Ark
On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy.It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond.Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection.As certain doom hurtles nearer, the unexpected and beautiful potential for the future begins to flower.Veronica Roth’s Ark is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

Ark Details

TitleArk
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 17th, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Short Stories, Fiction, Audiobook

Ark Review

  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    Ark was my second read from the Forward collection and my second least favourite. To be fair, I think I liked it more than a lot of other readers did, judging by the reviews, but it was very slow for such a short story.I like this story more when looking back over it than I did while I was reading. It's a very slow, quiet tale, exploring the beauty of Earth through horticulture. Samantha is a scientist, cataloging plant samples to take on the Ark when the final people leave Earth. Most have Ark was my second read from the Forward collection and my second least favourite. To be fair, I think I liked it more than a lot of other readers did, judging by the reviews, but it was very slow for such a short story.I like this story more when looking back over it than I did while I was reading. It's a very slow, quiet tale, exploring the beauty of Earth through horticulture. Samantha is a scientist, cataloging plant samples to take on the Ark when the final people leave Earth. Most have already been evacuated and Earth's last days are rapidly approaching in the form of an asteroid.There's some understated beauty to it, but the lack of connection with the characters or any real emotional drive to the story kept me at a distance. The idea itself is very simple and it presents a sad nostalgia for Earth and all still left to discover about it. After I had read it and given it some thought, it struck me as a kind of love letter to our planet. It's just too bad that the story itself was not as compelling as the idea suggests.Randomize by Andy Weir - ⭑☆☆☆☆Emergency Skin by N.K. Jemisin - ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑You Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles - ⭑⭑⭑⭑☆The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay - ⭑⭑⭑⭑☆Summer Frost by Blake Crouch - ⭑⭑⭑⭑☆
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Somewhat bleak and sad short read about the Earth being evacuated because of an oncoming asteroid. The story mostly deals with a girl named Samantha who is cataloging plant samples to take before she leaves with the final people on the Ark. An interesting and different story. It would've been nice if it was a little longer to see what happens to the people in the future who are on the Ark.This story was part of the Amazon "Forward Collection" series.
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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    Well, this read was actually a pleasant surprise for me. I thought Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT trilogy went off the rails in the second book, and I never even read the controversial third book. But this contemplative, melancholic novella was really well done.An asteroid is about to crash into the earth, and it's a worldwide extinction event - the asteroid has been appropriately named Finis. Humanity has known this was coming for over 20 years (the asteroid did a few flybys first) and somehow Well, this read was actually a pleasant surprise for me. I thought Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT trilogy went off the rails in the second book, and I never even read the controversial third book. But this contemplative, melancholic novella was really well done.An asteroid is about to crash into the earth, and it's a worldwide extinction event - the asteroid has been appropriately named Finis. Humanity has known this was coming for over 20 years (the asteroid did a few flybys first) and somehow everyone has managed to leave Earth for another planet (how exactly this was pulled off is never explained, which I thought was a big hole in the story). The only remaining people are a group of scientists who are finishing up the collection and cataloging of various plants and animals. They're planning to take off in their two spaceship "Arks" just a few days before Finis hits. But Sarah, a horticulturist, isn't planning to get on the Ark, because of complicated Reasons. Ark won't be to every reader's taste (the GR reviews are all over the map). There's a lot - maybe too much - talk about plants generally and orchids in particular. But if you're in the mood for a thoughtful, slower-paced SF novella, you might enjoy this one. Full review to come!
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  • Katherine Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this sci-fi short story! Even though it was slow at certain points, the writing always flowed well and the characters remained true to themselves! The conversations about plants were also quite interesting.
