An entomologist, seeking to understand how ants communicate, goes to Namibia searching for her long-lost mentor. She finds what she seeks, but is then faced with a question that she cannot answer. It's a story of one person's hunt for the truth. An 'old school' work of science fiction, it questions our homocentric view of the universe and our place in it.
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For me, the best kind of novel is always one which entertains while educating. Striking the right balance between the two is a difficult balancing act: too much information and the book begins to sound too preachy and the story suffers, too little information and the reader can be left feeling uninformed . and the story suffers. Pat Whitaker's Antithesis strikes the perfect balance between the two. He allows the story of Juliet and her search through Namibia for the secrets of long vanished Professor Makel to slowly reveal itself, while giving the reader a fantastic grounding in the everyday lives of both the entomologist Juliet and the ants she is so obviously devoted to understanding. Pat has a very distinctive style to his writing. His minimalist descriptions and scene-setting could leave readers more used to highly detailed prose wanting, but he more than makes up for this with his characters' interesting and detailed dialogues, and a story that slowly unravels to a quite stunning revelation. On the surface, Antithesis is a great sci-fi adventure story based solidly in hard-science that Whitaker has obviously painstakingly researched. But at its heart, it is a clear warning to science and humanity in general to be very careful what it meddles with. However you choose to interpret Antithesis, one thing is certain; by the time you finish the book I can guarantee that you will never look at the humble ant in quite the same way again.