This week I’m going to the launch of Annabel Smith‘s third book, The Ark. I’m quite excited about this because for weeks, Annabel has been teasing those on her mailing list with sneak peeks of the book … and they have really got me intrigued. The sneak peeks are emails, text messages and memos that document the unauthorised closure of The Ark … and the frenzy that creates. Speculative sci-fi is not a genre I usually read, but having read the daily emails I’m invested in wanting to know the full story.

With Annabel’s permission, I’ve used one of the sneak peeks as a teaser today. Have a look:


Now, here’s the blurb:

The year is 2041. As rapidly dwindling oil supplies wreak havoc worldwide, a team of scientists and their families abandon their homes and retreat into a bunker known as The Ark, alongside five billion plant seeds that hold the key to the future of life on Earth. But The Ark’s sanctuary comes at a price.  When their charismatic leader’s hidden agenda is revealed it becomes impossible to know who to trust. Those locked out of The Ark become increasingly desperate to enter, while those within begin to yearn for escape. The Ark delves into the fears and concerns raised by the environmental predicament facing the world today, exploring human nature in desperate times. At its heart it asks: can our moral compass ever return to true north after a period in which every decision might be a matter of life and death and the only imperative is survival?


And here are a couple of lines from early reviews on Goodreads:

  • “The idea for this book is ingenious.”
  • “This is a clever and compelling story, and an innovative and exciting example of non-traditional story telling.”
  • “The Ark is not just a book, it’s also an app and a website, and it’s very much sold on the idea that the two parts go hand-in-hand, that it’s an interactive experience.”

What do you think? Sound like something you’d read?


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Monique Mulligan

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