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)
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.
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.
"End of the World" books are my favorite, and this book was by far one of my favorites. Most people assume its because I like grim situations but it's really because human nature is at it's best in an apocalypse. Stories about the best of human kind are best told with the back drop of the end of days....
This book takes place across decades....it was an easy listen, with Chris Patton switching between accents and characters with ease. The characters had such depth throughout the book and I found myself really routing for my favorites. I usually listen to books while driving or doing chores so I can focus on what I hear. This book led me to do day after day of out of the ordinary chores so I could keep listening!!!!!!!!!!!!! While I don't know if world wide flooding is in the earth's future, I do believe that Baxter's predictions of human behavior are dead on. For other "end of the world" fans this one was a must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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