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)
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.
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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