Remember having a Venus Fly Trap as a kid and watching it catch flies? That was one thing, but the Venus Fly Traps and other plants in SPECIMEN 313 might be related, but these greenhouse plants have been developed by Dr. Prethorius in his greenhouse laboratory, and they're human-size plants and they don't eat flies anymore. They eat humans.
The plants can think and communicate with each other, too. Max, Specimen 278, hasn't been feeling quite up to par lately. He would rather be outside in the sun instead of in the greenhouse. But he's trapped in there and might as well make the best of it. Sometimes when a plant was sick, Prethorius came with a shovel and took the plant out, set it in the corner and let it suffer until it was dead. Max was afraid he might face that fate one day, and wished he could talk to Dr. Prethorius, but the plants couldn't talk to humans.
There was one plant who wasn't carnivorous, and he had beautiful flowers on him. He met the fate of the shovel, but after he was gone, another plant was brought in and planted beside Max and he felt better. This was Specimen 313 or Jenny as Max called her. He finally had a friend to communicate with, and they became good friends as time passed.
This is by no means the end of the story. The story takes off from here with some fairly gruesome scenes. These plants mean business.
It's a very unusual story and is a well-written story and certainly kept my attention right up to the end. This is one of those stories that once you start to read it, you're hooked into it until the end. I liked it quite a lot.