  • Constantine
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5/5.0Genre:Science Fiction + DystopiaThis was a good short story about a scientist called Samantha. She has the responsibility of getting all the plant samples from earth planet to take them on the ship Ark before Finis asteroid hits the earth and ends all life on the planet. The story is slow but beautifully written. Its atmosphere somehow reminded me of an indie film that I love a lot called Another Earth. The ending was fitting for the story. There is no much character development Rating: 3.5/5.0Genre:Science Fiction + DystopiaThis was a good short story about a scientist called Samantha. She has the responsibility of getting all the plant samples from earth planet to take them on the ship Ark before Finis asteroid hits the earth and ends all life on the planet. The story is slow but beautifully written. Its atmosphere somehow reminded me of an indie film that I love a lot called Another Earth. The ending was fitting for the story. There is no much character development because it is less than 40 pages in total. Ark is the first book in the Forward series which is an Amazon Original Series. I give it strong 3.5 stars out of 5.0 Available on Kindle Unlimited
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  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a reflective short-fiction novel that takes place in the future. An asteroid will soon crash with planet Earth and life as we know it is not expected to survive. For years now, humanity has been preparing to move to another planet before the collision occurs.The story revolves around Samantha, a young scientist whose job is to catalog plant samples that will be taken with the surviving humans to their new home.I enjoyed the story, the author is descriptive and immerses the reader in the This is a reflective short-fiction novel that takes place in the future. An asteroid will soon crash with planet Earth and life as we know it is not expected to survive. For years now, humanity has been preparing to move to another planet before the collision occurs.The story revolves around Samantha, a young scientist whose job is to catalog plant samples that will be taken with the surviving humans to their new home.I enjoyed the story, the author is descriptive and immerses the reader in the character’s tasks, there are detailed description of the flowers being studied, so it should be interesting for those with horticulture interests. Overall, I recommend it to readers of sci-fi and contemporary fiction.
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  • Fiona
    January 1, 1970
    DISCLAIMER: Two things - I like this kind of story, and I was taken by surprise at how much I liked it - the Divergent series was my only previous exposure to Veronica Roth, and it started strong but quickly went right off the rails. This might have resulted in tipping the rating from 3 to 4 stars.It's a quick short story, this, but one I really enjoyed - the descriptions of the biologists and the countdown to the final days on earth balanced the potentially morose with hope for the future. It DISCLAIMER: Two things - I like this kind of story, and I was taken by surprise at how much I liked it - the Divergent series was my only previous exposure to Veronica Roth, and it started strong but quickly went right off the rails. This might have resulted in tipping the rating from 3 to 4 stars.It's a quick short story, this, but one I really enjoyed - the descriptions of the biologists and the countdown to the final days on earth balanced the potentially morose with hope for the future. It would have been easy to tip too far in either direction and end up with a story of despair, or one that was unreasonably cheerful; instead I found it the perfect amount of hope laced through the sadness. Part of the Forward collection.
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  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
    January 1, 1970
    So Veronica Roth clichè.The writing style is fine but the character development and the plot are so repetitive. Dystopian, controlled world. People are chosen/selected. The earth is going to get destroyed soon. Everything natural on earth is coming to an end.Sadly, it couldn't hold my interest. It becomes really monotonous after the first 5 pages and the characters are so so. The ending is really bad. Like a story was just starting and it ended out of nowhere.
