Forty Days (Neima’s Ark #1)
by Stephanie Parent
Release Date: 02/10/13
Rating: 5/5 – It was amazing!
Goodreads Reading Challenge #22
Summary from Goodreads:
The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…
…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?
With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.
FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.
Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.
Review: I received a copy of Forty Days for the Review Only Blog Tour of Forty Days so I am SUPER excited to share it with you! Thank you to Stephanie Plant and YA Bound for allowing me to take part in this tour!
This book was really interesting for me…I was initially excited to read this book because I had never read an imaginative fiction version of the Noah’s Ark story although I’ve encountered it many times in religious studies courses and in reading it in the bible. I really like that this story wasn’t told from Noah’s perspective but from his granddaughter’s perspective. I think I’ve always been curious about how Noah’s family may have felt about the situation and having to be cooped up in this ark with all these terrifying animals. It was really, really interesting! I think this book is very different in terms of subject matter and it’s really creative with the Noah story, something we are all so familiar with but may not have explored too much. If you’ve ever been curious about digging deeper into the Noah’s ark story, or curious about what his family went through or even what Noah himself went through, definitely read this book! I love that this book is so personal, I felt like I was right there with Neima experiencing this story.
I hadn’t read a YA book in about a month so it was really refreshing to read this book! At 125 pages this book is a super light read, I finished it in a day, plus I just didn’t want to put it down. I had to know what happened next and where the story was going. I just really love this fresh, new take on such an age old story! I really liked, also how apparent it was that the author did alot of research on the area, the time period and the customs of the people who lived during this time. It’s interesting to see the gender roles at play and getting to catch a glimpse at which animals they were able to get into the ark. I think it’s realistic in the sense that of course Noah had not seen the rest of the world so it was impossible for him to have gotten each and every single animal species onto that ark but he did get what would have been known to them at the time. It is definitely apparent that this book took careful thought and planning and I can always appreciate that mix of history with fiction. It makes books that much more exciting and I think this book is filled with excitement, especially seeing what the family has to go through in the time frame in which we glimpse their lives in the ark.
There were a couple of different things in the book that really surprised me but I won’t spoil it for you. There is a romance in this story that I am really interested in seeing unfold and issues that Neima is struggling with in regards to her family and the end of the world as she knows it that I think will be interesting to see develop in the later books. I can’t wait to see where this story goes, I will definitely be looking out for the next book! The best thing about this book is that it covers only a short time period so we have a good ways to go of story! I recommend giving Forty Days a read, like I said it is a light, interesting read and I think fans of YA books will enjoy it like I did!
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Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block’s WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.
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