Edge of Extinction #1: The Ark Plan Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-18 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 32 user ratings

"Edge of Extinction, The Ark Plan was an exciting read. Do you like dinosaurs? This book has dinosaurs. Do you like survival stories? Check. How about nefarious governments lying to their citizens? Double check.

This energized book swings the readers through the adventures of compounder Sky Mundy who has only lived underground... until now. With her best friend and new acquaintance, Sky must complete a mission her father left for her five years ago. The only problem is to do so requires traveling through dinosaur infested lands.

The action is well written, the characters interesting and unique, and the sense of tension brings readers from start to finish at a steady pace. For the most part, the dialogue is realistic. Every once in a while there is a slip in the dialogue that made me think the characters aren't as bright as they're supposed to be, but it is to add to the humor, so I can't fault it at that. Waiting for the next book to find out what happens is going to be hard!

If you're a fan of Jurassic Park and dystopian futures, Edge of Extinction is for you.
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"Sky Mundy and her best friend Shawn live in a warren of underground concrete bunkers built to house the human race. 150 years before, scientists resurrected dinosaurs just like on Jurassic Park, but this time they weren’t confined to an island. Along with the dinosaurs, an ancient virus returns which is responsible for wiping out 95% of human life.

Now they live under Noah – a man who rules the compounds and is said to have been responsible for saving what was left of the human race.

Sky hates being in the compound and unknown to the marines who ‘protect’ them, she sneaks outside every time there is a military plane drop of supplies. She is checking for any information about her missing father that might be held on the info pods that arrive from other compounds. Her friend Shawn hates her going outside as she is at the mercy of any roaming dinosaurs that might be about. Everyone knows that you can’t survive outside.

Edge of Extinction is a Dystopian novel for younger readers with plenty of dinosaurs to escape, defeat or even eat. Think Hunger Games – a brave heroine protagonist with a mission and two boys who want to protect her, and Jurassic Park with its wonder and fear of dinosaurs. Great read. Will definitely follow this series.
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As a librarian, I read a lot of books; it's one of my favorite ways to pass the time. This is the 483rd book I've read this year.

"Jurassic Park" is my "Star Wars." As nuts as people are about Luke Skywalker and company, I'm just as crazy about John Hammond and company. I saw that movie in theaters when it came out in 1993, and I was the same age as Sky, the main character in "Edge of Extinction." And it BLEW. MY. MIND. I wanted to be on that island, I wanted to be working with those scientists, and I wanted to be caring for those dinosaurs.

So anytime a good dinosaur yarn finds its way into my peripherals, I always stop and take notice. Last year, I read all the "Dinosaur Cove" books by Rex Stone. This year, I've indulged in the "Dino-Mike" series by Franco, and "The Dino Files" series by Stacy McAnulty. It was while I was perusing titles at my local Barnes and Noble Booksellers a couple months ago that I came across "Edge of Extinction." It was a featured title, along with a couple others, that the booksellers were promoting as the hot new reads in the youth department.

The saying goes, "You should never judge a book by its cover." But, I mean, come on -- don't we all do that, regardless? I know I do. I took one look at this book, and I just knew I had to read it. Not only that, but I knew I was going to love it. I had our library add it to our collection lickety-split...but I only just yesterday got a chance to read it (which I read cover-to-cover, by the way). When you've read 482 previous books, the backlog tends to extend into weeks. I saw this book in May, but I only just NOW got around to reading it. So many little time to read them all!

I love a good post-apocalyptic tale, but it's getting harder and harder to find the good ones under the mountain of titles that are coming out every month. And, it's getting increasingly difficult to find a new hook to grab me in these types of stories...but this dinosaur tale fit the bill. I loved the idea of dinosaurs being cloned, reintroduced to the world...and then a dinosaur disease strikes, killing off 99% of the population. That is a fresh idea I've never heard of before as it relates to dinosaurs and cloning: the fact that we could be bringing back their bacteria and diseases along with their serrated teeth and bony armored plates. I loved the meld of futuristic technology (the Compounders) and the retro (the Topsiders). I thought Sky, Shawn and Todd were excellent characters to get to follow, as well as the other characters in the book, especially Emily and Ivan. I loved the explanation for why the cloned dinosaurs were bigger than their ancient counterparts because they've been feasting on a diet of steroid-injected cattle and genetically-enhanced crops; brilliant. I also hope the second book answers some questions as it refers to The Noah, another story point I found interesting.

I could go on, but I think I'll stop there. Suffice it to say, I can't wait for the sequel. I'm anxious to see what's on the data chip that was so important to Sky's dad, as well as what actually happens when the characters reach Lake Michigan. Good stuff.

Whenever I get a "sixth sense" about a book, I'm never wrong. I had one such feeling upon seeing the cover of this book, and I was right again. Kudos on a GREAT book!
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Basically I loved this - it was so much fun! Sky is a fantastically plucky heroine who kicks but but also has the legit emotional responses of a 12 year old who has been through a lot. She is very stubborn, which leads her to make some occasional questionable choices, but always with the best of intentions.

The premise of this book is genius - it's an adventure that I can imagine all middle grade readers (and many adults!) loving. Dinosaurs, disease, survival, and evil plotting rulers. Highly recommend!
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" I loved this book. Dinosaurs have taken over the Earth and Noah has saved the human species by forcing them to live underground. But drama unfolds and Sky and her best friend go above ground. So exciting, looking forward to the next book! " said.

" where was this book when i was twelve, goddamnThat said it does kinda go with the tired old message that only the strong survive (or deserve to survive) while the ones hiding underground (in this case from dinosaurs) are weak and not really living. I do hope that the main character leads the world into some kind of middle ground in the second book but oh well, you can't get everything " said.

"I started reading parts of the second book in this series and decided I should borrow this one from the library first. It's a fun futuristic series where people have brought the dinosaurs back to life - bigger and better than before - and the dinosaurs have then run rampant. The people living in underground bunkers have been taught that no humans survived anywhere else, but not everyone believes it. And so we have an adventure where a girl must try to follow her missing-presumed-dead father and 'escape'.

I think my grandson will enjoy these books.
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"Good adventure story with interesting characters. Sky is looking for clues to find her father who disappeared 5 years ago. Her community, which lives underground in a compound and away from the deadly dinosaurs, thinks he was a traitor. Sky knows he wasn't. She and her friend Shawn escape to "topside" to look for him. There is danger, people who live in the trees, villains, and of course the dinosaurs that hunt the people. This book leaves you hanging and you have to read the second one to find out if they make it to her father or not." said.

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