Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Forward Collection #1
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
First Published: September 17, 2019
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Source: Prime Reading
On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy.
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.Also in this series: Emergency Skin, Randomize, Summer Frost
If the world was ending, would you choose to stay on the dying planet Earth, or would you venture off into space with the last vestiges of humanity? This is the question posed by Ark, a science fiction short about a horticulturist named Samantha, working with the last scientists on Earth to catalog and load as much plant life as possible onto the arks that are destined for space. Samantha reflects on her life and her love for her home in the final days before a cataclysmic event wipes out all life on Earth completely.
“She wished she could have told him that life was already full of dread, no matter who you were. That there was nothing you could have that couldn’t one day lose. That autumn always gave way to winter, but it was her favorite time of year – those fleeting bursts of beauty before the branches went bare.”
To say that this story was melancholic is an understatement as the story delves deep into human relationships and the people that give us a reason to keep on living. The narrative is deeply introspective and deals with love and loss in a tender way, like a slow goodbye. The writing was absolutely beautiful and I found the pacing to be just perfect, I loved this story to bits despite it being one of the lowest-rated stories of the Forward Collection. It is an open love letter to our planet and all of the magnificent life within it.