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Fragment: A Novel by Warren Fahy
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Fragment: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Warren Fahy (Author)

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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.
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Title:Fragment: A Novel
Authors:Warren Fahy (Author)
Info:Dell (2010), 528 pages
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The premise of Warren Fahy's novel is not especially original: far out in the south Pacific, an island is discovered that harbors strange and unique forms of life. Cut off from virtually all biological contact with the outside world, what evolved was the most lethal ecosystem on the planet, where every living being, plant and animal, is hostile. Drawn to the island by an emergency beacon from an abandoned sailboat, the crew of a research ship has a quick and lethal encounter with some of the island’s inhabitants, prompting a naval quarantine and full-scale scientific expedition that uncovers many of the island’s mysteries – and illustrates the threat they could pose to the world.

When reading the novel, it soon becomes clear that Fahy has put a considerable amount of thought into developing the natives of his own little lost world. The environment he envisions is nothing short of terrifying, and the chapters in which the island is explored are easily the best of the book. Unfortunately, the rest of the book does not receive the same degree of thought and attention, with two-dimensional characters (including a Bad Guy verging on the cartoonish), predictable plot developments, and an ending with all of the originality of a Hollywood-cloned sequel. While Fahy does entertain, readers seeking quality plots and writing would do better to pick up another book instead. ( )
  MacDad | Mar 27, 2020 |
A fantastic tale of a violent island ecosystem that threatens the integrity of existing ecosystems across the world. Well-written with believable characters, and wonderfully imaginative life forms. ( )
  WingedWolf | Jun 6, 2019 |
Where to begin. First of all, I'm so glad I got this for free. Second, I'm now wondering if the publisher waited for [a:Michael Crichton|5194|Michael Crichton|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1189723729p2/5194.jpg] to die before calling this [b:Jurassic Park|452196|Jurassic Park|Michael Crichton|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1174886474s/452196.jpg|3376836]-like because that is just flat-out blasphemy. JP was a lightning-in-a-bottle masterpiece (you can tell because Crichton's attempt at recapturing that magic ([b:The Lost World|8650|The Lost World|Michael Crichton|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1210660231s/8650.jpg|1212784]) failed miserably). This is anything but.....

Onto [b:Fragment|1519|The Oresteia Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers & The Eumenides|Aeschylus|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41bHbapXNOL._SL75_.jpg|2378]. [a:Warren Fahy|2622192|Warren Fahy|http://www.goodreads.com/images/nophoto/nophoto-U-50x66.jpg], you did research for this book. Good for you. Most authors do. There's no need to beat me over the head with random facts that fit your story. I'm not reading an eco-biology textbook. Not even [a:Tom Clancy|3892|Tom Clancy|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1175466521p2/3892.jpg] can bore me this much with facts and his 800 page books are 750 pages of set-up and military paraphernalia and 50 pages of action. Also, are you hoping not to have to do any Christmas shopping in the future because all the trademarked names you drop in the book will give you free swag? I swear, one paragraph, literally, had a cameraman put on his Banana Republic boxers, JCrew socks, Lucky Brand jeans, Coach belt, Polo sweater, Nike sneakers, and Hugo Boss jacket. Was I reading a novel or shopping from a catalogue?

Onto the plot/story. It was.....okay, at best. In suspense/horror novels that are page-turners, the people are in constant danger and you feel for their safety/well-being. You speed through the pages to see if they make it out of a tight situation. In this, the creatures were SO lethal, the humans all died in seconds (less than a paragraph) and those left were placed in, what felt like, danger-free situations. Like, for the rest of the book I wasn't worried about anyone being in danger. Or if they got into danger, they were slaughtered before you could take a sip of tea while reading. In the same vein, there were about 900 characters, three new ones seemingly introduced per page, and they all had plain names like Joe, Bob, and Nell. So when Pete is alive on page 250 and I'm surprised he's not dead, it's because PAUL had been eaten alive in 3 sentences on page 2 and I got confused. It's hard to get concerned about a character when they all blend together. Except the unnecessarily evil/homicidal scientist who just wanted fame and fortune. He stood out from the rest because he was TOTALLY unbelievable.

I can go on, but I'll just finish with: This Book Sucked. Do Not Read.

PS - I received this for free through the Goodreads' "First-Reads" book giveaway. ( )
  writertomg | Sep 6, 2017 |
A Crichton-esque thriller, perfect for the beach. Completely formulaic but sprinkled with enough real science and technology to hold your attention without being so fantastic as to be unbelievable. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Fahy's novel explores the concepts of sexual reproduction and evolution in this entertaining thrill ride of a novel which finds a reality television show and crew finding a supposedly deserted island. However, the island is teeming with predators that have evolved into bizarre lifeforms. Soon the government is involved, with some wanting to nuke the site from orbit and some wanting to study the creatures for scientific posterity. Though its not the best book in terms of story, you will get caught up in it until the very end, so I would definitely recommend it for casual reading. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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Written by first-time author Warren Fahy, Fragment is being marketed by Bantam as the next Jurassic Park. You can see why - it's packed with hard science factoids, nonstop action, flesh eating monsters who would give Guillermo Del Toro nightmares, and characters as wooden as the trees slaughtered to mass market this book. I don't mean this as criticism exactly. The novel does exactly what it sets out to do: tell a rip-roaring yarn, and teach you some real science in the process. No, it's not a literary masterpiece. But you'll have fun while you're reading it.
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'Anihinihi ke ola. (Life is in a precarious position.)
— Ancient Hawaiian saying
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Captain, Mister Grafton is attempting to put a man ashore, sir.
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Aboard a long-range research vessel, in the vast reaches of the South Pacific, the cast and crew of the reality show Sealife believe they have found a ratings bonanza. For a director dying for drama, a distress call from Henders Island -- a mere blip on any radar -- might be just the ticket. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders -- and the ultimate test of survival begins.

For when they reach the island's shores, the 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; this is Earth as it might have looked after evolving on a separate path for half a billion years -- a fragment of a lost continent, with an ecosystem that could topple ours like a house of cards.
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