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Invasive Species

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  191 ratings  ·  61 reviews
There can only be one dominant life form on Earth.

In the remote African wilderness, a rainforest is dying. But something else has come to life: A newly evolved predator that has survived the depredations of mankind, only to emerge from its natural habitat faster, stronger, and deadlier than anything humanity has ever faced.

And it is no longer man.

Paperback, 496 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Berkley
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Brenda Mantz
Joseph Wallace is a writer's writer. I knew that from the first few pages of Diamond Ruby and it was confirmed as I "chewed into" Invasive Species. The pacing of Joe's latest novel is meticulous. He leads us skillfully through the terrifying events and we go with him willingly -- eagerly. The characters are fascinating and unpredictable - especially the "thieves". Who could stop reading after being stung by this sentence early in the book? "A freakishly thin, black, arched body topped by a pair ...more
Jenny Denman
I do not consider myself a science fiction fan. But as a reader who loved Diamond Ruby and Joseph Wallace's artful development of characters, I had to give this a try. I was immediately hooked by the suspenseful plot and descriptive setting. Not only is this a tale about a species capable of bringing down civilization, but it is a journey into many desolate parts of the world. This book will not only take you on a thrilling voyage throughout the planet, but it will require you to think about the ...more
This book caught me by surprise. Joseph Wallace's last book was a young-adult adventure into baseball in the time of Babe Ruth, featuring a young woman who was a baseball phenom.

Invasive Species couldn't be further away from Diamond Ruby in genre. That said, it is one of the best books I've read this year, and certainly the one I read in the shortest amount of time. I simply couldn't put this one down.

The plot races from beginning to end in what seems like moments, cataloging the rise of an inse
**DISCLAIMER** I won a pre-release copy through First Reads on the Good Reads website.
All I can say is that this is a fast, suspenseful, science-based, thriller of a read. I lost lots of sleep because I just couldn't get to a stopping point. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. This is the story of an unknown species of wasps that begin to travel throughout the world implanting their larvae in animals and humans. Once the larva is ready to leave its host, the host dies. The political, medi
I read this book in one fell swoop on a flight to London. Ok, I had to catch the last 70 pages or so once I got to my hotel. It's a fast, fun and scary ride, based on the idea that a tiny little piece of our world can take the rest of us down with it if don't watch our step. A timely idea, for sure, but Wallace is really more concerned with keeping us turning the pages. If you like scary apocalyptic thrillers, this is a good bet. Also worth checking out by the same author: Diamond Ruby. A histor ...more
Charlie Kaufman
Ok so first things first, I won a copy of this book from Goodreads. Thanks You!

Now that that is out of the way. Allow me to oh so "thank" the author for all the future freakouts I am going to have every time I get bit by a bug in the future!

I highly enjoyed this book! It is one of those books that you tell yourself that you will just read one chapter before bed and end up at 2am with all the lights on in the house. I am still going to classify this one as action/adventure.. but it leans toward t
While reading this novel (and skimming much of the middle section), I kept thinking that this was a “B” version of books I have enjoyed such as Jurassic Park or Hot Zone. The author made numerous references to movies (Bourne Identity) and short stories (A Sound Of Thunder) and hints of authors (Creighton) and ideas from authors (Vonnegut and free will). This book seemed to be snippets of numerous ideas previously explored and not a unique exploration. There was government conspiracy, traveling a ...more
Mike Shoop
A world comes to an end as we know it scifi thriller. A huge African wasp has developed intelligence and uses mammals as hosts as it spreads across continents, attacking humans and other animals. Never fear, there is a group of people, including scientists, who race again time to find a way to stop the complete takeover of earth. Nonstop action, violence, and general creepiness.
April Castoldi
Loved this! It was creepy, exciting, and I didn't want to put it down. I read it with a sense of dread, reminding me of the anxiety and tension of the first Alien movie. It also reminded me of Ender's Game, a favorite for many years.
Angela Crawford
From the Description:

There can only be one dominant life form on Earth.

In the remote African wilderness, a rainforest is dying. But something else has come to life: A newly evolved predator that has survived the depredations of mankind, only to emerge from its natural habitat faster, stronger, and deadlier than anything humanity has ever faced.

And it is no longer man.

The massive swarm is moving across the globe and breeding at a cataclysmic rate, using humans as hosts in a seemingly unstoppabl
Though I preordered this before it was released last December, it got a bit lost in the shuffle of other books since then. I brought it with me on vacation last week and cranked through it. Despite being nearly 500 pages long, it's a quick read, especially compared to "Thirteen Moons," which I finished just before starting this. (It would be hard to pair two less similar books.)

The premise here is there is a species of wasp in Africa that uses primates (and other animals) to breed. After co-exis
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Sharlene Orlowsky
The first thing you should know is that this is the first book I have finished since the summer when I had lots of free time and freedom from most of my other responsibilities. With that in mind, I started the book on Sunday evening and finished in three days. It hooked me from page one and there were times when I got to the end of a chapter and said to myself, "just one more."

The highlight for me was the story. I'm certainly no expert on all the science and geographic references that were made
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

An apocalyptic horror/thriller that has a parasitic insect at the core of the story.

Description: Trey Gilliard is a loner, a researcher who prefers his forays into the wilderness more than relationships. When the story opens he’s working for ITC – International Conservation Trust – in Senegal, West Africa. The horror begins when Trey hears screams and follows a trail of blood leading him to a local clinic.

