Here is the "deeply scary" (BBC Focus) new novel from a national best-selling and critically acclaimed author. Four hostages are rescued from a group of religious extremists in Barcelona. After five years of being held captive together, they make a vow to always watch out for one another. But they never expected this....
The world they have returned to has been transformed by water - and the water is rising. As it continues to flow from the earth's mantle, entire countries disappear. High ground becomes a precious commodity. And finally, the dreadful truth is revealed: before 50 years have passed, there will be nowhere left to run.
What will be mankind's fate? Find out as the saga concludes in Ark.
©2008 Stephen Baxter (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"[A] fascinating apocalyptic vision." (Publishers Weekly)
Having lived in Chicago the majority of my life, I'm pretty sure that most of the black women that I know do not tawlk like a redneck from Mississippe (the misspellings are intentional). I get that the narrator is (likely) British. That being said, there was no indication that Thandie was ever from the South. I understand that, from a world perspective, most people think of the average 'Murican as having an IQ equivalent of a turnip. However, Thandie is smarter than the average bear, and it would have been nice (for me) to NOT have to knock off about 20 IQ points when I heard her "voice," for the first time.
I can't help but notice that no one else seems to have noticed that, in Part One, the timeline begins in 2041-2045, and yet in the second part of the book, the timeline reverts back to 2011 or so. I know that it is accepted wisdom that the timeline starts in 2011, however, would it be possible to to get a 2nd edition, where the dates in Part One conform to the rest of the series?
Very good book, written in a very believable way with lots of depth to the characters and a very compelling story. Only negative points would be the characters from England mispronouncing many of the town names they herald from and the story taking a couple of hours to really build up some steam. Minor niggles but otherwise a very good book.
Long haul trucker, nerd, and scifi fan.
I have to throw my voice in with the other reviewers that found this book a bit dreary and depressing.. I think it's departure from Baxter's normal theme of original ideas and hard science is explained by the kitschy environmentalist subtext. It's his way of joining into the global warming clique....
My recommendation to shoppers would be to skip this book... You don't need it as background for the sequel "ark".... which begins before the chronology of "flood" ends.
No. It was interesting, but it was long and spanned a great many years, which meant skipping a lot of time. It was hard to get to know some of the characters for that reason.
Grace got rescued, although you didn't really see that scene.
It was good but not great.
I've been a fan of Baxter's for years now, and this does revisit an apocalyptic theme he's touched on before with "Moonseed".
One of the few writers who recognises the human capacity to fail to appreciate the long game, whilst struggling for day to day survival.
I did enjoy the story, it's well written and thorough, if a little depressing.
My only criticism is of the narration.
Chis Patton has clearly tried very hard to portray regional British accents, but his failure to properly capture the nuance of our understated culture and use of language, made the characters seem whiney and miserable, rather than stoic and businesslike.
Buy it if you're not from the old country.
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well this isnt really Sci-Fi at all, more of a geography lesson - near the end it becomes more sci-fi nou its not until the next book "Ark" that it becomes sci-fi
there is no back story to the characters and you have to get to know them as it goes on - starts off as flash floods overwhelm century old drainage systems, rich people will just ride off on one of AxysCorp CEO Nathan Lammockson's floating hotels and ride the storm out until the waters go down
it gets way worse after underwater lakes are filling up the oceans and in 2052 MT. Everest is covered with water
3 arks are build, although you only know about the 1st and 3rd one in this book, its the next book "Ark" that you find out what Ark 2 is - Ark 3 is a huge boat that looks like the Queen Mary and has a reactor as a power plant, after time it gets sink and they all go to rafts after that like everyone else out there - Ark 1 is a space ship that will take a select group of people and tones of genetic stuff from Earth to seed a new planet with life from Earth, it is not covered until the next book "Ark" - Ark 2 is an underwater habitat built in Yellowstone Park
the whole book is essentially 3 parts, the first 2 being a prologue to the book that follows called Ark, and the last part being oddly enough taking place near the middle of the second book Ark - if you read 1 and then had your mind wiped and read the other one you would like both equally and not think that either one needed an sequel or prequel
only reason it gets 4 stars not 3 is because how it ended, the middle sucks badly with the whole geography lesson or whatever, constantly naming off towns and cities as if I am sosposta know where they are and understand it, as if I know every part of the world - those parts are boring but the end is great
The premise of the book is weak at best, but could have been saved with good writing - it wasn't. The characters are inconsistent at best, and whiny and completely unrealistic at worst. Some of the climatology was interesting but in other parts the author has some serious gaps in his understanding of science and of the world. I followed to the end out of sheer determination with one more illogical step after another (both in the characters personal lives and the flooded world). The narration made it worse- the accents were terrible and never what they were described as - a "California drawl" sounded like a drunk Ozzy.
Possible Spoiler Warning. Subterranean seas are opening and raising the sea level? Really come on, what would push the water up? The planet Earth wants life to survive and adjusts herself? The hostage portion is silly and does not even compute. I only finished this book to see how ridiculous it would become with time. How did Helen die? It was so irrelevant I missed it. What a waste of money and time, about the worst novel by far I have ever read. If this can be published we should ask so 1st graders to submit their novels. Dont waste your money.
The characters are intolerable, one of the only books that I could not stand the protagonists. I still don't know why these characters were hostages, or why they were so important. There are plenty of times I rolled my eyes, as some of the actions by the main characters are superhuman.
But, the whole flood and end of the world aspect was fun. He did a good job painting a drowning world.
All in all, a decent listen, if you don't mind a story that is not character driven.
"One of the best global disaster stories"
I have always been a fan of disaster books; this one has become one of my favourites. Instead of a quick plague or cataclysm this book slowly takes you through the growing stages of disbelief to panic with the authorities trying their best to pretend it isn’t happening.
This gave me many hours of pleasure discussing just how realistic the occurring events were, and while a bit stretched in places they did seem to have a good grounding. Though in my opinion he didn’t go as far as he could have with the latest technology that could have made things easier in the last stages of the flood.
Other reviewers have mentioned the American accent causing problems, personally for me that was not a problem, I could understand what he was saying and accepted it as just an accent problem in the same way I would anyone with any different accent to my own. It was at least understandable unlike some accents I have listened to trying to mangle English. However if this could be a problem for you then I would suggest listening to the clip first before buying as there are authors I can’t listen to myself.
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