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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  4,782 ratings  ·  669 reviews
In this powerhouse of suspense—as brilliantly imagined as Jurassic Park and The Ruins—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.

The time is now. The place is the Trident, a long-range research vessel hired by the real
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Hardcover, 356 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Delacorte Press (first published 2009)
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Thomas Gaffney
Jun 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people
Shelves: first-reads, thriller
I received this for free through the Goodreads' "First-Reads" book giveaway, but this was not the book for me. ...more
Horace Derwent
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
noah found a small isle in the vast sea, he thought that it might've been soil which was the gift sent from god by his grace, so yon releaseth thine animals

maybe

just may it be

the creatures on this island were just freed from then on, the offspings of those animals released by noah, which were forgotten by anyone who shalt remember or witness

now someones has found the isle again after noah... all those years later
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Jeff Sitko
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This one requires a bit of explaining on my part. Initially, I wanted to rate this as a 4/5 based on the human element; the characters seem somewhat flat, based on overused archetypes, BUT that being said, they are the ONLY downside to this book.

Otherwise it depicts the most imaginative and innovative tale of man bucking against the unrelenting tide of nature since Jurassic Park. I'm currently reading Pandemonium, Fragment's sequel, and the characters seem better this time (roughly halfway thro
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Michael Fierce
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Jurassic Park, tech-thrillers, island adventures

Now, THIS was a great book.

Basically, a Reality TV series crew embarks on a voyage for their "Scientific" TV show, only to get a distress call coming from the direction of an unexplored island, falling right in line with the hopes of one of its' scientist crew members who's been wanting to explore the island her whole life. Then all hell breaks loose.

Very Jurassic Park influenced minus actual dinosaurs.

It starts out in an older time period like many modern cryptozoological tech-thriller adven
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11811 (Eleven)
Dec 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
DNF around 60%. The characters were cardboard and the story seemed like a bad imitation of Michael Crichton. 60% is pretty good considering how much I hated it.

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Stephen
4.5 stars. I thought this book was a blast. The descriptions of the various species were very interesting and the action was non-stop from the moment they hit the island. A highly entertaining read.
Michael
Apr 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
A popcorn, thriller of a book in the vein of the work of Michael Crichton.

The crew of a reality show discovers a long lost island that harbors a unique secret--there are strains of life here that have followed a different path of development. The initial landing party is killed by the various new creatures, but what we see early on is only a hint of what's lurking on the island.

"Fragment" is a hybrid story of "Jurassic Park" and "The Ruins." The story does well enough when talking about the new
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Sandi
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
I glanced through a few reviews of Fragment and had to laugh at all the comparisons to Michael Crichton. Honestly, I was thinking the same thing throughout the book. To me, it was a cross between Michael Crichton and the original Star Trek series.

A ship carrying scientists participating in a reality show discovers an island that is so isolated that it's developed it's own ecosystem unlike anything else anywhere on Earth. Naturally, the US military steps in quickly and takes over the whole resea
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Kara Babcock
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☼Book her,   Danno☼
This is a fun romp of a book if you are looking for an effortless beach read. It's Crichton-esque (although the descriptive tech parts aren't quite as well done) and reminiscent of Jurassic Park cum Mysterious Island, in that there's an isolated island where vicious critters have taken a different evolutionary path.

Overall, the concept is clever and the critters, for which there are even drawings at the back of the book, are fascinating and described in a convincing fashion. The pacing is exactl
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Becca
Nov 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: barely-finished
The only reason I finished this book at all was because I am a cheap person and, as such, I felt that not finishing it would be like throwing 8 one dollar bills in an ash tray and setting them ablaze.

Do you remember (or maybe you were) that kid in high school who felt like science papers were too dull and wanted to throw in random monsters/dinosaurs/zombies, etc to spice things up (or to annoy the teacher)? Yeah, that is what this book felt like to me. A science paper, well-researched but forced
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Susan Gallagher
Oct 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
So much wrong with this book, I don't even know where to begin.
But let's start with zero - ZERO - character development. No, I take that back. There's just enough to make these people annoying. All we learn of the protagonist is that she has a baseball cap and a dead mother - there is no conflict for her and no character arc.
The suspension of disbelief was stretched far beyond what anyone with even the most basic understanding of ecology could handle.
One scene near the end between the protagon
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D Dyer
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book but would offer some caveats and cautions before encouraging someone else to read it. This book is sold as the next Jurassic Park and there are definitely some very clear parallels to that novel but if you open this book expecting an updated version of that one you’ll be disappointed. This book, which opens with Nell, botanist on a reality show looking to explore an as yet unexplored island and her crew mates on the sea life stumbling onto Henders Island
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Lori
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Won this book in the Goodreads Giveaway.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The premise is what orignally caught my attention: A reality show plans to shoot a scientific exploration of an unexplored island. Unbeknownst to them, it contains an entire exosystem that is alien to ours.


- Numerous scientists, camera/production crew, and military characters with names like Zero, Ham Pound, Thatcher, Gyn, and Nell. Check!
- Dry, straightfoward scientific explanations dumbed down for the not-so-sci
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Tarl
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Thankfully I DIDN'T buy the hardcover...
Unimaginable and cookie cutter antagonists, enough science to choke the reader to death under pages of description, and an unimaginative ending couple to make this book the worst book I read in the last year. The premise is interesting, hell, it's unique, but half the book itself is scientific descriptions of the creatures on Hender's Island, and even at points where there is tense situations, the author spends a large amount of time explaining how the cre
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SheriC (PM)
It started out well, with an interesting mock essay on the historic cycle of new species introduced into an environment that can take over, decimate the existing flora or fauna, and change that environment forever. Then we're given a delicious little episode of a ship's crew being attacked by some mysterious monster on a remote island. Then... ugh. It appears that the whole story is going to be set with a ship full of reality show scientists and crew, who are obviously destined to explore the mo ...more
Leslie
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I added this to my wish list a long time ago and after rereading the sample decided to buy

There really aren't enough categories to classify this book and the sample really doesn't give you a lot of information.

