: Fragment: A Novel (): Warren Fahy: Books. Fragment: A Novel and millions of other books are available for instant access. view. Fragment (Random House, ), is a science-based thriller by bestselling author and screenwriter, Warren Fahy. The novel focuses on a crew of young. Riding the crest of a wave of hype proclaiming it the summer beach novel of (and if things go as I’m sure Warren Fahy’s agent intends, the summer.

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Wagner Support SF Reviews. Book cover design by Carlos Beltran 2nd. Riding the crest of a wave fay hype proclaiming it the summer beach novel of and if things go as I’m sure Warren Fahy’s agent intends, the summer blockbuster movie ofFragment is effectively summed up by the tagline on the UK edition’s cover: That Jurassic Park is now considered sufficiently retro that present-day audiences need their own refresh of the concept is one wzrren those things designed to make a gloomy gus like me feel exceedingly old.

But then, nothing can cheer me up when I’m gloomy quite like a smashing eaten-by-monsters story. Fragment enthusiastically delivers its share of awesome eaten-by-monsters moments.

Fiction Book Review: Fragment by Warren Fahy, Author . Delacorte $25 (p) ISBN

Its centerpiece, a chase scene in which three hapless humans on foot run for dear life pursued by roughly twenty million running, leaping, hopping, flying, and extremely hungry monsters, may wargen go down in eaten-by-monsters-story history. Seriously, the eaten-by-monsters stuff in this book? Fragment mops the floor with Jurassic Park in its best moments and puts it to shame completely when it comes to lending scientific plausibility to its premise.

On a broader level — say, on its merits as a novel overall — Fragmenf falls short of the hype, as heavily hyped entertainment often does.

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If only Fahy had given us something more than stock characters to invest ourselves in emotionally, I’d have been more willing to let the story’s visceral entertainment value — wzrren by any standard — sweep aside my critical nitpicks.

I will say that if the publishing industry has been frantic to find someone new to fill the late Michael Crichton’s shoes, it looks like they’ve found him in Warren Fahy.

Fagment better and for worse. The cinematic approach to novel writing that became Crichton’s calling card has been well mastered by Fahy. Fragment doesn’t have the narrative architecture of a novel so much as that of a movie. It fwhy the three-act structure of a screenplay. Loved acts one and two, but act three, not so much. Fahy doesn’t drop the ball or anything. It’s that he grips it a little too tightly.


As the novel rushes towards its big finish, Fahy just gives himself over body and soul fragmenh Hollywood blockbuster formula.

Even if Fahy has to whip out a deus ex machina to get us to A-OK. Now if you know all that going in, and it’s all you expect, fine, you’ll not be disappointed.

I tend to hold even potboiler novels to a higher standard than I do any old dumb movie.

Thing is, Fragment doesn’t deserve to be dismissed as a potboiler, if the preparation Fahy put into it is any mitigator. He’s up on his evolutionary biology.

In a country so full of anti-science sentiment that morons will actually sink millions into fake museums promoting creationism, Fahy’s willingness to write a popular novel that keeps the science in science fiction is enough for me to forgive him almost anything.

They’ll tell you the three criteria for any cool uncharted island: So not a desirable zip code for an uncharted island, people. This island, warrsn, is even less hospitable to unwary sailors and clueless tourists than the next island over, which frsgment be Cthulhu’s R’lyeh. Henders Island is a fragment of an archaean supercontinent that’s been isolated from the rest of the world for so long — think eons — that its indigenous life has evolved all on its own path.

And with extremely limited resources to work with, this is the freakiest, most savage ecosystem imaginable. The island’s bizarre menagerie of unique creatures — crazy little “ants” in the form awrren rolling discs; wargen with eight limbs, no proper skeleton, and stalked eyes; massive spider-like predators the size of tigers; and everything seemingly descended from fragemnt arthropods — are stupefyingly ferocious.

Everything eats everything on Henders. The only reason there’s life there at all is because its creatures are hermaphrodites that are constantly giving birth to live young that are themselves pregnant at birth! Cthulhu wouldn’t last ten minutes on Henders.

For an eaten-by-monsters story, Wraren has done an exhaustive amount of work in conceiving Henders’ lifeforms. The way he details how and why such life evolved in isolation rings true, at least to a reasonably well-read evolutionary layman like myself.

Fahy has one of his protagonists, Woods Hole biologist Geoffrey Binswanger, offer an interesting hypothesis connecting the life expectancy of species to their reproductive strategies, and this plays a role in the credibility of Fahy’s creatures. Even their one Achilles Heel, which I wqrren spoil, is given a convincing scientific basis. Everything’s great as long as Fahy has his beasties turning people and each other into red, squishy confetti.


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Good stuff for gorehounds here. Frankly, I didn’t really buy Fahy’s reasons for why Nell Duckworth, one of warren reality show’s only survivors, keeps going back to this terrifying tropical splatter circus, not just once, but twice. Where it all fizzles into Michael Bay-level tosh for me is in its final third.

The story gets a twist, which is not bad as far as it goes.

Fragment by Warren Fahy

But it shifts the tone of the book from aaah-we’re-being-eaten-by-monsters to warm-and-fuzzy, fravment by now you should know which of those you prefer. Fahy’s heroes are cool as long as their personalities are at the fore. But when Geoffrey and Nell go from being scientists in a crisis to simply being The Guy and The Girl in an action thriller, mundanity sets in.

When they get together, it’s entirely perfunctory — they’re only hooking up because The Guy and The Girl are expected to in Hollywood formula. Moreover, Fahy offers an arch-villain who is the definition of one dimensional. When he turns up, you know more or less what will happen, unless you’ve been living on a deserted South Pacific island yourself all your life. You know this arch-villain will do something archly villainous, our normally clever heroes will frament trust him so that fragmment can get away with it in the first fahh, and it will require a frenzied bit of damage control in the last 20 pages to make right.

Fragmentso full of imaginative surprises and grotesque pleasures in its first half, offers fewer and fewer of them even as the pacing shifts into high gear for the climax. Still, readers looking for an adrenalizing escapist roller coaster ride and don’t give a damn if it gets a bit bumpy will be very happy they lined up for this one.

If you enjoyed Jurassic Park the book, you’ll enjoy Fragment. If you enjoyed Jurassic Park the movie, you’ll really enjoy Fragment. And if you didn’t like Jurassic Park vragment that much except for that first T.

Rex scene, then a fragment of Fragment ought to do you just fine. Read up to around pageand you’re good.