DR. FRANKLIN'S ISLAND

Ann Halam, Author . Random/Lamb $14.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-385-73008-2

Halam (aka adult SF and fantasy author Gwyneth Jones) delivers a nightmarish thriller of white-knuckle intensity. Semirah, the shy, self-deprecating narrator, is among a group of 50 British teen winners of a science contest who are on their way to work with conservationists in Ecuador. Disaster strikes quickly: before the first chapter ends, a plane crash (was it a foiled hijacking?) strands Semirah and two other survivors on a remote island. Slowly and surely, the author turns the screws as Semirah, in the company of smart, brave Miranda and dishonest Arnie, watches every plan founder. Arnie sneaks off on his own and, as Miranda and Semirah gradually realize the full horror of their plight, their misery and dread become almost palpable. But even the worst of their experiences seems almost idyllic when they finally find the island's inhabitants: the mad scientist Dr. Franklin and his terrified employees. Dr. Franklin can hardly wait to start performing his trans-species genetic-engineering experiments on human subjects, and Miranda and Semirah are to be his first candidates. "The bogeyman had got us," Semirah realizes. "Nothing could save us: but we didn't have to die screaming." The characterizations are even richer and more credible than the premise is outlandish, and Halam heightens the tension by thoroughly imagining each stage of the girls' reactions to Dr. Franklin's elaborate cruelties. Only the cathartic ending will free readers from this scary novel's inexorable pull. Ages 14-up. (May)

Reviewed on: 05/06/2002
Release date: 05/01/2002
Show other formats
FORMATS
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-02144-0
Library Binding - 245 pages - 978-0-385-90056-0
Paperback - 215 pages - 978-1-85881-396-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 245 pages - 978-0-440-23781-5
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7540-6401-5
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-28984-9
Prebound-Glued - 245 pages - 978-0-613-72267-4
Open Ebook - 142 pages - 978-0-307-43331-2
Hardcover - 199 pages - 978-0-435-13064-0
Hardcover - 6 pages - 978-1-4084-6364-2
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.