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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Noah's Ark by Jay DeMaarten is a dystopian novel that transports readers into the Queer Nation. The LGBT population made up a majority of this society, while heterosexuals were demeaned and called breeders. Under these circumstances, Milan struggled with his attraction toward Susanne, a heterosexual woman. The combination of his confusion and the shame of possibly being a heterosexual was tearing him apart inside. So, in his quest for answers, he decided to visit Arktown, the rural community of heterosexuals. However, Arktown and its religious fanatics filled his brain with even more questions. The rate at which women were losing their fertility was mind-boggling. On top of that, a mesmerizing politician named Phoenix was making promises to bring in a new era that would put an end to gender discrimination. As the political and religious conflicts morphed into violent attacks on Arktown, Milan found himself in the middle of the chaos.
It is ironic how the story of a world where the LGBT community thrives and heterosexuals are considered nothing more than unwanted elements elicits a new wave of empathy for the LGBT cause. The extremists in the Queer Nation behaved the same way as certain fanatic heterosexuals do today. Noah's Ark is filled with thought-provoking dialogues. Milan's dilemma to choose between LGBT extremists and religious fanatics reflects in this one monologue: "One had political power; the other had religious conviction. Both predicted destruction for those who did not join them. Which was right?" Other than plenty of insightful and eye-opening moments, Noah's Ark grips its audience with exhilarating twists. Readers with an inclination toward intoxicating dystopian novels will find Noah's Ark by Jay DeMaarten a page-turner.