Invasive

Invasive

Book - 2016
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"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.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062351579
Branch Call Number: F WEN
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 24 cm

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cottageunderh
Aug 16, 2017

Holy crazy cow, Batman. This book was crazy good. And that's besides the freaky ant drawings crawling all over the pages in the book. Nessa has formication: the sensation that ants or other insects are crawling on one's skin. Yeah. I haven't read a good science fiction Crichton-esk book since well, Crichton. And this is book 2! How did I miss reading book 1!?! So guess what, that is next on my reading list. Thanks Goodreads. I would tell you more about this book but that would ruin it. So read it now before all the bugs wake up for Spring time. Go. Now. Before it gets really buggy out there...

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H228946260
Mar 05, 2017

Somewhat entertaining, but solely based on a crude misrepresentation of how GMOs are created. You can't just "slice&dice" genomes into a new species.

Also, I found basically everything in this book predictable to the extreme. And the characters are neither likeable nor edgy.

Nevertheless, it was okay to read in the same way you watch a silly action movie - just turn your brain off and enjoy the ride.

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jac444
Dec 16, 2016

“Invasive” by Chuck Wendig is one of the weird futuristic novels I indulge in from time to time. No space craft end aliens. These tales are about this earth and the future for it and its inhabitants. The grey-bearded author has written many best-selling novels and is an interesting character who lives in the Pennsylvania countryside.
The invasive species which feature here are genetically modified ants which combine traits from marauder ants, harvesters, leafcutters, plus genes for super fertility. They are attracted to warm blooded creatures because or their need for candida albicans. Having injected their deadly poison, like leafcutters, they rip tiny pieces of flesh off a body, and take it back to their nest, to remove the candida at their leisure. Genius scientists are involved – and one or two are somewhat mad. Added to which the genius owner of the company, an Icelandic billionaire (think Elon Musk), whose motives were never clear to me. He certainly wants to cleanse the world of humans, who he regards as the greatest threat to global survival, but wants to ensure his own survival.
Chief character is Hannah Stander, an FBI investigator and futurist, whose TED talks are well known. (Another super-smart female hero). The action ranges from NE USA, to Arizona, and an impossibly advanced biological laboratory on isolated island on the west end of the Hawaiian chain. It is a hair-raising story which I found quite compelling. (Harper Voyager 2016).

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zipread
Nov 13, 2016

Invasive. by. Chuck Wendig.
Now here's a plot that the movie makers could make into the kind of flick that would scare the livin' bejees out of half the audience. It's got all the right ingredients: genetically engineered super ants that love to tear the skin of their victims; Hawaiian island overwhelmed by these insect monsters; mad scientists; and a heroine who gets all the bad guys and sets the world on the path to redemption.
No car chase scenes; no exploding airplanes --- nothing like that.
But still the story works: it gets you hooked straight away (not like some books that drag and draw you along); and then it just tears along with the plot.
I could'nt put the book down. It even kept me up at night reading it. And that' a good thing.
Not much character development or all those other high falootin' things my English teacher kept on about.
Just intense, riveting and engrossing.
Good for reading under the blanket with a flashlight.

AL_LARISSA Oct 16, 2016

I highly recommend this book to the sci-fi geeks who love crazy technological advances. A mix of mystery and adventure will take you to new heights that you probably have never seen before.

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JackPurcell
Oct 07, 2016

A tolerably entertaining read if you skip past the page-filler flashbacks lasting several pages and not contributing anything to the plot, and the dreams told endlessly in loving detail as a continuation of the story in the wrong direction, until she awakens.

Annoying.... but you can skip those and come out with an entertaining [much shorter read].

This book was crap

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