My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ark, by Stephen Baxter is a great read! I loved how he addressed climate change and took it up a notch with the Earth surprising us by spewing forth subtectonic waters. (which according to my own research might actually be possible as there is evidence of water bound in mineral form within the Earth's magma, and at least one reputable article concerning an ocean's worth of water below eastern Asia) Why did this water come spewing out suddenly? No one knows, but sea level rise went well beyond the expectations of current climate change predictions (as if that weren't bad enough...)
A desperate plan is hatched to ensure the survivability of humanity, an arc of sorts that will use an Alcubiere Warp Drive to travel to a distant planet. Our characters are thrust into situations of life and death as a group of young people who have trained all their lives for the mission to save humanity, but things don't always turn out as they're planned.
In my opinion, Ark is a riveting novel that addresses some of the direst consequences of humanity's nearsightedness with solutions that are out of this world.
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