I couldn’t bear to put this down from start to finish. It entertained me for several days (very good length), and I was quite disappointed to reach the end.
Although I wasn’t convinced by some of the science, this book does not over-do the science side – it focuses on the characters’ experiences and descriptions of events, and does not attempt to educate readers. This is a very good thing in my opinion, because I find it more entertaining to read the events from the viewpoints of the characters rather than an invisible and all-knowing lecturer/narrator.
The characters are well formed and ‘knowable’, which I always enjoy, and the story itself is full of surprises. The plot is very interesting; taking a different perspective from the usual approach to end-of-days scenarios. Also, I’ve come to expect a lot of typos in most of the disaster books I read, but I’m very pleased to say there were very few errors in this one, so that’s another bonus.
The official blurb is:
May 1st: the Earth is scorched by a stray asteroid, wiping out almost all life. Almost, but not quite all. Three thousand souls aboard a cruise ship visiting the North Pole are spared by a freak of nature. The ship’s First Officer, Jake Noah, was looking forward to getting back to dry land once and for all. But then the world ended, and now he finds himself reluctantly in charge of the last handful of survivors of the human race. The limited resources on board mean that just staying alive will be a struggle. With the threat of mutiny ever present, can Jake rise to the challenge and lead his crew and their passengers on a quest for safety? Or will he take the easy option and leave anarchy and chaos to prevail?
I was happy to learn that this is the first of five books in the Noah’s Ark series, because I would like to read more of this author’s work.