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!
This sounds like an incredibly clever book, both in subject matter and the tie in to the app and website. I do hope you enjoy it. Here is my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/teaser-tuesday-september-16/
I’ve just finished reading this book, too. I’ll write a review soon. I’m also going to the launch, so we’ll be able to meet!
Looking forward to a face-to-face meeting, Louise.
I can’t wait to read this. I think I’ll enjoy the way in which it’s told and the concept is intriguing. I also can’t resist that cover art!
Here is my teaser – http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/09/16/teaser-tuesdays-81-free-short-story-raker-by-christopher-a-gray-move-over-robocop/
Judging by your teaser, I think The Ark is meant for you!
Oh how fun! Thanks for sharing! Mine today is from
The Moonlight Palace
It’s been fun getting the emails. I’ll miss them!
I am intrigued. And that cover…. :0
It stands out, doesn’t it.
I haven’t read much science fiction in years, but this one sounds like fun.
Mine this week is Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris. http://wp.me/pZnGI-dk
I am not a sci-fi fan at all, but this one has grabbed my attention.
Sounds like a compelling story. I hope you enjoy the launch. Sounds like fun!
Here’s the link to my Tuesday post: Tumbleweeds.
The launch invite came in a similar format to the teaser, Sandra. So creative!
The premise for this book sounds fascinating! And I love when authors build up pre-book buzz in creative ways! 🙂 Very cool.
Our teasers: http://refractedlightreviews.com/?p=20861
I look forward to the email every day, Dani. Still waiting for today’s one. Any minute now …
Thanks for sharing the book here, Monique. It was great to meet you at the launch and I look forward to Stories on Stage.
Me too! I’ll post a review when I’ve read The Ark.