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Ark by Veronica Roth

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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. – Goodreads


I was pretty dubious starting with the story written by the Divergent author, I’m not going to lie, but I actually quite enjoyed this melancholy, intimate portrait of one woman at the end of the world. The imagery from the focus on flowers and plants was a nicely done contrast to the harsh realities of the planet’s dying. The only thing that kept this from being a four for me was the ending, as Roth did not seem to know where, exactly, to cut the navel gazing and therefore the story ended on a note of repetitiveness rather than the poignancy that would have been so fitting.