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    I decided to read this on my way home from work since it had the perfect length. Another one of the stories commissioned by Blake Crouch that talk about a pivotal moment in technological advancement.We follow Samantha, member of the last group of scientists on Earth. Her job is it to catalogue plants before an asteroid hits the planet and ends all life on it. Four arks have already left with genetic samples and evacuees, hers is the last ship - though she has no intention of boarding it.However, I decided to read this on my way home from work since it had the perfect length. Another one of the stories commissioned by Blake Crouch that talk about a pivotal moment in technological advancement.We follow Samantha, member of the last group of scientists on Earth. Her job is it to catalogue plants before an asteroid hits the planet and ends all life on it. Four arks have already left with genetic samples and evacuees, hers is the last ship - though she has no intention of boarding it.However, she suddenly makes a discovery that could change everything.As seems to be common between this author an me, I liked the worldbuilding and the sound of her tale, that is to say the actual writing style (not least because Evan Rachel Wood narrated the audio version and superbly so). However, once again there was something that threw me: scientific inaccuracies (in a scifi story!) that wouldn't have taken long to research and the fact that, for me, the ending didn't make much sense. (view spoiler)[She discovers a species of orchid hitherto unheard of but she leaves the plant on Earth to burn and go extinct BUT the discovery somehow makes her change her mind about staying behind and watching Armageddon?! By the way, that is also one of the two scientific inaccuracies I was talking about because she wouldn't be able to actually witness the end of the world, she'd just disintegrate considering her location, the size of the asteroid and where it was supposed to hit but whatever. (hide spoiler)]Not bad but that seriously threw me so this isn't the strongest entry in the series.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    The audio did not work for me at all. I was bored from the beginning. It just rambled along, I looked in vain for a red thread or something to grab my interest. I listened to it a second time with half an ear this morning and then proceeded to skim the written word.I think that did the trick. I still don‘t love this story, but I think reading this brings out the subtleties of the story much better than listening to it. I only caught the final twist when I read the words, crazily enough. I might The audio did not work for me at all. I was bored from the beginning. It just rambled along, I looked in vain for a red thread or something to grab my interest. I listened to it a second time with half an ear this morning and then proceeded to skim the written word.I think that did the trick. I still don‘t love this story, but I think reading this brings out the subtleties of the story much better than listening to it. I only caught the final twist when I read the words, crazily enough. I might have fallen asleep last night, listening to this.Audio narration by Evan Rachel Wood, who appeared on my radar in the role of Queen Sophie-Anne on True Blood. She did ok. Relatively bland. She made no attempt to bring any of the characters alive by giving them different voices.Random thoughts, whilst reading this:Svalbard makes me think of dark elves. Not sure, who is to blame.In case you are wondering: From spectacular orchids to towering trees – 2018's top new plant discoverieshttps://www.theguardian.com/environme...None of my orchids have soil. Most orchids grow on trees (epiphytic orchids), although some are terrestrial. Or do you call the substrate that is used for potted orchids soil as well in English?Look up a photo of a mirror orchid, it is so cool!
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  • TS Chan
    January 1, 1970
    Update: Finished all 6 stories in the Forward collection, and I've to say this one is my favourite as it resonated most with my love for nature, and the poignancy of fleeting moments of human connection.Not a story that would appeal to everyone, but its brand of melancholy was beautiful and struck me deeply. I was surprised by the emotions I felt from such a short story.
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  • Richard Derus
    January 1, 1970
    The Publisher Says: On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy.It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond.Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection. The Publisher Says: On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy.It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond.Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection.As certain doom hurtles nearer, the unexpected and beautiful potential for the future begins to flower.Veronica Roth’s Ark is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.THESE SIX STORIES ARE FREE TO READ FOR ALL PRIME MEMBERS. NO KINDLE UNLIMITED NEEDED. AS LONG AS YOUR MEMBERSHIP REMAINS IN GOOD STANDING THEY WILL REMAIN IN YOUR COLLECTION.My Review: The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a very real thing, one that I am a bit surprised exists...it's so logical, so self-evidently necessary a thing that I'm amazed some religious nut or another hasn't blown it up...and has existed in differing forms since 1984. If there is to be any smallest hope of survival for humanity, this type of gene bank/seed collection/research project must exist and be replicated many, many times over. Blessedly, the Nordic countries and Kew Gardens in the UK are making this global movement happen. I personally thank them for this difficult, contentious, and urgent task being done to benefit all of humankind.Author Roth, whose Divergent series was not to my personal taste, is a skilled phrasemaker and a keen observer of Life. I was utterly transported to Svalbard, brought *right*there* by this stellar phrase:The land had glowed blue—beautiful in the way that a Rothko painting was beautiful, because it was empty enough to shrink a person and then swallow them.Two things I adore—Arctic landscapes and Rothko paintings—brought together in a way I'd never so much as dreamed was possible. I treasure moments of discovery like this, they make mental furniture fresh and interesting again by unexpected interrelationships.Samantha, whose world was always going to be destroyed in her lifetime by the irresistible force of a five-mile-wide asteroid Author Roth (or series creator Blake Crouch, I don't know for sure which) named "Finis" (Latin for "end" and the title of a much-anthologized story from a 1906 issue of The Argosy magazine) meeting the Earth's crust, is an ultimate orphan...her family all dead...as well as a detail-oriented and thorough person. Perfect type to have working on this program, like she was designed for it:So maybe {her father} had been apologizing for giving her life in the first place, when he knew it would be full of dread. She wished she could have told him that life was already full of dread, no matter who you were. That there was nothing you could have that you couldn’t one day lose.She volunteers to remain in Svalbard cataloging germ plasm samples for inclusion in the Ark Flora's hold. This is it, you see, these last few items from the seed bank represent the final species on Old Earth to make the deep-space voyage to Terra, our new home. Samantha, however, is holding a secret: She has decided she ain't a-goin' since, if she stays, she will have the one and only chance anyone will ever have to experience first-hand the end of the world. The *actual* end of the world. Someone without close ties can make that decision for themself, no one really can argue...and since she hasn't shared the plan, no one will.Snort.Doctor Nils Hagen, an eminent widowed scientist, is like Samantha. He's not interested in a space voyage he won't live to see the end of; he'll die here in his greenhouse full of the orchids he so passionately loves. In Svalbard. Not far from the North Pole. Privileged much, Nils? He's lost his will to live with his wife's death, and Samantha relates to his desire to see the end of something we all thought should be eternal: Home. After all, what use is a future without your love in it? His wife gone, his orchids dying in Svalbard as the sun goes out for a generation or two; nothing on an Ark for the likes of his old-man ass.Samantha isn't old enough to know that the question, "what's your favorite...", isn't one old people care to answer. How the hell can you, brash young pup, even begin to scrape the frost from the corner of the windowpane that we've allowed to frost over so long ago that glass was a novelty item? If we tell you something, anything at all, you still won't know what you're asking: "Look at everything you've ever done and thought and felt about this thing, sort through the Alp of memories, and spit some pat, facile phrase into the whippersnapper's ear. Maybe she'll quieten down then." Nils tries an old stand-by: "I don't have a favorite. I love them all equally."“You just can’t—and if you did, then it’s the same as loving nothing at all. So you have to hold just a few things dear, because that’s what love is. Particular. Specific.”Smart, this one. Saw through that "hush now, little one" response in a heartbeat!So a friendship begins. And so Nils, with so many ideas and so much information, begins to let Samantha see what truly happens when The End has a date on it, how life lived becomes A Life, how meaningless nothings are, in fact, everything as well, and how utterly impossible it is to see The End without also seeing In The Beginning clear as sunlight on water in, on, over, above, around it.When the student is ready, the teacher will come.
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  • Tan Markovic
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars.My first short story of the Forward series, hoping to finish them all this week 2.5 stars.My first short story of the Forward series, hoping to finish them all this week 🤞
  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Thoughtful SF. Nicely balanced between human worth, the emotional importance of discovery even at the very end of things, and finding hope in the very smallest of things... including seeds.I won't say this is the end-all of SF, but it was a pleasant divergence from the normal run.What would you save if the Earth was about to be pulverized?
