Fragment

Fragment

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In this powerhouse of suspense--as brilliantly imagined asJurassic ParkandThe Ruins--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 theTrident,a long-range research vessel hired by the reality TV showSealife.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 forhalf 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. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780553807530
0553807536
Branch Call Number: F FAH

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PimaLib_ScottM May 13, 2017

A bit slow to start but once it picks up it keeps on going

FindingJane Jun 22, 2015

“Fragment” is a terrifying scare ride, one that jolts and sinks icy claws of fear into you from the first chapter and never really lets go. Scientific theories and jargon litter the book and may make for slow reading in spots. However, they lead into absorbing action sequences and philosophical debate, both of which are equally compelling. When a moral dilemma rears its ugly head, the solution isn’t so cut and dried.

This novel is the kind that could lead to fierce debate among readers, which makes it the best type of scientific thriller there is—one that resonates long after you’ve read the final page.

QueenBoadicea Jun 22, 2015

“Fragment” is a terrifying scare ride, one that jolts and sinks icy claws of fear into you from the first chapter and never really lets go. Scientific theories and jargon litter the book and may make for slow reading in spots. However, they lead into absorbing action sequences and philosophical debate, both of which are equally compelling. When a moral dilemma rears its ugly head, the solution isn’t so cut and dried.

This novel is the kind that could lead to fierce debate among readers, which makes it the best type of scientific thriller there is—one that resonates long after you’ve read the final page.

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Hershey12
Oct 01, 2014

Loved it - a fun and interesting read. Will read again

echo3abc Apr 12, 2013

This book is a really fun read. If you are a fan of Jurrasic Park I think you'll really enjoy it. The only thing I didn't like is how lengthy the scientific dialogue between characters can be. I'm a geek, but I found that it was almost too much information at times, and I wanted to get back to the storyline. It's worth reading, the premise is unique, and it's a fun adventurous ride!

BeccaBB Oct 01, 2012

This book switches between periods of frenzied action and times of longwinded lectures. I don’t mind a little real science in my books but there were times in the book when we are literally listening to someone give a lecture and other times when certain things are being explained that tend to get long and sometimes get rather technical and then slip into boring and made me lose interest. And although much of the information provided does have something to do with the plot it is minimal in most cases and far more in-depth then it needed to be so wading through all this information was not necessary or rewarded in any way. And then we would be thrown into a scene of extreme violence where death and mayhem are everywhere and everyone and everything is fighting for their life. There are long scenes of people fleeing, bumping into one terror after the other that also starts to get boring after a while. Some of the scenes just go on too long. The danger is so constant and so violent and so much that it becomes hard to believe it is possible. In fairness to the book I think that was part of the point, that this ecosystem is completely different from anything else on earth and far from anything anyone could imagine but you really have to be willing to suspend your disbelief for this concept to work. The characters are hard to keep track of because they are not very well developed and some of them become interchangeable and so when the romance shows up it doesn’t add anything and seems almost out of place. And because the book goes from extreme to extreme so abruptly there is a lack of flow; there is a disconnect between the science and the action so they never really work well together. There are some great descriptions of the creatures and the drawings in the back are fun too. There are plenty of monsters and monster fights to keep any creature feature lover happy. It is a fast read that can be an adventure that you don’t have to think about too much. Unfortunately the surprise at the end is not much of a surprise and it does not have the bang that the tension and action of the rest of the book seems to promise.

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Pawnder
Feb 16, 2011

Good novel. I gave it 4 stars. If you like wierd monsters eating interesting character sicentists, then this is your book. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars was the ending.

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sdujardin
Dec 05, 2009

I was reluctant when I read the dust jacket about this being another Jurassic Park - but it isn't. In many ways this is more sci-fi than that book - but I enjoyed it. My problem with many novels is an unsatisfying ending. This one does have the typical over-the-top cliffhanger that I am not crazy about, but I liked it well enough to get to the end, and I will remember it.

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Calibre3141
Mar 27, 2013

When the floating reality tv show SeaLife receives a distress beacon coming from a remote island, it looks like their ratings are going to improve. Henders Island has not been visited since the 1700s, and the scientists aboard the Trident are excited at the possible new species they could find. Unfortunately, the species aren’t as benign as they thought.

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