meg nightstalkersCover final.inddAuthor: Steve Alten

Series: Meg

Publisher: Tor/Forge

Release Date: June 14, 2016

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Giant Prehistoric creatures have escaped captivity and are now being hunted while hunting to survive.

The fifth installment of the MEG series follows Bela and Lizzy, siblings who have escaped the institute they were being held in British Columbia. Jonas Taylor is trying to recapture or even kill them but others have different plans.  Jonas’s son David is after them for his own reasons, revenge.  After losing the love of his life to them he has come together with a Dubai Prince to track the 120-foot, hundred-ton Liopleurodon that escaped form the Panthalassa Sea. David is having a hard time letting go of his loss and has nightmares regularly.  He doesn’t consider himself suicidal but he is willing to risk his life multiple times to pursue his cause.  While father and son go on this adventure from different angles, the sisters are causing all kinds of trouble everywhere they go.

The first thing I have to say about this is I read this without having read any others in the series. I think that hurt my overall enjoyment and understanding of the book.  However, one of the best aspects of the novel and Alten’s writing is the tension.  He knows how to ratchet it up at just the right moments and keep it up.  There were a lot of characters and at times it became tough to follow the storyline.  Had I read the previous installments, I think this would have been less of an issue for me.  For those that enjoy Sci/Fi thrillers this is one to add to the list to read.  There were a few semi-graphic sex scenes, (nothing very bad by any means), and also some harsh language that would make this unsuitable for young readers.  While this isn’t my favorite of the year I know many people will enjoy this story and will be recommending it to those that enjoy a book from this genre.

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