He finds an examination room, where a local doc
Curtis Poe
I am unsure of why this book is so highly rated by many people. As a light thriller, it was a pleasant read: Wallace's writing stays out of your way and let's you dig into the story, but as a story, it ranks up there with The Da Vinci code in terms of unbelievable plot and poor characterization, though Wallace is better than Brown in the latter's respect.

The story is about a species of very large wasp that has evolved to raise its young inside of mammals, including humans, and a small group of p
Greatly enjoyed this fast-paced, imaginative trip down the chute of bad decisions and unintended consequences. While written in a commercial, pop-science style, it all seemed a little too real to me—to the point that when I was watching the nightly news I got annoyed at the focus on trivia like Beyonce’s new album when, hey, THE WORLD IS ENDING. (-:

This is for fans of the terse, quippy style of Lee Child & Jeffery Deaver crossed with the natural science details of Michael Crichton/Richard P
Eric Feinstein
Joseph Wallace has made his first foray into the science-based "what if" genre with great success. The premise of the story is very compelling and certainly topical, with well developed characters and a brick pacing. He skillfully takes us from one locale to another while weaving an intricate tale of evolution, natural selection, and survival, while simultaneously offering a cynical look at ineffective government bureaucracy.
It is a quick read, with a compelling, page-turner pace, and offers a c
Tom Tresansky
There wasn't much here to like.

The author seems to have an absurdly low opinion of humanity, considering how little of a fight he has them (us) put up. I mean, they're wasps, for fuck's sake. I hate them as much as the next guy, perhaps more, but a shoe is their doom. A shoe. Most of us are wearing two of them. And why does no one ever once think of wearing a bee suit in this entire book?!?

The way to tell a story with a monster like this is not to make each and every insect into a superbug, but
Keith Bass
I was reluctant to start this book because from what I had heard, I would not be able to put it back down. The reports were true.
The plot is intricate, the characters are superbly drawn, and the story is chillingly plausible. I've done a fair amount of traveling and the brief sketches that Mr. Wallace gives to set the various scenes around the world are wonderfully evocative.
All I can say is that it has made me intensely aware of every insect that crosses my path.
Nicole Sullivan
For someone who is not a sci-fi fan, I am happy to report that Invasive Species is a gripping story that will make you squirm, hold your breath, cringe, and hope that the seemingly realistic scenario is not at all possible. As with any good story, the characters, including the creepy antagonist, will occupy space in your brain even when you aren’t reading. The events, ranging from heart-wrenching to grotesque, will keep the pages turning. The many underlying message will keep you thinking and wo ...more
As a fan of Joseph Wallace after reading Diamond Ruby, I was excited with the release of Invasive Species. I really didn't know what to expect though as the subject matter and genre of both books are completely different. In Diamond Ruby I was completely in awe over the great attention to historical detail that was included in the novel and found myself connected to all characters, both good and bad, even bringing Ruby Thomas to my list of favorite heroines in literature. Could I find that same ...more
Kate Bennitt
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn't feel particularly connected to the characters in the way that I felt more like I was watching a movie rather than being inside someone's head. And I do think this book would make a terrific movie, much like Jurassic Park. The plot was enjoyable and while there were no crazy twists or turns, it was definitely entertaining. It also makes you think about the effect of humans and how things could change if we weren't the apex predator. Wallace also had an inter ...more
Wow! Alien meets Mad Max!? An apocalyptic, cautionary tale. Interesting...and I hope nothing like it ever happens!
Meg Leader
INVASIVE SPECIES is an astonishing and wonderful disaster novel that those who like stories such as LUCIFER'S HAMMER or even THE HOT ZONE will love. (Yes, I know the latter is not a novel. But still...)

Without going into specifics, the human species faces a fierce threat in this book, one we have no experience with and one that threatens our very survival. The tension about whether we will in fact survive plays out until the very end--and the answer may well surprise many readers.

The science is
I love apocalyptic novels, however there are so many of them out there today that it is sometimes difficult to find those worth reading. And so I am always very, very happy to find a book in this (sub) genre that is well-written, plausible, fun and creepy all at once! "Invasive Species" fits all of my criteria! I loved the story, loved the building sense of dread, loved the writing and most of all, loved the characters! I was so involved in what was going on with the characters that there were t ...more
Not bad, shades of Michael Crichton.
Started off well, except why did he have to make it super large? Small things are quite capable of causing havoc on us humans.

Anyway he hints what a total stuff up it will be as the bugs invade the world infesting all mammals, not just people.

Then he spoils it by giving the bugs telepathy (hive-mind) and makes it transferable to the host - if the host survives. Rather handy for our hero as he is able to "listen in" on the bugs plans and movements.

Then he spoil
Brian Pennington
Excellent fast paced read in a weekend.
Loved that the ending was unusual ....
I won this in a GoodReads giveaway for which I am very grateful, and am happy to say that I enjoyed this very much.
I have to admit being a little hesitant when starting this because of the basic premise gleaned from the short synopsis. This story could have gone in many directions and most of those potentially very silly. Luckily, Mr Wallace had a fine grasp on his story and kept it grounded and relatively plausible. Really, the only thing I disliked in this story were a few pop culture refer
Invasive Species by Joseph Wallace could have been a top notched story in my opinion, but it needed a little more work in the developing stage. Some parts were downright creepy and definitely raised the heart rate as I tried to imagine what life would be like was something like this to happen in real life. Unlike some reviewers I read before purchasing this novel I had no problem suspending disbelief. It was easy to visualize the wasps and the terror they brought to a people totally unprepared t ...more
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