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2.0 out of 5 stars Good beginning and middle, ruined by a stupid last act, 17 Oct 2009
This review is from: Fragment (Paperback)
This story begins well. It has a solid and fascinating premise - the discovery of a lost island with an ecosystem so invasive and advanced that it threatens all life on Earth. The characters are cliched cutouts, but the island itself is the real star, as the native ecosystem exhibits its bloody savagery, and the weird animals go on a killing spree.

It even manages to play around with some of the standard modern tropes - such as by having the environmentalist be the bad guy. But while it does manage to provide some interesting ethical arguments, they are presented clumsily, with no doubt as to which side the author is on. Still, twin threats of nuclear and ecological devastation successfully maintain tension until about two thirds of the way through, and I was enjoying it.

But then it is ruined, RUINED, by an absolutely STUPID ending. It veers off into a ridiculous and completely implausible tangent, which absolutely shatters any semblance of credibility. Suspension of disbelief was snapped completely, and I ended up rolling my eyes at the ridiculous implausibility of it all. There is only so much impossibility that a reader can be expected to accept, even in trashy sci-fi, and this ending goes much too far, and ends up being just stupid.

One of the worst endings to a book I have ever read. Such a shame, such a waste.
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