November 3, 2015

The Ark by Patrick S. Tomlinson

T I T L E: The Ark
S E R I E S: Children of a Dead Earth (NÂș 1)
A U T H O R: Patrick S. Tomlinson
P U B L I S H E R: Angry Robot Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: November 3, 2015
I S B N: 9780857664853
Sci-Fi
Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship affectionately name the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark's greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can't be beat.
But when a crew member goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the center of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Bryan finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind's home into its tomb.



     This book has a bit of everything. Science fiction, mystery, and thrills along with some action thrown in as well.
     The story takes place on a massive ship in space and it is evident the author did some research. He even references some NASA projects in the story which makes it believable. The execution is well done and things progress well without getting bogged down with details that don't have a bearing on the story.
     I found the characters likable but felt that they could have been developed just a bit more. Although, this is only the first book in the series so I am confident that they will grow as the story does and I am interested to see where things go from here.
     It seems no matter how far in the future or how far out in space, mankind still divides itself with the social status and politics. No matter how technically or genetically advanced there are still motives for thievery and murder.
     The plot is excellent and the story moves a great pace. This was a very interesting read and kept me turning the pages up to the very end.

4 STAR


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