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“Fast-paced action adventure with a speculative scientific edge…this debut thriller effectively combines bone-chomping, blood-spurting action-adventure mayhem with intriguing (if improbable) scientific speculation.”—Library Journal
“A perfect read for poolside this summer…Fragment closely follows the patented Michael Crichton style.”—Booklist
“Showcases the talents of a new novelist with a flair for forward-charging narrative. The details seem brilliantly researched, and the observations could be those of a sharp-minded student of biology.”—Dallas Morning News
- Publisher : Delacorte Press; First Edition (June 16, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553807536
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553807530
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 1.29 x 9.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The idea is a reality show finds an island that has been isolated from the rest of the earth for about half a billion years. And the island's ecosystem has developed into a eat or be eaten system. In other words, the creatures on this island make the deadliest animals from the rest of the planet look like puppies. Picture mantis shrimp if they were REALLY dangerous.
The book is interesting and slightly scary but I have to take away a point for the villain. Yeah, and I mean villain. The bad guy could have worn a cape and stovepipe hat he was so over the top. If he had been removed and replaced with more paragraphs on how dangerous introducing any of these island creatures into the Earth ecosystem was that would have been welcomed. So four out of five stars.
I have decided it is my favorite book. It's compelling with characters you can root for or hate because of relevant reasons. I've never hated a character as much as Thatcher in all of the media I have consumed. He was fundamentally opposed to everything I hold dear in real life. His actions struck me to my core.
I felt connected to the main characters and had to take breaks while reading because I had to calm down because of the things that were happening to them. It felt real to me. I was there. I really cared about what was happening to them as much as I would care for a friend.
If you are into STEM, you will LOVE this book. The scientific details and thoughtfulness of aspects of the book were fascinating and described beautifully. The scientific arguments are beautiful and groundbreaking. It feels like the writer might be a scientist with radical views in real life because of the intricacy of everything.
This is the kind of book I'm buying for my friends and family for gifts. Everyone, no matter what background of knowledge they possess, should read this book. They should require it in coursework. If I had read this in high school it would have altered the trajectory of my later schooling.
So if you are thinking about it and you have money, just buy the damn book.
The Creatures that you'll encounter on the island, as you go on this adventure of a lifetime, are amazingly fleshed out and horrifying in appearance. Once you set foot on the island, you might never leave. Henders Island is waiting for you. And, it's inhabitants are insatiably Hungry for Flesh and Blood.
This book is Jurassic Park on steroids. The CREATURES in this novel would eat the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park and be ready for more. Warren Fahy manages to bring forth a masterpiece of fast paced storytelling which will suck you in and won't let up until the last page. I couldn't put this book down and I believe that you won't be able to either. So, pick up FRAGMENT and read it...If You Dare.
Then Check out Warren Fahy's next horrifying adventure; PANDEMONIUM, which picks up after the events that took place in FRAGMENT.
Fragment: A Novel
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The author also presents us with a new specie that relates to us on our own level and presents us with a picture of how we might relate to it at first with hostility
A "Reality-TV" nature documentary crew sailing the Pacific in search of material to film suddenly pick up an automated distress call coming from a remote island that has only been landed upon once, over 200 years ago. Taking the opportunity to explore the island once the shipwreck has been located, the documentary crew find that the island is inhabited by strange and horrific creatures of several previously-unknown, ancient, or bizarre evolutionary paths. All of these creatures struggle to survive in a constant, whirling, predatory bloodbath, and will not only eat anything or anyone that get in their way, but also reproduce like wildfire. Scientific expeditions soon follow, under the ostensible protection of a U.S. military quarantine. It is soon discovered that if any of these creatures were to make it off the island, life on Earth could be dealt one of the worst extinction events since the Late Cretaceous. The decision must be made: to preserve the unique and prehistoric ecosystem of this remote island, or to destroy it before it has the chance to destroy us and everything else.
Mixing adventure, horror, hard and theoretical science, homages, sci-fi, intrigue, satire, and just a tiny amount of romance, I would say this is one of my favourite books in the last couple of years. Yeah, it ain't perfect, but I found it to be extremely enjoyable. While it has elements seen in several other works of fiction (Peter Jackson's remake of "King Kong," for example), "Fragment" packs a lot more actual science directly into the story than most, which not only doesn't bog down the plot, but actually enhances one's understanding of the story and adds to the wonder of the ecosystem of Hender's Island. The writing is top-notch, the pacing very good (you can't have non-stop action all the time, folks, you need a bit of exposition now and again), and the science apparently fairly well-researched. (I've worked in water pollution, terrestrial invertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians rather than in island ecosystems or marine biology, so most of this stuff is out of my fields of expertise, but it all LOOKS good on paper.) So if you liked the modern "King Kong," the "Jurassic Park" series, The Quintaglio Ascension, "The Lost World," and other such stories, I'm fairly confident you'll get a massive kick out of "Fragment."
Not quite lost meets Jurassic park as advertised.
It's more Darwin meets the uninhabitated by humans. But great fun. Would make an excellent film actually.
Nell Duckworth and Geoffrey Binswanger are two very decent characters. The film if money was spent on it would make a great visual spectacle.
It's original & it's clever!
Fast paced and terrifying!
Not monsters but well designed creatures
That really work and feel like they could exist!
Features some of the most original and terrifying creature concepts since the xenomorph from Alien!
Cannot wait to see this turned into a movie!