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The Ark

(Ark #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  42 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published March 26th 2015 by HarperVoyager
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I discovered this book through seeing it in a promotion on someone else's blog and felt I would enjoy this book. I requested it from Netgalley as soon as I discovered it there too.

I requested this one from Netgalley and was lucky to be given a free ecopy in exchange for my honest review by the publishers Harper Voyager.
The cover depicts a female, who from descriptions from within the book I'd say is Charlotte Turner, daughter of Senator Turner, and Dr Cecilia Turner. Cha
Nicole M. Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The Ark is an exciting new dystopian with lots of surprises. The story follows Char, who fights to be one of the few who make their way onto the Ark before the imminent destruction of Earth. The Ark is headed toward a distant planet, where the inhabitants plan to create a new civilization. But it doesn’t take long for Char to find out that a simple, peaceful future is not in the cards for her. She quickly becomes a fug
Courtney Toohey
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
It’s the end of the world. That alone would rock the very foundations of one’s existence to the core, but not Char. Having long left behind the girl that was Charlotte, the daughter of an influential senator and a well-renowned doctor, Char finds herself finally see that her actions have caused dire consequences. Char is in juvey, a convicted common thief, and the last type of girl that would ever be saved from the world’s demise. Because of her parent’s status, they are able to secure highly co ...more
Chris Johnson
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Ark drew me in from the moment I glimpsed its cover. I wanted to know the girl on the cover, to learn how she copes and if she survives.

The characters are rich, complex, with a story that kept my fingers turning pages.

And the ending! It's a well-crafted cliffhanger!

Read it!
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to Harper Voyager for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Another day, another disaster about to wipe humanity off the face of the tiny rock we call home. This pleases me somewhat, I love a good disaster book, any type of dystopian catastrophe that has been put down in writing, I want to read about it!

The disaster today is from space, a meteor heading towards the earth and this book is set in the days leading up to the final evacuation of specially selected citizen
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Ark is a young adult dystopian novel filled with science fiction and action. The first thing that grabbed my attention about this book was the cover. I love post-apocalyptic stories and the cover of this book shows a young girl looking up at the sky as meteors fall......

The story is about a young girl's journey to survive as meteors are about to fall out of the sky and decimate Earth. Once the meteors hit they will kill all life on earth and destroy the planet. The only way for humans to esc
Jun 05, 2015 marked it as dnf
DNF at 66%
Copy received from the author.

I really liked and enjoyed the beginning of this book. The beginning was a little bet emotional because the main character, Char was almost left behind by her parents when Earth was about to be destroyed. She's like this criminal so she can't board the Ark, this spaceship thingy that can transport people from Earth to this new planet. I imagined if that were to happen to us (people from Earth) and it's really heartbreaking. It'a also so sci-fi so that's a
Nathan Garrison
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ark is one thrilling ride through the apocalypse. Whereas most end-of-the-world stories I've seen tend to cast a broad scope over large groups of people, or even humanity as a whole, Laura Liddell Nolen instead elects to plant readers firmly beside a single protagonist for the entire show. This fresh approach made for a taut, tense read that I couldn't put down.

The main character, Char, is a tough girl, at odds with both her family and the law. She is given one last chance at survival, and w
phina offor
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it

Okay I loved everything about this book, I mean from the writing to the plot and setting. Char is a very strong and skilled girl, I mean I don't think there is anything she can't get away from but I love that even with her imperfections she is still humane. I remember the first thing that came to my mind when the main character was introduced to us, I thought oh wow now this is one flawed character but something about her makes u keep rooting for her. I love Isaiah, too much mystery,confi
Jay Mackey
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of Sci-fi, and this was the best I've read in a while. Good story with unrelenting action. Can't wait to read the sequel. The only thing that bothered me was the protagonist, Char, who is self-destructive and maddeningly inflexible. People seem to love her, for no apparent reason, but she can't accept that love. To me, it makes her a little hard to like, and makes her seem a bit unrealistic. But the story kept me interested. ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, own
This once worked on and off for me, but felt way too convenient in the placement of it's characters and incredibly frustrating at the thoughts and actions of the main character.

The overall story was ok, but in the end, I was glad that this was a short, quick read.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
As science fiction, this had huge plot holes and implausibilities. But if you set that aside and look on it more as a YA dystopian thriller, it works very well. Fast and suspenseful, lots of action, and an engaging main character - good storytelling.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting story. There were several instances where I thought that the primary character (Char) wouldn't act that way. But, nevertheless, I am interested to continue reading the next book in the series. Maybe I can find it in a library. ...more
John Clark
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellently gritty, dystopian tale. Ends on a perfect cliffhanger. Really glad I bought the sequel at the same time so I could read on.
Kate Mary
Review to come.
Colleen Deitrich
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those just wanting a quick read
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Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Ark was one of those books that I definitely would have enjoyed if I had read it earlier. By that, I mean, if I hadn't read so many dystopian novels that they all begin, at this point, to blend together, unless the premise is something that I haven't read before.

