"Exciting start to a dinosaur series for middle grade readers"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted June 25, 2016
What if dinosaurs walked the earth once again?
Years ago, humans once inhabited the world topside with
the sun shining down on them, but that was before the THE
ARK PLAN was implemented to save the human race from the
dinosaur threat. Dinosaurs were brought back from
extinction by scientific engineering but unfortunately
the dinosaurs took over, almost wiping out the human
race. Now, humans live underground in compounds where the
Noah oversees them and helps keep them safe.
Sky Mundy has survived as an outcast, keeping her head
low while trying to unravel exactly what happened to make
her dad disappear without a word five years ago. Life in
the North Compound hasn't been easy for her, but Sky has
one good friend she can trust- Shawn Reilly. However, an
unexpected find sends Sky and Shawn on a quest, one that
Sky hopes will help her find her father again. Can they
survive topside in a world populated mainly by dinosaurs?
THE ARK PLAN is the first book in the Edge of
Extinction series and boy, am I happy this is a
series! Laura Martin has built a world with dinosaurs
galore and who doesn't love a good dinosaur book or
movie? I can easily envision this world where dinosaurs
stalk the topside in the lush environment left behind
after so many humans moved underground. We get hints of
the power structure and I can't wait to learn more about
this mysterious Noah.
Sky and Shawn are great main characters, although I have
to admit that Todd is my favorite. Sky and Shawn are both
a bit sheltered by their time in the compound, which
leads to some scary as well as amusing moments. Todd, on
the other hand, is well used to coping in a world with
dinosaurs. I love his loyalty and determination even in
the face of unthinkable circumstances.
THE ARK PLAN is an exciting start to the Edge of
Extinction series! While intended for middle grade
readers, THE ARK PLAN will appeal to older readers as
well. Full of action and with great world building, THE
ARK PLAN is a fun story that I can't wait to read to my
Jurassic World meets Dawn of the Planet of the
Apes in this epic new middle grade series full of
heart-pounding action and breathtaking chills!
One hundred and fifty years ago, the first dinosaurs were
cloned. Soon after, they replaced humans at the top of the
food chain. The only way to survive was to move into
underground compounds. . . .
Five years ago, Sky Mundy’s father vanished from North
Compound without a trace. Now she has just stumbled on a
clue that not only suggests his disappearance is just the
tip of an even larger mystery, but also points directly to
the surface. To find her dad—and possibly even save the
world—Sky and her best friend, Shawn, must break out of
their underground home and venture topside to a land
reclaimed by nature and ruled by dinosaurs.
Perfect for fans of Brandon Mull, Lisa McMann, and Rick
Riordan, this exhilarating debut novel follows two
courageous friends who must survive in a lost world that’s
as dangerous as they’ve always feared but also unlike
anything they could ever have imagined.
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