In the year 2044, Mya Brand lives in New York City and pursues her passion—trying to digitally save the life story of every human on the planet before climate change makes Earth un-liveable. Recovering from a failed marriage, she stays laser-focused on her mission. With support from her actress best friend and bartender buddy, she is rebuilding her life and trying to heal her hard shell.
Fraught with daily hardships of survival in the face of climate change, she struggles to obtain food, maintain resources and protect her delicate skin from the harmful rays of the sun. With little funding for her digital archiving project, she struggles to keep her dreams going, but wonders how much more she could accomplish if she had more resources.
Then, one day she is abducted by an eco-survivalist community— Ark— that promises to make her dreams come true.
Finally able to focus on her mission, she begins to thrive in her new, sheltered, life. Gone are the hardships she faced from the outside world and climate change. Gone are her money struggles.
But Ark proves not to be the utopia she expects.
#InArk joins a new genre of literature called cli-fi (climate change fiction). Devaney wrote this book with a female audience in mind, and wanted to appeal to women who enjoy science fiction. She was inspired to write the book by seeing the success won by E.L. James self-publishing her '50 Shades of Grey' first as an ebook. Other inspiration was 'The Hunger Games', as Devaney wanted to do for climate change what Suzanne Collins did for war -- make people understand, and care about these horrible threats.
Emma Harrison, writer, journalist and English literature graduate of Cambridge University: “In these times of environmental catastrophe, Lisa Devaney conjures up a near-future dystopia which feels all too likely to be realised. Wonderfully original in its ideas – read this to glimpse the future, if you dare!”
Andrew Christison, Information Systems Manager: “I really enjoyed this original near-future dystopian speculative fiction. The characters and scenario really draw you in and I’d love to read more.”
Rebecca Loughlin, Early Years Educator: “Great book! A mixture between The Hunger Games and The Host. Can’t wait to see what happens next.”
Monica Wanat, Editor: “Lisa Devaney’s debut novel follows the dark, futuristic tradition established by Blade Runner and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale – without being fan fiction of either. This novel creates its own unique world, characters, and issues and reveals the promise of this new author.”
Joe Follansbee, writer and journalist: “in Ark shows that even the most benign ideology, in this case, living “sustainably” in isolation from the dominant culture, is as insidious and hypocritical as any malignant set of ideas. In Ark serves as a warning to a society that faces serious dangers as the climate changes. We won’t find answers by withdrawing into a cocoon of dogma.”