By Bernard Werber
Here's the lovely foreign bestseller within the culture of Watership Down yet with a dismal, unique twist. exact, bold, and unforgettable, it tells the tale of a typical kinfolk who by chance threaten the safety of a hidden civilization as clever as our own--a colony of ants decided to outlive at any cost....
Jonathan Wells and his younger family members have come to the Paris flat at three, rue des Sybarites in the course of the bequest of his eccentric overdue uncle Edmond. Inheriting the dusty residence, the Wells kin are left with just one caution: Never pass down into the cellar.
But while the relations puppy disappears down the basement steps, Jonathan follows--and quickly his spouse, his son, and diverse would-be rescuers vanish into its mysterious depths.
Meanwhile, in a pine stump in a close-by park, an enormous civilization is in turmoil. the following a tender girl from the russet ant country of Bel-o-kan learns unusual new weapon has been killing off her comrades. to determine why, she enlists the aid of a warrior ant, and the 2 trigger on separate trips right into a harsh and violent international. it's a international the place demise takes many forms--savage birds and voracious lizards, warlike dwarf ants and rapacious termites, toxic beetles and, so much weird and wonderful of all, the quick, murderous, tremendous guardians of the sting of the realm: cars.
Yet the top of the female's determined quest stands out as the eerie mystery within the cellar at three, rue des Sybarites--a secret she needs to resolve for you to satisfy her precise future because the new queen of her personal nice empire. yet to take action she needs to first make unthinkable communion with the main barbaric creatures of all.
Empire of the Ants is an excellent evocation of a hidden civilization as complicated as our personal and much extra historical. it's a attention-grabbing realm the place boats are equipped of leaves and greenflies are domesticated and milked like cows, the place electorate lock antennae in "absolute communication" and struggle wars with accurately coordinated armies utilizing sprays of glue and acids that may dissolve a snail. now not considering Watership Down has a unique so vividly captured the lives and struggles of a fellow species and the dear classes they must train us.
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