Monday, June 2, 2014

Forty Nights (Neima's Arc #2) by Stephanie Parent

Neima, her family, and her grandfather Noah have found themselves trapped aboard an ark as a great flood destroys all life in the world. As their time aboard the ark lengthens, food begins to run out, wild animals grow restless, and family tensions become as much of a threat as the flood outside. In the second and final installment of Neima’s Ark, the stakes are higher, the conflicts are greater, and Neima finds herself facing a choice as impossible as the destruction all around her.

Forty Nights is a continuation of the story begun in Forty Days, and it’s recommended that you read Forty Days first for the best experience. Forty Nights does, however, contain a character guide to refresh readers’ memories. The Neima’s Ark series is a historical, feminist reimagining of the story of Noah’s Ark rather than a religiously oriented one, and the novels are best suited for readers who are comfortable with new interpretations of biblical stories.

First line:
I look from one face to another - from my father to Ham to Japheth, Kennan to Jorin, and finally to Grandfather Noah himself - but the lamplight is too insubstantial, the darkness too deep for me to make out their expressions.
ARC from author
4 stars out of 5
Neima's Ark is an imaginative retelling of Noah's Ark from the POV of Noah's granddaughter, Neima. She struggles to understand her grandfather, who seems insane. She also fights against her betrothal to her cousin Kenaan because she's in love with another boy. It's a good book if you don't mind if it's Biblically accurate. Both books are short quick reads. I liked the ending, though I am curious to see what happened to the others.

If you're looking for a fast-paced short re-imagining of a classic Bible story, this series is a good place to start.

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