New York Times bestselling coauthors Shäron Moalem and Daniel Kraus's terrifying sci-fi horror thriller takes place in a future that is much nearer than you think. It is a world where scientific experimentation is exploited for commercial profit and under-supervised cutting-edge technology creates a menace that threatens the very fabric of our existence.
Wrath is the story of Sammy, a lab rat instilled with human genes whose supersized intelligence helps him to engineer his escape into the world outside the lab: a world vastly ill-equipped to deal with the menace he represents. Modified through advances that have boosted his awareness of humankind’s cruelty in the name of science, Sammy has the potential to sire a rodent army capable of viciously overwhelming the human race. The key to Sammy’s capture and humanity’s salvation may be ten-year-old Dallas Underhill, whom Sammy adopts. But while Dallas and Sammy bond, time is running out for humankind: once Sammy sires his progeny, the exponential proliferation of his kind could spell the end of the world.
For fans of dystopian works such as Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, and readers of Neal Stephenson, Michael Crichton, and Blake Crouch. This heart-pounding, science-based thriller takes place in a possibly all-too-soonreality where the hazards and consequences.
Hardcover with dust jacket; 320 pages; 9 in H by 6 in W.
Bestsellers Moalem (The Better Half) and Kraus (The Shape of Water) explore the implications of genomic editing and animal rights in this uneven near-future thriller. Charismatic Noah Goff founded EditedPets to enhance the relationship between pets and their owners through specialized companion animals. Using a genetic engineering technique pioneered by geneticist Sienna Aguirre, EditedPets took the world by storm with its bioluminescent fish and exceptionally talkative budgies—but its venture into the horse market failed dramatically. Now Noah and Sienna race against time and a faltering reputation to launch a new product, the Sammy Rat, a rodent encoded with human brain cells. Moalem and Kraus highlight some clever scientific concepts as the narrative details the variety of health problems that plague the Sammy Rats—and the sometimes barbaric methods employed to solve these issues. Then, after one Sammy escapes the EditedPets lab, he seeks vengeance on humans for their cruelty. Sienna and Noah prove ambitious and dynamic as pressure to perform brings out the absolute worst in them. Sammy's voice, by contrast, lacks a sense of authenticity; he sounds more like a human child than an anthropomorphized animal. Though the human story outshines the animal perspective, there's still plenty here for sci-fi fans to chew on.