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In Ark: A Promise of Survival (Mya and Ark) (Volume 1)

by Ms Lisa Devaney

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It is 2044 and New Yorkers are living through The Change. The food they eat is mostly artificial or fresh and prohibitively expensive, a cab costs $600 and they cannot go outside in summer without protective clothing. This is the life Mya Brand leads, until she is abducted and taken to The Ark, an eco-survivalist commune. Once there, she must face the demons of her past life and make a difficult decision about her future. Should she stay and be safe, but not see her family and friends ever again? Or should she walk away from the commune and risk a difficult life and an early death as the climate worsens?
‘In Ark’ is part of a newish genre called cli-fi, or climate fiction, featuring titles such as ‘Solar’ by Ian McEwan and ‘State of Fear’ by Michael Crichton. This is the first of three cli-fi novels about The Ark planned by new American indie author Lisa Devaney.
The context is fascinating and I can see it working well as a movie. Devaney writes with precision about climate change and the effect this has on day-to-day life, as well as on society as a whole. It is clear that Devaney is an enthusiast for her genre. I would have liked The Ark to be more sinister, perhaps that will come in Book Two. It reminded me a little of the world created by Veronica Roth in ‘Divergent’, though I must point out that ‘In Ark’ is most definitely an adult book rather than YA. There are a couple of vividly-written drug-fuelled sex scenes which are the sort that teenage readers would read and re-read, and some adults too.
Overall the concept of the trilogy is very different from anything else I have read, the plotting did seem a trifle slow but that is partly because the society needs to be explained so the story in Book Two and Book Three can progress.
If you like science fiction, fantasy or dystopian fiction, then cli-fi is for you.
Read more of my book reviews at http://www.sandradanby.com/book-reviews-a-z/ ( )
  Sandradan1 | Nov 13, 2015 |
Living in a world that has been drastically altered by climate change, Mya is abducted by a group of eco-survivalists who can make her dreams come true. She’ll be able to focus all her attention on her life’s mission – her digital archiving project – creating a digital archive of each person’s life on the internet for future generations. No more worries about where the funding will come from. No more struggles over the day to day things like obtaining food. All she has to do is never contact her friends and family ever again.

Ms. Devany certainly seems to have done her research on climate change and appears to a very enthusiastic believer in the topic. I think she did a good job in taking the time in the first part of the novel to develop the protagonist Mya so that we could really understand the core of her character.

Once Mya moves to the Ark we spend a lot of time learning about the Ark and the way thing work there and the people that she encounters. There are a couple of XXX rated +sexual scenes that caught me off-guard as there had been no indication anywhere else in the novel that this type of material would be in the book. There was the occasional swear word scattered throughout the novel and only 1 F-bomb. It was in the XXX rated scene.

I thought the premise of the Ark was an interesting one. I also thought it maybe should have been set a little further into the future because the book stated that in 2030 “the once verdant lands of Earth have become deserts.” Then it states “Three decades prior, corporations of China had bought up vast expanses of land in Africa and South America to produce food…” That would mean that China would have bought the land in the year 2000, which would be already in our history which would make this story implausible since we know that didn’t happen.

The story takes place thirty years from now. How likely is climate change going to be so bad that we are unable in North America that we will be unable to venture outdoors without totally covering up in protective gear. Climate change is coming, it’s true, but will it be so bad that 30 years from now we will mainly be eating artificial food as our mainstay? How about a cab ride that costs $600? In Ark definitely leaves you with things regarding climate change to think about.

If you enjoy the new genre cli-fi, you may like this novel by Lisa Devaney. I rated it 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

This review was published on my blog Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.com/2014/11/book-review-in-ark-by-lisa-... ( )
  KathrynSvendsen | Nov 14, 2014 |
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In the year 2044, Mya Brand lives in New York City and pursues her passion—trying to digitally save the life story of every human on the planet before climate change makes Earth un-liveable. Recovering from a failed marriage, she stays laser-focused on her mission. With support from her actress best friend and bartender buddy, she is rebuilding her life and trying to heal her hard shell. Fraught with daily hardships of survival in the face of climate change, she struggles to obtain food, maintain resources and protect her delicate skin from the harmful rays of the sun. With little funding for her digital archiving project, she struggles to keep her dreams going, but wonders how much more she could accomplish if she had more resources. Then, one day she is abducted by an eco-survivalist community— Ark— that promises to make her dreams come true. Finally able to focus on her mission, she begins to thrive in her new, sheltered, life. Gone are the hardships she faced from the outside world and climate change. Gone are her money struggles. But Ark proves not to be the utopia she expects. This book contains some scenes of adult content. Early readers of 'In Ark: A Promise of Survival' have said the book is like 'The Hunger Games' and 'The Host' all in one exciting novel. The book’s editor, Monica Wanat, compares Devaney’s writing style and 'In Ark: A Promise of Survival' to Margaret Atwood’s 'The Handmaid’s Tale'. Devaney, readers say, creates a believable near-future dystopia back-dropped by environmental catastrophe. 'In Ark: A Promise of Survival' joins a new literary genre called cli-fi (climate change fiction), which is a subgenre of science fiction. Invented by the writer and activist Danny Bloom, the cli-fi genre includes authors such as Barbara Kingslover and Ian McEwan. The new genre has received wide press coverage, including by Wired magazine and NPR. 'In Ark: A Promise of Survival' is Lisa Devaney’s first book, and it shows the promising potential of this new American indie author. She plans a trilogy of 'Mya and Ark' books over the next few years. For more information please visit her website: lisadevaney.com

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