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
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
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
Shai turns toward the cage and says, “The other dove—he’s rejected Aliye, hasn’t he? We can’t put her back in that cage now. We kept them apart for too long.”
“Yes, I—I think so.” I have the sick feeling that we’ve stepped beyond our place somehow, taking these animals, separating and pairing them off, keeping them caged here. We do not own these creatures, don’t control them even if we try to—certainly we can’t control the tigers, the jackals, the wolves. Look what’s happened when we’ve tried to interfere in the lives of just two little birds.
Another thought, less fully formed, tugs at the edges of my consciousness and leaves me feeling even sicker: isn’t this ark really one large, none-too-sturdy cage? And that question leads to another, more unsettling one: If the ark is a cage, just how much longer can its bars hold us all together? How long before, within its walls, we tear ourselves apart?
THE NEIMA’S ARK SERIES:
Parent takes a story I would have immediately shrugged off and turned it into a
story with a surprising amount of reality and despite being religious based is
not at all religious. Stephanie somehow created a paradox… When I think of a
word to describe this story I think, layers.
The tension is extremely layered. We get internal tension among the
characters, tension relating to the animals, and tension from the storming
raging outside. It’s not even supernatural elements, it’s all practical points
like food and animal needs. The characters are also well defined and fleshed
is slow and imperfect, but it’s realistic and believable. I can honestly say
that this love story is one of if not the best one I’ve read so far…a very
thrilling read full of some great twists…[the ending] was everything I could
have asked for and more, it was a perfect ending to an imperfectly perfect
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