The Ark is something I have read before, however. The 100 has a premise somewhat like it. So do a few lesser known Dystopians, mostly indies, that I read very early
Cindy Bidwell
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen is a solid and enjoyable reading experience. I quite liked it. It was refreshing to be presented with characters that were easy to care about. People with “meat” to their story, even when you don’t know their entire background. I didn’t need a full understanding of the events that shaped them, when they had visceral emotive responses.

Char; an abbreviation of Charlotte, but pronounced as if it is short for Charred — why? Well, Char is a damaged person and he
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

A meteor is headed to earth and the only way to stay alive and out run the meteor is to land a seat on one of the five bioships headed to another planet. To acquire a place on one of the bioships you must be one the goody-goody folks or very, very rich.

Sixteen year old Char's mother, father and brother all have a place secured on the North American Ark. But Char wasn't so lucky as she has been in and out of juvenile detent
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I knew when I read the synopsis of this book that I HAD to read it. It sounded like such a great, unique read that I figured I would enjoy the hell out of it. And you know what? I was not disappointed! I had no idea where the author was going with this story and was completely blown away by the situations and dilemmas that she gave to her characters.

A meteor is heading to Earth and it will wipe it out; no ifs, ands, or buts about
Tonja Drecker
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This book starts out with the teenage Charlotte (Char) in a prison where most of the guards have already left because the world is simply counting off the last hours before unavoidable doom. Char hits the first pages as a very sympathetic girl, one who has and is suffering. Although we discover later that there is a good reason she's there, Char's immediate situation and her reactions make it clear that she's not a bad person but rather someone to sympathize with. She's someone you want on your
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so… WOW. I read The Ark right after a super disappointing book, and my spirits were low. I wasn’t even going to hope for this to be a great read, because honestly, debut authors can go either way. One chapter in… I liked the vibe, but I couldn’t get my hopes up yet. Five chapters… seriously digging this book, but can the author possibly keep it up? Laura Liddell Nolen managed to dig me out of my reading funk, no matter how stubborn I was! I kept pausing, just to reread a paragraph or a sen ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: Laura & I went to the same law school and overlapped by a bit, and have met before.

Somehow I keep reading apocalyptic science fiction involving young female protagonists (like Exodus and Zenith and Ticker), and this is probably my favorite of the bunch. Excellently paced, we watch the end of the Earth as humans try to colonize the solar system to stay alive. There is plenty of action and just enough reflection to keep it from being shallow but not so much as to bore.

The story is
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
his is a very fast paced book that starts out with a race from prison to the last accessible Ark on Earth. Char is a teenage girl that has been abandoned by her family in prison. She has been in and out of prison for the last few years. This last stint happened because she was trying to separate herself from her 'crew', but no one who means anything to her believes that - or that is what she thinks. Her parents actually come to say goodbye before they board the Ark and her mom slips a present in ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was really, really good. It’s so intense and action-packed. I loved Charlotte as the main character. She’s wonderful—and very much full of ‘tricks.’ It was very fun to follow all the twists and turns in the story.

Probably the only problem I have is with Charlotte’s backstory. We definitely get the delinquent feel from her but it’s never explained how it all started. She has a well-off influential family that basically disowned her once she got into the bad stuff but we never found out
Nicole Sweeney
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on The Bibliophile Chronicles!

Welcome to the blog tour for The Ark, run by the lovely Xpresso Book Tours. The synopsis for The Ark peaked my interest straight away, and it’s definitely a book worth reading. Action packed with fantastic characters, Nolen’s debut book is an outstanding one. The premise is an exciting one – Char is in prison for a robbery she did not commit, her family visit her one more time before they leave on a voyage to a new planet and her mother gives her a
Bluerose's  Heart
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book made me think of a slightly creepy sci-fi movie from the 1980s. Based on that and the fact that I actually somewhat read the description of the story(shocking for me), I couldn't help but be curious.

I LOVED this book, y'all! While I was curious, I don't think my expectations were overly high. It was such a pleasant surprise that I loved it so very much, though. It turns out that my impression of the cover was pretty accurate(for me, anyway), except that this story takes pl
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Trying to start reviewing some of the books I read so here goes!

I picked up this book on a whim because the plot sounded interesting and I'm glad I did. The book started out soooo well. The main character Char is really relatable, she's made mistakes but now she's trying to make them right before its too late. And the whole plot of the book is that it really is about to be too late!!

The scenes set on earth at the start were really emotional. There's one bit where a mother is trying to get her ba
Apr 16, 2015 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction/Blue Door and NetGalley*

The Earth is about to be destroyed by a meteor. The only way to survive is to be chosen to leave on one of five Arks.
Sixteen-year-old Char has no hope of being saved due to her criminal record.
Despite all odds, Char finds herself on the North American Ark but things are still the same - she's still on the run. Then Char finds herself in the midst of a rebel group.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: written-reviews
This book was a surprise. I have read quite a few dystopian novels of course and so thought I had seen it all. This book provides a fresh perspective. The coolest part is the book takes place during "the end of the world" instead of many years after like in other dystopian novels. Another fresh aspect was the main character herself. Char is not a perfect person. She is a criminal who wants to change herself and become better. It was awesome being part of her struggle to be a new person but needi ...more
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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 ...more

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