Stephen Baxter is probably one of the best speculative fiction writers around, and 'Ark' should enhance his reputation. Baxter has written several evolutionary novels before; this time he speculates how humans would adapt to life on a spaceship. He picks up almost exactly where 'Flood
' left off so you really need to read this first. If you already have, then you are in for a treat.
The book covers the lives of Holle and Kelly from childhood; Grace's childhood taking place during 'Flood'; and all three women after the launch of Ark One. There is plenty of action and drama and some uncomfortable issues are explored. Overall I was gripped by the storyline and characterisations.
Baxter is improving as a writer with each new book and it is in his characterisation that it shows. I particularly liked his telling of events from the womens' perspective. Not many male authors do this well though I wish more would try.
I have given this book 5 stars as I had to read it in one sitting - I just couldn't put it down. Gripping, enthralling and dramatic in parts, 'Ark' is a great read and I for one hope the story continues... I want to know what happens next!