â€œIngenious and beguiling.â€
â€œCrichton keeps us guessing at every turn in his best work since The Andromeda Strain.â€
â€”Los Angeles Times
â€œSphere may be Crichtonâ€™s best novel, but even if it ranked only second or third, it would be a must for suspense fans.â€
A classic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton, Sphere is a bravura demonstration of what he does better than anyone: riveting storytelling that combines frighteningly plausible, cutting edge science and technology with pulse-pounding action and serious chills. The gripping story of a group of American scientists sent to the ocean floor to investigate an alien ship, only to confront a terrifying discovery that defies imagination, Sphere is Crichton primeâ€”truly masterful fiction from the ingenious mind that brought us Prey, State of Fear, and Jurassic Park.
This is the way the world ends:
A nuclear strike on a deep sea vent.Â The target was an ancient microbeâ€”voracious enough to drive the whole biosphere to extinctionâ€”and a handful of amphibious humans called rifters whoâ€™d inadvertently released it from three billion years of solitary confinement.
The resulting tsunami killed millions.Â Itâ€™s not as through there was a choice: saving the world excuses almost any degree of collateral damage.
Unless, of course, you miss the target.
Now North Americaâ€™s west coast lies in ruins.Â Millions of refugees rally around a mythical figure mysteriously risen from the deep sea.Â A world already wobbling towards collapse barely notices the spread of one more blight along its shores.Â And buried in the seething fast-forward jungle that use to be called Internet, something vast and inhuman reaches out to a woman with empty white eyes and machinery in her chest.Â A woman driven by rage, and incubating Armageddon.
Her name is Lenie Clarke.Â Sheâ€™s a rifter.Â Sheâ€™s not nearly as dead as everyone thinks.
And the whole damn world is collateral damage as far as sheâ€™s concerned. . . .