“Think Thomas Harris’ Will Graham and Clarice Starling rolled into one and pitched on the knife’s edge of a scenario that makes Jurassic Park look like a carnival ride. Another rip-roaring, deeply paranoid thriller about the reasons to fear the future.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Hannah Stander is a consultant for the FBI—a futurist who helps the Agency with cases that feature demonstrations of bleeding-edge technology. It’s her job to help them identify unforeseen threats: hackers, AIs, genetic modification, anything that in the wrong hands could harm the homeland.
Hannah is in an airport, waiting to board a flight home to see her family, when she receives a call from Agent Hollis Copper. “I’ve got a cabin full of over a thousand dead bodies,” he tells her. Whether those bodies are all human, he doesn’t say.
What Hannah finds is a horrifying murder that points to the impossible—someone weaponizing the natural world in a most unnatural way. Discovering who—and why—will take her on a terrifying chase from the Arizona deserts to the secret island laboratory of a billionaire inventor/philanthropist. Hannah knows there are a million ways the world can end, but she just might be facing one she could never have predicted—a new threat both ancient and cutting-edge that could wipe humanity off the earth.
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About the Author
Chuck Wendig is the author of the Miriam Black thrillers (which begin with Blackbirds) and numerous other works across books, comics, games, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds.com. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Yes I bought this book and this is a real 5 star review. That said, I enjoyed every word of this creepy crawly book. The plot raced along, the characters were interestingly different, and the thriller was spiced with enough horror to make you fear the insect world we humans are a very small part of. The facts alone about genetics and ants still make me shudder when pondering that which is and the possibility how minor genetic 'tweaks' could have permanent planet altering consequences. My warning...never leave home without bug spray. Jp
Crawly. There are several scenes in this book that will haunt me for quite some time. It felt like a cheap shot, aiming right for the feels, but this book wasn't called 'A delightful excursion into Camp Cuddles.' I'm not sure I will forgive Mr. Wendig for planting those images, sensations, and fears in my head... But I will read more of his books.
I came for the bugs and stayed for the paranoia and action. Tons of fun!
Fantastic biological thriller. Very fun read.