SCI-FI MONTH - Review - The Ark by Patrick Tomlinson

Title: The Ark

Author: Patrick S Tomlinson

Publisher: Angry Robot 

Release Date: 5th November 2015

Source: NetGalley

Humankind has escaped a dying Earth and set out to find a new home among the stars aboard an immense generation ship affectionately name the Ark. Bryan Benson is the Ark's greatest living sports hero, enjoying retirement working as a detective in Avalon, his home module. The hours are good, the work is easy, and the perks can't be beat.

But when a crew member goes missing, Bryan is thrust into the center of an ever-expanding web of deception, secrets, and violence that overturns everything he knows about living on the Ark and threatens everyone aboard. As the last remnants of humanity hurtle towards their salvation, Bryan finds himself in a desperate race to unravel the conspiracy before a madman turns mankind's home into its tomb.

Ah space the final frontier, when the earth takes it last gasp we are all destined for the stars.

The Ark carries the last of humankind, having set off 200 years ago, generation after generation has grown up never setting for on solid ground.  The cream of mankind has made the massive spaceship its home, the population is split across two distinct zones and policing one of those zones is Bryan Benson, ex sports hero and current detective of the Avalon zone.

A case comes across his path, one that has never ever happened -  a crew member has gone missing.

Now this has never happened because everyone on board has a plant embedded which also tracks them.  But this crew member has vanished of the face of the, well spaceship and it is up to Bryan to find them.

To make matters worse he has to do it quickly, after two hundred years the ship has nearly reached it destination, a new planet that will be their new home, Bryan has two weeks to wrap up the case.

So no spoilers here but what happens next is just incredible, as Bryan delves in to the life of the missing crew member he uncovers artefacts that where stolen years before, he also feels someone is sabotaging his case.  

The deeper he goes the more he uncovers, his journey takes him from literally the top of the tallest tower to the sub levels in the bowels of the ship, aided by colleagues including his forbidden love interest Theresa and a very green new recruit.

What he uncovers may literally rock the boat.

Stunning world building, a plot that keeps you guessing and some totally old school in a new world case solving.  This is a great start to the series as the ending does leave you wanting more.

Sci-fi at its best, a great read.

Thanks to Angry Robot for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


Random Redheaded Ramblings


  1. I love sci-fi, Heather, and this one sounds really good! I can't imagine growing up (and living my whole life) on a space-ship! And adding a strange mystery to the mix makes it seem even better! Definitely adding this to my TBR :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. Oh I hope you enjoy it, Plus it is the start of a series so cannot wait for the rest!

  2. Ooooooohhhh...I must have this! *runs to add to TBR*


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