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  • Henk
    January 1, 1970
    Rather slow, twee and overly sweet for my taste, certainly taking into account it’s a 38 page story about the end of the worldWe follow Samantha, a horticulturist on an evacuated earth. She researches plants in the Svalbard gene vault to include these on Ark Flora, preserving biodiversity while humanity moves to earth the sequel. An asteroid is coming to bring the planet back to a pristine state.You might imagine everyone is freaked out and racing to save as much as they can, but Samantha and Rather slow, twee and overly sweet for my taste, certainly taking into account it’s a 38 page story about the end of the worldWe follow Samantha, a horticulturist on an evacuated earth. She researches plants in the Svalbard gene vault to include these on Ark Flora, preserving biodiversity while humanity moves to earth the sequel. An asteroid is coming to bring the planet back to a pristine state.You might imagine everyone is freaked out and racing to save as much as they can, but Samantha and friends have time to stack a boat with supplies, bring lunch to people a hour away growing orchids in the midst of blizzards and even hit a blunt while categorizing plants.Despite the implausibilities I liked the atmosphere Roth portrayed: melancholic, tinged with love for a dissapearing planet and people lost. The writing is quite nice with some pretty, almost selfhelp like quotes included below. Why take a shower when you’re just going to get dirty? Why eat when you’re just going to get hungry? Every flower dies eventually, Sam. But not yet.She wished she could have told him that life was already full of dread, no matter who you were. That there was nothing you could have that you couldn’t one day lose. That autumn always gave way to winter, but it was her favorite time of year—those fleeting bursts of beauty before the branches went bare.“Well, you can’t love everything equally,” she said. “You just can’t—and if you did, then it’s the same as loving nothing at all. So you have to hold just a few things dear, because that’s what love is. Particular. Specific.”But the story felt implausible (like how would we evacuate 7,5 billion people into space?) and non-urgent, something I would have at least expected based on the basic premise of the story.2,5 stars rounded down.
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  • Veronique
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*Melancholic short story.I liked how Roth juxtaposed the immense with the tiny, the cataclysmic end of Earth against a flower. And yet, it kind of makes sense. The small things often are the most important ones in the grand scheme of things. She also contrasted the vast emptiness of an arctic setting (any mention of Svalbard always makes me think of His Dark Materials) with the fecundity of plants in all their tiny and rich intricacies.This wasn’t an easy to connect with story. The voice of 3.5*Melancholic short story.I liked how Roth juxtaposed the immense with the tiny, the cataclysmic end of Earth against a flower. And yet, it kind of makes sense. The small things often are the most important ones in the grand scheme of things. She also contrasted the vast emptiness of an arctic setting (any mention of Svalbard always makes me think of His Dark Materials) with the fecundity of plants in all their tiny and rich intricacies.This wasn’t an easy to connect with story. The voice of the narration from the main lead is disconnected from her life in light of the event that has shaded and shaped her existence, and this is reflected in the tone. However, the author gives us her awakening, full of hope.
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  • Alina
    January 1, 1970
    Kind of boring, no action, lots of plants descriptions, not really my cup of tea.. Forward collection :Summer Frost by Blake Crouch - 4Emergency Skin by N.K. Jemisin - 4.5You Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles - 2.5The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay - 4Randomize by Andy Weir - 3.5 Kind of boring, no action, lots of plants descriptions, not really my cup of tea.. Forward collection :Summer Frost by Blake Crouch - 4★Emergency Skin by N.K. Jemisin - 4.5★You Have Arrived at Your Destination by Amor Towles - 2.5★The Last Conversation by Paul Tremblay - 4★Randomize by Andy Weir - 3.5★
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  • Henry
    January 1, 1970
    EngangingThis is a terrific story in the Forward books curated by Blake Crouch. It is the first book I have read by Veronica Roth. It will not be the last!
  • Sonja Arlow
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my, Veronica Roth this was unexpected! Had I not known who the author was beforehand I never would have guessed this was the one that wrote the Divergent series. Its not a criticism, I really enjoyed the Divergent books but this is a very different kettle of fish.If you liked Good Morning, Midnight then you will definitely like this short story that forms part of the Forward Collection.So worth the read!
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  • Mackey
    January 1, 1970
    Ark is part of the Forward Collection featured on Amazon.com. Each of the short stories, including this one, explore the author's view of the earth's future. In Ark, Earth and its inhabitants will be destroyed by an asteroid that crashes into the planet. Knowing in advance this will happen, scientists have found an alternate world and most of Earth's inhabitants have been evacuated. The only ones left are the scientists who collecting specimens for the Arks that will travel to the new world. As Ark is part of the Forward Collection featured on Amazon.com. Each of the short stories, including this one, explore the author's view of the earth's future. In Ark, Earth and its inhabitants will be destroyed by an asteroid that crashes into the planet. Knowing in advance this will happen, scientists have found an alternate world and most of Earth's inhabitants have been evacuated. The only ones left are the scientists who collecting specimens for the Arks that will travel to the new world. As we count down the days to the end of time, we get a glimpse into the beauty, sadness and hope of what Earth was, what a new world could be. I love dystopian fiction and Roth, an accomplished author, created an intriguing look into that future world.
