Edge of Extinction: The Ark Plan

Topics: Book review
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What if people brought back the dinosaurs like the scientists in Jurassic Park but not just on an island?
And then what if they took over as apex predators and the surviving humans had to move into gigantic underground shelters to survive?
Would they then trust the leader or ‘Noah’ who controlled life in the shelters that kept them safe?
Would the protagonist trust those in power or go looking for her missing father topside?
I suppose this book that Quinton found for us at his school is moving us toward more dystopian fiction. There is death in this but nothing we couldn’t handle–and both Quinton and I are pretty tender hearted. There was one moment where Quinton was shocked enough to yell out loud at the bad guys and their cruelty.
The writing had many turns that surprised us and continued to reveal hidden connections we hadn’t expected to the end. The main character is strong and her two friends are also boys we cheered for though I did think that it was more plot driven than character driven.
We read it all out loud to each other in less than a week together–not just at night but any time we could spare to sit on the couch in the morning or evening to find out how they escaped bad guys and dinosaurs. I was every bit as hooked by the plot twists as he was or I never could have done that.
There were only a few illustrations by Eric Deschamps but we loved them from the first map of the underground compound.
This is where Sky grew up and we studied it before starting and then went back to it as the story went on so we could visualize the Guardian Wing where they stuck her as an orphan and the Assembly Hall where those in power announced new restrictions.
And there is a second book! I already have it on hold at the library. It’s now a contest to see if the public library will get it to us first or Quinton gets it from the school library on Monday. Either way, we won with this book and you might too if you have adventure loving tweens in your life.

About the author: Karrie Zylstra Myton is a blogger, essayist, and aspiring author who writes for the wild joy it brings on the best days and the hard lessons she learns about life on the worst. After crafting stories in the ridiculously early morning hours, she chases her two sons, cuddles with cats, and laughs with her husband about how crazy life can get in middle age.

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