Fragment Fragment by Warren Fahy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fragment is pretty heavily influenced by Michael Crichton. A “lost world” island isolated in the Pacific Ocean has its various life forms evolve on a separate path for hundreds of millions of year, until us foolish humans stumble across it and end up screwing it up, of course. Fascinating and terrifying stuff. There’s a good bit of science in there too, with the island dwellers having copper-based blood, crustacean-like properties, etc. And the quick pace will keep you hooked, even if you pretty much know where it’s going all along.
Next up is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (and Jane Austen).