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  • Alec Lyons
    January 1, 1970
    Simply put, one of the most beautiful pieces I've read in a long, long time. Quiet, earnest but a little melancholy but also deeply moving and completely utterly tender.It's hard to summarise, and impossible to capture the quiet, gentle beauty of the prose that tells us this moment in time. I think this will stay with me for a time.
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  • Inkish Kingdoms
    January 1, 1970
    Visit me at: Book Blog / InstagramThis short story was a really nice read... mainly because of Veronica's writing style. I love the inconsequential feeling the author transmits through the main character. How this small story cover the hopelessness and inevitable events of the apocalypse while still holding tide to hope and life. As a weird new discovered plant makes the cut to survive, the main character undergoes a change so deep that saves her life and allows her to move on. Yes, life can Visit me at: Book Blog / InstagramThis short story was a really nice read... mainly because of Veronica's writing style. I love the inconsequential feeling the author transmits through the main character. How this small story cover the hopelessness and inevitable events of the apocalypse while still holding tide to hope and life. As a weird new discovered plant makes the cut to survive, the main character undergoes a change so deep that saves her life and allows her to move on. Yes, life can become inconsequential, but even the smallest beautiful things in life can make the difference. Everything is valuable depending on the meaning we give to them, and the nostalgia of losing this beautiful planet is clearly unbearable. I hope the rest of the stories are as pleasant as this one. I had forgotten who I enjoy Veronica's narrative.Updated: This is not a dystopian title. This is more fiction/sci-fi, and it is not YA either. When reading this title, you shouldn't expect a Divergent or Dystopian feeling as this is not what the author wrote. :)
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  • Gabi
    January 1, 1970
    So beautiful and melancholic! A story more like a poem, a feeling. Very moving in a quiet voice.The audio narration by Evan Rachel Wood did the subdued atmosphere justice.
  • Faith M ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this, from start to finish! I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t YA, as I’d been expecting, but instead had a similar narrative voice to Jeff VanderMeer’sAnnihilation, in which a female adult scientist is a part of a semi-suicidal mission where strange plants are involved as she recollects past experiences. Turns out it’s a style I really love.Honestly, the only thing I didn’t care for in this was the idea that all of humanity would agree to evacuate because of I thoroughly enjoyed this, from start to finish! I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t YA, as I’d been expecting, but instead had a similar narrative voice to Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, in which a female adult scientist is a part of a semi-suicidal mission where strange plants are involved as she recollects past experiences. Turns out it’s a style I really love.Honestly, the only thing I didn’t care for in this was the idea that all of humanity would agree to evacuate because of an incoming astroid set on a path of global destruction. People don’t even believe in global warming, even though it’s a big part of why Australia is still on fire. A big amorphous ball in space is even less tangible, and I can definitely see governments denying that anything is wrong until the very last moment.But ignoring that issue, this was a wonderfully told story about grief and coping and how life goes on, even when it seems it’s about to end. It’s profound and emotional. I absolutely loved it.
