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Fragment by Warren Fahy

May 17th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: I got this as a Christmas gift

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: Delacorte Press

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Fragment by Warren Fahy

Description from scientists have made a startling discovery: a fragment of a lost continent, an island with an ecosystem unlike any they’ve seen before . . . an ecosystem that could topple ours like a house of cards.

The time is now. The place is the Trident, a long-range research vessel hired by the reality TV show Sealife. Aboard is a cast of ambitious young scientists. With a director dying for drama, tiny Henders Island might be just what the show needs. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders—and the ultimate test of survival begins . . .

For when they reach the island’s shores, scientists are utterly unprepared for what they find—creatures unlike any ever recorded in natural history. This is not a lost world frozen in time, an island of mutants, or a lab where science has gone mad: this is the Earth as it might have looked after evolving on a separate path for half a billion years.

Soon the scientists will stumble on something more shocking than anything humanity has ever encountered: because among the terrors of Henders Island, one life form defies any scientific theory—and must be saved at any cost.

The writing style at first seemed a little choppy to me but it quickly settled into a fast pace and enjoyable story.  It’s pretty unbelievable so you need to suspend reality and really just immerse yourself in the action.  I loved the concept of exploring a piece of land that has been untouched by the surrounding world for possibly millions of years and seeing what life would be like in that case.  It is kind of scary seeing these potential competitors to humans and every life form we are familiar with.  I did not care for the character development of the main scientist, Nell, and I really did not see the need to toss in the romance between her and another researcher.  That romance was so whirlwind and seemed to come out of the blue with no chemistry that it did not seem to serve any real purpose.  Other than that this is probably a good, quick summer read.

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