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The world is in trouble. Water, including precipitation, is at a premium. This also means there isn't enough food to go around. The countries that don't have water attack the countries that do for control of this precious resource. One family has foreseen the destruction of the planet and has plans, albeit sinister, to reclaim the planet. Another man has designs to make traveling to another planet feasible for a portion of the population. Will humanity survive this crisis? Will Earth survive?
Ark of the Apocalypse is an interesting and complex science fiction book written by Tobin Marks. With profanity, adult situations, and gore, I recommend the book for teenagers and adults.
The author has a way with words. Extremely descriptive, at times almost poetic, it's easy to get involved in the story. There are new creatures and new worlds to explore, which is fun because it's easy to immerse yourself in the novel. The world-building is one of many strengths in the novel.
One of the parts of the story that I enjoyed most was the technology. For example, the author talked about stealth aircraft that could project their radar signature up to 200 feet away. Mr. Marks made it seem like this technology was real, further immersing the reader in the story.
The characters were written well. The book mostly centered around the Yanbeyev family. Spanning multiple generations, they were intriguing. Nadya was my favorite, as she was strong yet vulnerable. Facing tough decisions, she always did what was right, yet it wasn't always easy.
One issue I had with the book was the language. The author often uses foreign words in the course of the story. While lending to the authenticity of the book, it makes it somewhat challenging to understand. In addition, there are military terms and abbreviations used that are never explained. Context is helpful, but a glossary of terms would be very beneficial. If the author would better explain these within the story itself, it would take the book to a different level.
Also, one of the greatest difficulties in writing is balance. There's a fine line between too many details and not enough. Unfortunately, this author errs on the side of too much information. There could have been fewer battle scenes. There were too many political scenes that should have been summed up or shortened instead. This made the book drag on longer than it should.
Lastly, the author was unclear about the timeline of the story. Each chapter is titled, and a location is given. However, the time seems to flow forward with no real indication as to how much time has passed. A simple date along with the location would erase any confusion. However, the further the book progressed, the less of an issue this became.
In summary, this is a very enjoyable book with a complicated and involved plot. There were a few slight hiccups, but I don't believe they were enough to take away a star. Therefore, I give Ark of the Apocalypse 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to fans of epic fantasies rather than dystopian novels due to its complex nature. This is the first of a series, so if you prefer standalone novels, I would skip this book.
Ark of the Apocalypse
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