The Ark

The Ark

Annabel Smith / Feb 24, 2021

The Ark Wool meets Super Sad True Love Story The year is As rapidly dwindling oil supplies wreak havoc worldwide a team of scientists and their families abandon their homes and retreat into a bunker know

  • Title: The Ark
  • Author: Annabel Smith
  • ISBN: 9780646923109
  • Page: 351
  • Format: ebook
  • Wool meets Super Sad True Love Story 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 h Wool meets Super Sad True Love Story 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

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    About "Annabel Smith"

      • Annabel Smith

        Annabel Smith is the author of Whisky Charlie Foxtrot, and A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the WA Premier s Book Awards.She has been writer in residence at Katherine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre and the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA , had short fiction and commentary published in Westerly and Southerly and holds a PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University.In 2012 she was selected by the Australia Council as one of 5 inaugural recipients of a Creative Australia Fellowship for Emerging Artists, for the creation of an interactive app to accompany her experimental speculative fiction The Ark, to be published in 2014 She is currently working on an epic quest with a sci fi twist featuring a monkey, an evil priestess and the mother of all tsunamis.


    1. The idea for this book is ingenious. In the 2040s, the world is falling to pieces. A seed bank has been set up in the Snowy Mountains to protect the world's plant stocks. As the Chaos mounts, the director of the seed bank decides to bring the employees and their families inside and lock them away. He says it's to keep them and the plants safe until things calm down, but also implies the giant biotech company which runs the facility has been secretly destroying the world's natural crops and he wa [...]

    2. I have been lucky enough to read an advance copy of Annabel Smith's third novel, and it's such an exciting project. The narrative itself deals with a small group of people who are sealed away from the outside world in a bunker under Mt Koziusko with the aim of protecting not just themselves, but a collection of millions of seeds. In many ways, the premise reminded me of Hugh Howey's 'Wool'.This is a modern take on the epistolary novel. The narrative is told through a variety of documents, emails [...]

    3. This is such an innovative book; I've never read anything like it before. Told through a collection of electronic documents including emails, blog posts and transcripts of meetings, it's a sort of futuristic, dystopian version of Lord of the Flies. I read the interactive app version, which gives the reader the option to follow links to further parts of the back story in the form of news articles, view photos of the bunker the characters live in, follow some of the characters on Twitter, and much [...]

    4. First posted on The Steadfast ReaderWhat do you get when you combine a brilliant dystopian novel with a unique, cutting edge epistolary style of storytelling? Why Annabel Smith's The Ark, of course. Smith takes novel writing and the technology that we have available to us for storytelling to a whole new level. But let's start with the general things about the book that I loved anyway. It's another well written piece of literary dystopian fiction that while quite different from St. Mandel's Stati [...]

    5. ‘The Ark’ is no ordinary novel, and to say I read it doesn’t quite sum up the experience of this book, as it is an experience more than a read.It’s written in epistolary form—emails, minutes of meetings, and news articles. There’s also a website, thearkbook, with video of inside the Ark and audio of conversations. Also on the website, you can upload your fan fiction. Together, the book and the website create the world of the Ark, and add a whole new dimension to its enjoyment.The boo [...]

    6. I received this book for my birthday from a friend who knows the author in person (I only know her as a friend here on ). I loved Annabel's last book Whisky Charlie Foxtrot (to be released in the US as Whisky and Charlie) and was really excited to read this one. Aside from the fact that she lives in my neighbourhood, she's also an amazingly talented author.A quick flick will be enough to convince any potential reader that The Ark is not an ordinary novel. It's a series of memos, emails, blog pos [...]

    7. How might "Lord of the Flies" or "Animal Farm" play out in thirty years time? "The Ark" is a stark imagining of just such a future. Instead of an island of boys or a farm of human-like animals, Annabel Smith's protagonists are either locked underground or enduring world-wide calamities outside. The earth has been stripped of its vegetation and fossil fuels, and the underground inmates have been charged with safeguarding the seeds of all the crop producing and carbon encapsulating plants that rem [...]

    8. I purchased the book version 26 hours ago and just finished it. It is a rare story that captures my attention the way The Ark has. I was totally sucked in from page one. Now I feel the way many might at the end of a great HBO series season finale, with a level of satisfaction regarding the outcome, and emotionally stirred up enough to be chewing on the detail for weeks and wishing for another season. Also have an overwhelming desire to buy chickpeas and rice in bulk and check that the gas bottle [...]

    9. The Ark is a page turning ride that had me on the edge of my seat from the very first page. It's world is recreated through documents, and this ramps up the tension and mystery.

