In search of fresh water in 1791 Captain Henders and the crew of the H.M.S. Retribution thought they were blessed by God to find an island in the middle of nowhere. As the crew is filling up their barrels with water something attacks the men and they flee. All except for the crewman Frears whose screams can be heard clearly across the water all the way to the ship. Since then no one has visited Henders Island until now.
As part of the reality show Sealife, a group of young scientists are exploring exotic locales around the globe aboard the ship Trident. Botanist Nell Duckworth yearns to visit Henders Island in hopes of discovering a new species of flower that she’s positive will be found on there but her hopes are dashed when bad weather puts their ship behind schedule. They have to bypass the island in order to make it to their next stop.
Just when Nell gives up on her dream Trident picks up the emergency signal of a ship that’s been missing for more than a year and the crew is required to investigate. Instead of a rescue mission the cast of Sealife and the crew of Trident become the ones in need of rescue as the horror of the islands true inhabitants is revealed.
I have such perfect timing when reading scary/creepy books. Of course I chose the day my husband leaves for business to read Fragment all alone in the house. The descriptions of the creatures on Henders Island and what happened to the crew were so vivid that I imagined something horrible around every corner in my house. It freaked me out so much that I wouldn’t even leave my feet hanging over the edge of the couch while I was reading. LOL
Fahy wrote such an amazing story with a terrific ending. The actions and reactions of the cast and crew are perfect for the story. Even though it is science fiction there is nothing too technical as sci-fi can sometimes be. As I was reading the book I was reminded of the movie Mysterious Island that my brother and I always used to watch as kids. This is a highly recommended read for all science fiction lovers but I do warn you not to read it alone.