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    A large asteroid hurtles towards earth bringing certain destruction and the end of life on the planet. Impact is expected in just two weeks. Most of the planet has been evacuated. Only a few scientists remain. Samantha is one that remains behind, cataloging and preparing plant samples for humanity's forced trek to the stars. She finds a spark of hope and strength in the final days. I was drawn to start listening to the six stories in this Amazon Originals collection because I recognized most of A large asteroid hurtles towards earth bringing certain destruction and the end of life on the planet. Impact is expected in just two weeks. Most of the planet has been evacuated. Only a few scientists remain. Samantha is one that remains behind, cataloging and preparing plant samples for humanity's forced trek to the stars. She finds a spark of hope and strength in the final days. I was drawn to start listening to the six stories in this Amazon Originals collection because I recognized most of the authors names. Veronica Roth. Andy Weir. Blake Crouch. Paul Tremblay. Two of the writers are new to me -- N. K. Jimisin and Amor Towles. I wanted to see what pictures of the future this very talented group of writers would conjure up. Ark is the first story in the collection. A bit bleak, but tinged with human resilience and strength, the story is about the end of the world as we all know it....and the start of a new future. I enjoyed this story. The only book I have read by Roth is Divergent. I never finished that series. I'm not sure why. I think maybe the storyline required too much suspension of my sense of reality. I liked it....but didn't love it. Reading this short by Roth has reignited my interest in that series and also Carve the Mark, all of which sit on my TBR shelves. I think I feel a sci-fi/fantasy kick coming on. Great start to the collection! I listened to the audio version of this story. Narrated by Evan Rachel Wood, the audio is 1 hour 22 minutes long. Perfect length for a single listening session. Wood gives a great performance. Very enjoyable listening experience. I look forward to the rest of this collection!
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  • Tania
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this Forward collection short story. I think it's a talent to create a complete and fleshed out plot in a few pages but an even bigger challenge is to get readers to feel something in such a short amount of time. This is exactly what Veronica Roth achieved here.Unlike her Divergent series this is a slow, beautiful exploration of the end of the world. Loved her descriptions. If you enjoyed Good Morning, Midnight, you need to read/listen to this.
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  • ChopinFC
    January 1, 1970
    2 Stars (Below Average)Interesting concept, but I have to give this one only 2 1/2 stars. There's a massive comet which is about to destroy planet Earth, and most humans have already evacuated. Samantha stays behind to catalog plant samples for the future of the human race. In the process she 'she makes a final human connection'. The premise felt forced, and the 'connection' was muddled with dialogue that was virtually undecipherable.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    A short story so interesting, I wish it continued. What would you do, with the end of Earth by natural causes approaching? Stay and perish or get aboard the last ship, living the rest of your natural life in space?
  • David
    January 1, 1970
    With Ark, Veronica Roth has written a beautiful story that, like all good science fiction, uses a futuristic setting to highlight something true about ourselves. In this case, the truth Roth illuminates is the beauty of the earth and how much we have to lose. As such, I viewed it as a very subtle message of conservation / environmentalism. The mood is somber, which based on the reviews clearly turned off some readers, but it's hard to be too upbeat in a story about the world rapidly nearing With Ark, Veronica Roth has written a beautiful story that, like all good science fiction, uses a futuristic setting to highlight something true about ourselves. In this case, the truth Roth illuminates is the beauty of the earth and how much we have to lose. As such, I viewed it as a very subtle message of conservation / environmentalism. The mood is somber, which based on the reviews clearly turned off some readers, but it's hard to be too upbeat in a story about the world rapidly nearing destruction via a collision with an asteroid (humanity has been aware of its fate for many years). Here's an example: Maybe he [the main character's father] had been apologizing for giving her life in the first place, when he knew it would be full of dread. She wished she could have told him that life was already full of dread, no matter who you were. That there was nothing you could have that you couldn’t one day lose. That autumn always gave way to winter, but it was her favorite time of year—those fleeting bursts of beauty before the branches went bare.I don't like giving 5 stars. Is Ark among the best 10% of fiction I've ever read? No, I don't think so, but on the other hand I couldn't have asked anything more from 39 pages.Thank you to Amazon for making this available free to Prime members.
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  • ✨Skye✨
    January 1, 1970
    I quite liked this one, although I think it's telling that I had to read the blurb again and remind myself of what it was about! I did find it resonated quite deeply with me though about the value of our planet and what we stand to lose should humanity not change. There was some interesting discussion about what it means to be human and to live. The flower and plant saving was actually quite interesting too.
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