"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.
©2016 Chuck Wendig (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Gadget Geek/Bug Guy
Chuck Wendig has struck entomological gold here. Lock in and listen to this excellent scifi thriller that will make you want to pay more attention to those little critters around you. Wendig has a unique writing style in that the story is first person perspective written in third person language. Xe Sands does an excellent job reading the story and I'm now going to look for more by her thanks to discovering her voice and style with this book. I'll admit I have a large biased for stories with genetics and you throw in insects and you've got me hooked. BUT if you get too much science wrong I'll not enjoy the story. So when I say this was fun from beginning to end, know that the science presented is researched enough to make it plausible and enjoyable. As for the story, well Wendig is really good at drawing you in and taking you on a ride. I won't give away anything, because I think it's best to jump in a discover it on your own. I will say if you have read Zer0es you'll enjoy the cameos, but this book can stand all on its own for anyone who hasn't read anything by the author before.
So yes, well worth the credit and time! Enjoy!!!
Loved this story, filled with realistic science horrors!
Swarming ants in your pants and eating your skin off, ekk!
Not recommended for nighttime light reading..
Invasive definitely isn't the best audiobook I've listened to, but it's a solid thriller. The third act sort of drags on, but it held my interest even listening to it in a single 16 hour road trip session.
The descriptions were extremely detailed.
In general, she did, but many of the male characters were hard to tell apart. I found that there were a number of sections that ended in a mumble that I couldn't quite understand.
It's extremely gory, but not gratuitously.
"Very engaging kept driving extra to keep listening"
Yes. Compelling, well paced story, but largest reason I would listen to it again is Xe Sands does a phenomenal job narrating the story. Felt like sitting around a campfire listening to someone tell a tale of legend and years gone by.
Ez Choi. For a somewhat minor character she had a lot of depth, seemed very real.
When Ez Choi is attacked in her lab. I liked the idea of the lab 'villan' the OBT being her savior.
Small creatures, big terror.
Must have audio book. This book would be a great read for anyone. But, it was made even better through the narration of Xe Sands. Perfect pairing of art and performer. She took the already compelling story and characters to another level.
"It was ok,"
It had an interisting concept to it, somewhat. a decent sort of mystery, though falls into the trap of "Technical authority" going out to investigate and arrest people when they arent police or any sort of official like that. The "genetically engineered monster' (not your standard syfy channel type, and rather interesting actually) fails in places, especially when someone like me could think up several species that could do the job better without as much genetic modification.
The main character is... I dont know. Im unsure if she was written to be liked or not, but largely comes off as annoying and unlikable, she is suppose to be some "Female in charge" but is a panicky mess prone to wild mental breakdowns from past trauma that in the scope of things, isnt that horrible. not to diminish what happened, but people have had worse and are fine from it. So im not sure what the author wants me to feel about her. Other characters were good, and wouldnt mind seeing more about them, but the heroine just was not worth a story.
No. its an interesting mystery, but it just ends up lacking in the end.
maybe a c-grade syfy channel movie thats shown late at nigh.
This is a good story, if a little formulaic. I liked that the hero is a level headed woman. The genetically engineered insect as villainous weapon is great. The ants are even named appropriately! There are some serious plot holes, where normal suspension of disbelief is untenable. Like most of these stories, it always goes 3 chapters too long, with more action following what should have been the conclusion. And there is a lot of filler (how many times do we need to know that the characters ate protein bars made of crickets? And why are they constantly eating? And where are they going to the bathroom?) This reminded me of some of Lincoln Childs and Douglas Preston's earlier books, in a good way. I would listen to another of this woman's adventures.
"Solid sequel, full of creepy crawlies"
(3.5 stars) Another exciting mix of science fiction with thriller, near future and fast-paced. Wendig does a nice job with a female POV character, enough detail to maker her interesting and well-rounded. He shirks a bit with supporting characters, but the nature of the book makes such short-comings minor. In short, well-written entertainment with enough intelligence to keep a reader engrossed.
"Not bad, but not my favorite"
If you want to know 36 ways to describe a body without skin on it, this is the book for you. If not, maybe give this one a pass.
The plot was engaging. The characters were pretty 3D. The main character was interesting and well developed, and though I was pulling for her to win, I never felt a strong emotional connection to her. Not sure if it's the format, the performance, or the writing itself at fault.
This book is very gory, and frankly, just not my style, though I do enjoy reading the author's blog, which is why I picked up this book to begin with.
"The narrator ruined this for me"
The narrator sounded so weak, swallowing the ends of the words, almost bored. Maybe she was trying to sound jaded and hard? but failing. Not at all matching the fire of the protagonist. It sounded like a fun story; I wouldn't know. Couldn't finish.
"interesting and atmospheric"
my first of this authors books, an interesting perspective on the science of genetic manipulation and it's bearing on the future. protagonist is well sculpted and it's easy to care about the her outcome. the resolution is satisfying and has the feel of cold reality. recommended!
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