Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fragment by Warren Fahy

Fragment is a remarkable scientific thriller and an action packed adventure story that asks the question: What path would evolution take if a small island were isolated from other landmasses for millions of years? Warren Fahy makes the fantastic so believable you'll think you're reading non-fiction.

Sealife is a reality TV show filmed aboard the Trident, a research vessel. The participants are a group of young scientists who were promised a year long voyage guaranteed to bring them into contact with the most remote and exotic places on Earth. But the trip is not living up to its promise and the crew is getting bored. Botanist, Nell Duckworth, is anxious to explore the remote Henders island. The producer refuses until they intercept an emergency beacon coming from the island. It promises a little drama, just what the show needs to raise the ratings. A landing party is dispatched and suddenly the odyssey turns into a fight for survival of the fittest.

Fahy's story is plot driven; the characters are not so well developed. But the plot is awesome. concepts of evolution and the mechanics of natural biology It gives new life to the themes of a lost world and surviving prehistoric animals. Here the premise is the mechanics of evolution, not man's interference and Fahy has created a complex ecosystem that is extremely detailed. His creations are exotic and memorable, especially the eight-legged spigers who are twice the size of tigers and much more dangerous. There is a fair amount of violence and gore. The story moves along relentlessly in spite of a number of scientific lectures. Some of the scientific lingo and rock climbing terms may be unfamiliar, everything is explained in painstaking detail, but the suspense and powerful plot will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (June 16, 2009)

ISBN: 978-0-553-80753-0

Hardcover: 384 Pages

Price: $25.00

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