn thing.
Highly recommended (read Flood first, though).
The book opens in 2041, when Grace Gray is taken to Colorado so that she can take part in Ark One. Here, the astronaut Gordo Alonzo gives her a test--she'll have to solve a murder. Of course, at the time I had no idea who Harry Smith (the murdered man) was. Or Hol ...more
The world is being flooded, not cause of global warming, but because of great underground reservoirs of water in the earth's crust being released. The predicted height of the flood will eventually flood the entire earth, causing all the co ...more
One think I will say in regards to Ark is that I seriously recommend you read Baxter's initial novel for this series called 'Flood'. There are elements that some readers may find difficult to understand without that background. In saying that ...more
My final verdict pretty much matches my expectation going in. In these two books Baxter has a way of flitting over points of drama without making the reader suf ...more
This is the second book in a series; its predecessor, Flood, which I haven't read, saw the near-future Earth threatened by catastrophically rising sea levels, and Ark follows the story of a group of young survivors sent to colonise a distant planet in order to continue the human race. I will look out for Flood but didn't especially feel the lack of having read it hampering my enjoyment (it is fairly easy to spot which characters must have been in the pre ...more
There are echoes of one of the short stories from Transcendence in here too for the regular Baxter r ...more
Like Flood, Ark is a page turner with some interesting science and some very flat characterization. Expected that, but by the half point, these characters are making such stupid and improbable decisions -- deciding to spend seven years flying back to a flooded out earth after seven years in space, and splitting up their valuable resources three ways -- that whatever suspension of disbelief is required to get them off the ground, is gone. Oh so gone.
And...Baxter's turning the "il ...more
The biggest problem I have with the book is that he denies all possible paths to the salvation of humanity except for the one that advances the narrative for his book. I know that following a premise is what an author does, but in hard science fiction the plausibility and the logical necessity o ...more
I had previously read Baxter's Flood (2008) a couple of years ago, and while this is a spin-off, a story based on the same events, it is not a direct sequel. Even so, I would recommend reading Flood first.
My main complaint with Flood was the scientific implausibility of the main speculative concept - the release of so much water from the mantle of the Earth so as to slowly a ...more
Also das ist ein wirklich gutes Buch! Baxter in bester Baxter-Form. der 2. teil von 2 dicken Bänden die ausloten was passieren würde, wenn der meeresspiegel plötzlich rapide anstiege.
Von Baxters üblichen macken - penetrante attraktivitätseinschätzungen der charaktere und blutrünstige szenen - passt letztere sehr gut. baxter schafft es jedes horrorszenario immer weiter zu steigern so dass ich mir jedes mal gedacht habe: in der situation hätte ich schon längst selbstmord begange ...more
I borrowed it from the library and renewed it twice before I finished the novel.
It was quite difficult to get into. Then just as the action got going you would jump years or switch character viewpoints. There would be pages of exposition on scientific details, then sudden child abuse.
Towards the end, the novel did improve. I could see that there was structure to the plot and events that seemed random had consequences years down the line. Perhaps it would have help ...more
Specifically as a sequel, Ark seriously under-delivers. The bo ...more