Basically there are a bunch of scientists filming a reality show about a trimaran going to remote pacific locations when a storm blows them off course they end up at a mysterious island. (that's the sample synopsis)
I assumed we were going to have a bunch of tediousness with a little bit o
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Twobusy
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Remember back when Michael Crichton was cranking out blockbuster-movie-plots-disguised-as-novels and every review was pretty much the same? The details varied from plot to plot, but almost without exception you'd read a review and learn that he'd put together a book with a propulsive plot, a bunch of surprises and thrills, lots of technical and/or scientific detail to show off all the research he did, and little doubt that the characters and dialogue were anything more than paper-thin. Well, Cri ...more
Russ
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Crichton fans, those flying over the Pacific
Fragment

A remote, tiny island in the Pacific teems with unique, aggressive species. But they aren’t dinosaurs from The Land that Time Forgot ; they are distant relatives of mantis shrimp that evolved on a separate track from the rest of the earth in Fragment , a 2009 eco-thriller that is more plausible than a living dinosaur book. The new species are first discovered by the crew of a reality show called “SeaLife.” The U.S. Navy takes over because of the risk that the dangerous species could leave
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Meagan
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book? This was a fun book. It was chock-full of scientific discussion about evolution, environmentalism, biology, and ecosystems, but since I've always had a hidden core of inept science nerd, that's okay by me. What I didn't understand still sounded plausible, and appealed to the part of me that researched DNA sequencing in high school. I understood enough to get the point, though, and as a result believed in the characters more.

Speaking of characters: most of them are fodder for violent c
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Terry
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
With sagging ratings, the ocean exploration reality show SeaLife desperately needs a boost before the network cuts their one-year voyage short. What could be better than answering a distress call on a mysterious island? Surrounded by a 700 ft cliff wall, Henders Island is largely inaccessible and its distance from the shipping lanes means very few seafarers have even seen it. But when a live broadcast of the landing shows the cast of the SeaLife eaten alive by the island’s flora and fauna, the s ...more
Wayne
Jul 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I liked this book quite a bit. Fahy has created a dangerous world every bit as dense and full as Cameron's Pandora, minus any happy tree environmental saving grace. This is a world of creatures that would likely devour any other world, imaginary or real, were it to escape that small rock called Henders Island. The creatures were surprisingly well conceived and illustrated, and the ecology was finely tuned and enthralling. There were a few sections later in the novel that stretched even a forgivi ...more
Elise
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A group of scientists from a reality TV show discover a remote island in the South Pacific. New species have evolved there that may as well be aliens. The inhabitants are very powerful and deadly, and the scientists have to decide what to do with their discovery of the island and the creatures.

This was a blast to read, based on real science not pseudo-science, so it makes the plot more plausible. It's a perfect entertaining summer read.
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Jim
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Great creatures. I can't wait to see how they look on the big-screen!

You can't read this book without picturing it as a movie in your mind. The descriptions are awesome (and they don't go on forever and ever - like some authors), the characters are great, the story is immersive...

Just go read this book.
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Claire- Louise
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Great premise, just a little too full on for me to find genuinely scary. I also found it heavy with the science side of things, but I did enjoy the bursts of gross horror.
Lisa
Jul 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction
Warren Fahy’s Fragment follows a group of scientists filming a reality show aboard a boat in the Pacific Ocean. A distress call leads the crew to unexplored Henders Island, where they encounter a host of terrifying new organisms.

As a biologist (well, biology grad student) , I was intrigued by the description of this book, and requested a review copy through LibraryThing. I was curious as to the advertised scientific aspects of the story; many books and movies, while entertaining, fail when it co
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Alyce (At Home With Books)
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fragment is fast-paced, full of scientific detail and highly entertaining. If you like Michael Crichton books, then you will probably love Fragment.

Although more plot driven than character driven, there are some fun and interesting characters in this book. Nell is the underrated lady botanist (she reminded me a little bit of both Ellie from Jurassic Park and Jo from the movie Twister - which I just found out was also written in part by Michael Crichton). She's the one who first realizes just how
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Edward H. Busse, III
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-owned
NO SPOLIERS!! I liked it - a really good story. The island was a real treat - the "bad guys" were really, really bad...which was good...just when you thought they couldn't be nastier...they got nastier. The characters were fun and well developed - especially the "good guys" - boy...were they fun!! The science behind the whole story seemed believable to me and Mr. Fahy did a nice job of connecting all the dots. I also liked his weaving of geo-politics into the story and the military/government co ...more
Jason
Aug 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-books, read-2009
I love creature features and I was hoping that this would be a good one. I was disappointed in this, I found it to be horribly over the top and borderline silly. I did manage to finish this one but cannot find much to say that I liked about it.
Cheryl
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really 2 and a half stars. Kind of a modern version of The Lost World. It's about one step up from a SYFY Channel movie, but is still entertaining if you're in the right mood. I thought about 100 pages could've easily been edited out to make the pace more even. ...more
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New York Times best selling author Warren Fahy managed a bookstore at 19, was a database designer, helped coin word "mullet" for the notorious hairstyle now entered into the Oxford English Dictionary (here him interviewed about it at Slate here: https://slate.com/podcasts/decoder-ri...), and was lead writer for Rock Star Games' Red Dead Revolver. His debut novel, the science thriller FRAGMENT, was ...more

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