Chuck Wendig


Nightmare fuel, but a compelling read.

This isn’t the kind of book I’d usually read: I’m not big on thrillers or horror, and it’s sort of (but not really) a sequel to another book I haven’t read, but it stands on its own, and the characters are intriguing.

I always appreciate characters who suffer from chronic general anxiety but manage to function anyway, and Dr. Hannah Stander does both in spades.

The private Hawaiian island research facility where much of the book takes place is a perfect intersection of James Bond villain, Elon Musk, and Larry Ellison (who actually has bought most of Lānaʻi).

And I know just enough about ant biology and society that the swarms of killer ants are frighteningly plausible. The chapters where they inevitably get loose are…intense.