Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Book Review: Noah's Ark: Survivors by Harry Dayle

May 1st 2014 the Earth is scorched by a stray asteroid, wiping out almost all life. Almost, but not quite. 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?

My Review:
An asteroid on a collision course enters Earth's atmosphere and starts cooking people alive with its fiery dust trail in the southern hemisphere. As it circles around Earth various times, it gets lower and winds it way slowly north, destroying everything in it's path. On a cruise ship in the Arctic, passengers watch in horror as they see the end of the world coming...but then the asteroid starts to gain height and exits the atmosphere again, leaving most on the ship alive.

OK I'm not a science expert or anything so I'm not going to say anything about the way the asteroid behaves. I always expected an asteroid on collision course comes straight downn and hits Earth like Deep Impact as opposed to circling the Earth multiple times. It didn't sound right to me for it to do that but like I said, I'm no expert and it is fiction after all.

Instead of all being happy to be alive, the passengers seem to want to moan about everything that doesn't matter and don't get that the crew have important things to be getting on with like keeping the ship going and looking after the injured. Of course we also have the captain who decides the end of the world should be nigh and hatches the grand scheme to kill off everyone on board personally. Frankly he isn't very good at it and only manages one murder before getting caught. At the same time a disappointed wife beating religious zealot is gutted not to see the apocalypse come and then decides he has his own plan to please God with some kind of psycho takeover. It's like the Love Boat gone mental on this ship.

I found the plot to be a bit mental. I think every psycho on earth is on that ship which I found a bit annoying. It just all seemed a bit over the top plot wise. The story of the ship surviving the disaster would've been interesting enough with all the possible problems it would face but having all these murderers and zealots on board running around the place causing chaos was just too much for me. It didn't do anything to entertain me or to make me care about the nutters on board.

Nothing much else to say really. Didn't like anything about it.
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