    10. The Ark is essentially an epistolary novel, with the story being told through snippets of communication like news articles, blogs, memos and emails. Smith has created the various mediums with aplomb, mostly paralleling things we have today but with care to replicate the essential features - for example, official corporate correspondence may be electronic but it still carries the same weight as an official letter. Of particular note is the distinction between dailemail (essentially the same as ou [...]

    11. The book is only the beginning. But I’ll start there since this is a review.The Ark presents a form of fiction that while not rare, is perhaps underutilised. I am talking about epistolary fiction, fiction told through letters or documents. There are examples of the form stretching back six hundred odd years and smattered over all kinds of genre but if you were looking to write a novel it’s not the form I’d immediately choose.Why?I think it’s a form that battles against the audience’s e [...]

    12. Annabel Smith is a Perth based author who has followed her two previous books, A New Map of the Universe (2005) and Whisky Charlie Foxtrot (2012) with The Ark, an edgy post apocalyptic novel set in the near future. The Ark is a radical departure for Smith; it is both available as a traditional print book and digitally as an ebook with the option to use an APP that allows the reader to interact and contribute to the world depicted in the book. In addition the novel experiments boldly with form an [...]

    13. Up front, I have to admit that I would never have read this most interesting book if not for the fact that Annabel Smith is one of my favourite authors. Firstly, I don’t like reading eBooks, and secondly, I’m not fond of speculative fiction. It’s a measure of this author’s skill that I was captivated right from the start and finished the book wishing it was longer.The Ark doesn’t have to be read as an eBook, but (yes, I know I’m contradicting what I’ve written here many times befor [...]

    14. I was initially a wee bit thrown by the format of the printed book, having taken a recommendation to read it first and then approach the app and online stuff. I guess that accounted for the fractured start to the storyline(s) for me and my initial hesitancy. However, this not so mighty hurdle of my cognitive dissonance was soon left behind and the book got its hooks(roots?) into me. It is a BELTER of an effort and any misgivings were summarily despatched. Whilst not as rich and dense as Smith's [...]

    15. The Ark gets my vote for the most interesting and clever book I've read this year. It's not your typical narrative, composed instead of emails, instant messages, memos and other documents, forming an epistolary novel with a difference. Leading to the book's launch I was sent a daily sneak peek for a month within days I was hooked, waiting eagerly for the 3pm update. Once I started reading the book properly, I could not put it down. I'm not exaggerating. My husband, who is not a big fiction read [...]

    16. I love the concept of this book especially the epistolary nature of it. There is something indulgent about reading other peoples emails and correspondence. (Or maybe I'm just incredibly nosey!) There were a couple of elements of the book I felt needed further exploration; The Chaos and the reasons why Aiden and Rudolf wanted to be rid of Felipe. What was the back story there.To be fair I have not logged into the interact website for this book, which is essentially what makes this book project ve [...]

    17. This wonderfully inventive novel, told from multiple points of view and through a collection of documents, is strong, character-driven, and prescient of a future none of us wants and all of us fear. What would it be like to be among the last truly safe people on an unsafe earth? Speculative fiction is not usually my first choice but I had the privilege of reading drafts of The Ark from its inception, and I found the published work (which also comes as an interactive app) a fascinating and compel [...]

    18. This is a remarkably engaging and well-written story. The format is unusual -- a series of emails and other electronic messages sent by the various characters. however, this bold choice of an unusual format is one of the novel's strengths. The use of different fonts, borders, and other formatting helps establish the setting and lend to the feeling that the reader really is reading an archive of communiques from a post-apocalyptic future. The characters, plot, and setting all come together very w [...]

    19. Annabel Smith has created a disturbingly plausible world in her latest novel, The Ark, which is set later this century in a post peak oil Australia. An underground bunker, aka the Ark, has been established to preserve five billion seed specimens. As violence and lawlessness (known in the book as the Chaos) increase, 26 people consisting of Ark employees and their immediate families, are locked in the bunker to protect themselves and the seeds in their care.While The Ark is dystopian in nature, i [...]

    20. Firstly, everyone is talking about this novel. And so they should. Independent, multimedia, multiplatform, it’s most certainly something new. It simultaneously paints a glimpse of a very convincing future for humanity while also unveiling the future of the ebook. Resource shortages and social breakdown until the day the Earth’s servers all, finally, blink off – rendered in a new, digital imagining of literature. This is the future; wake up and smell the data.Full review here: leatherboundp [...]

    21. An interesting read. I'm in two minds as to whether I enjoyed it or not. The story was easy enough to follow and makes you think 'could life really be like this in the future'. I wasn't a huge fan of the different types of texts used, email conversation formats etc. Hmmmmill undecided!

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