Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: Ancestor

Ancestor by Scott Sigler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I discovered Scott Sigler years ago with Infected. I was instantly hooked and couldn't wait for the sequel back then (and now the last one in the trilogy, Pandemic!). I soon got my dad hooked on him too, and he was the one who recommended Ancestor to me.

This is the story of a company called Genada, who is trying to create an animal that could potentially make human organs for transplantation. The doctor in charge of the program thinks shorting the meds for the genius, Jian, who has bipolar disorder and who designs the DNA for this project, will make her work more productively and more creatively. However, she goes off the deep end in her design of this "creature," and they were expecting docile herbivores, what comes out ends up being unimaginable predators that will destroy everything in their path.

The reason I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 stars is that it took too long to get to the crap hitting the fan. I was starting to wonder if the mutant things they were creating were just going to gestate for the entire book. I was on pins and needles waiting for the births of these creatures. Finally, it began, and once the nightmare started happening, I could not stop reading. I finished the book in one day.

My other issue was it just didn't feel as fleshed out as Infected or Contagious. I felt there were a lot of things left out from back history that would have helped really tell what was more to the story.

All in all, it was a great book that I enjoyed reading. A really fast paced enjoyable biological thriller.

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