Sunday, 2 June 2013

Book Review: Noah's Ark by Andrew J. Morgan

This was my first for review book! The author contacted me and offered me a free download in exchange for an honest review. This has had no effect on the review I'm going to give.

  • Title: Noah's Ark
  • Author: Andrew J. Morgan
  • Page Count & Publisher: 289 | That Right Publishing
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalypse
  • Format: eBook
  • Links: Amazon UK | Goodreads
We follow two characters, Alex and Michael. Alex is living the perfect life. He has a wonderful family and a successful career. Michael is living a perpetual nightmarish existence in a locked facility under sadistic guards. Alex thinks he's along after the darkness took everyone away. He's wrong.

My Thoughts:
This is such a hard book to review because discussing the plot at all will give away the biggest spoiler in the book! It was utterly confusing at first, until you figure out what's going on. And by confusing, I mean to the point where I put the it down for a few days until I could devote a bit more attention to it! You get absolutely no answers during these confusing first chapters but it all falls into place later on in the book.

While this book follows two main characters, there are a few other people involved. I don't think the other people felt as fleshed out as Alex and Michael and one or two were a touch stereotypical. I liked Michael a whole lot better than Alex, even at the start when it appears Michael is a violent, cold blooded murderer. Michael is always fighting for himself, to not give into those around him. Alex slips into a melodramatic funk quite early on and has a lot of things happen at him, rather than to him.

There is a huge amount of descriptiveness in this book, sometimes it's actually quite beautiful:
"His pondering swirled out through his mouth and drew spirals in front of him. They collided, showering reflective sparks in every direction.The ones that touched him burnt and stung; he yelped and they turned and slithered away, wriggling and writhing as they burrowed into the black."
-Noah's Ark by Andrew J. Morgan

Other times, the description got in the way of the momentum of the story, it felt a little bogged down in adjectives.

The tone completely changed once the two met, it got a little "action hero" dialogue-ish. There was some "I can't go on, leave me", "Never!!" type dialogue which felt a bit out of tone with what had happened so far.

There's a huge, and not unexpected plot twist at the end but there's a huge amount that still doesn't get explained by the end of the book.

Overall, it's a good and solid debut. I'm looking forward to seeing more from Andrew J. Morgan!

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