By Bernard Werber
Here's the beautiful overseas bestseller within the culture of Watership Down yet with a dismal, unique twist. particular, bold, and unforgettable, it tells the tale of a typical kin who by accident threaten the safety of a hidden civilization as clever as our own--a colony of ants made up our minds to outlive at any cost....
Jonathan Wells and his younger kin have come to the Paris flat at three, rue des Sybarites throughout the bequest of his eccentric past due uncle Edmond. Inheriting the dusty condominium, the Wells kinfolk are left with just one caution: Never pass down into the cellar.
But whilst the relatives puppy disappears down the basement steps, Jonathan follows--and quickly his spouse, his son, and numerous would-be rescuers vanish into its mysterious depths.
Meanwhile, in a pine stump in a close-by park, an unlimited civilization is in turmoil. right here a tender girl from the russet ant kingdom 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 global. it's a global 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 area: 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 remedy so as to satisfy her specified 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 advanced as our personal and much extra old. it's a attention-grabbing realm the place boats are outfitted of leaves and greenflies are domesticated and milked like cows, the place electorate lock antennae in "absolute verbal exchange" and struggle wars with accurately coordinated armies utilizing sprays of glue and acids that may dissolve a snail. no longer because Watership Down has a unique so vividly captured the lives and struggles of a fellow species and the precious classes they need to train us.
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The sky was once packed with flying ladies fixed by way of a number of men copulating with an identical ladies; caravans of affection suspended within the clouds. the women have been under the influence of alcohol with fatigue and happiness. They have been not princesses, they have been queens. They have been virtually surprised with repeated excitement and will not often keep an eye on their flight paths. 4 majestic swallows selected that second to fly up without warning from a flowering cherry tree. With chilling impassiveness, they slid instead of flew among the layers of sky and swooped down at the winged ants with wide-open beaks, swallowing them one after one other. The 56th was once pursued in her flip. 103,683rd was once within the explorers’ room. She have been hoping on carrying on with the research on my own via infiltrating the termite hill within the east yet a person had steered she subscribe to a gaggle of explorers to move ‘dragon hunting’. A lizard have been noticed at the grazing lands of Zoubi-zoubi-kan. With 9 million beasts to exploit, it used to be the town with the biggest herd of greenflies within the complete Federation. One lizard may possibly impede pastoral actions significantly. As good fortune may have it, Zoubi-zoubi-kan was once at the fringe of the Federation, simply midway among the termite urban and Bel-o-kan. 103,683rd had accordingly agreed to go away with this excursion in order that her departure might move omitted. round her, the opposite explorers made cautious arrangements. They crammed their social plants to the brim with candy power reserves and their wallet with formic acid. Then they smeared themselves with snails’ slime to guard themselves from the chilly and likewise (they now knew) from alternaria spores. They spoke of the lizard hunt. a few of them in comparison the lizard to salamanders or frogs however the majority of the thirty-two explorers agreed it used to be more challenging to seek. One previous ant maintained that lizards’ tails grew back after they have been bring to a halt however the others made enjoyable of her. one other claimed to have obvious one of many monsters remain as nonetheless as a stone for 10º. Others recalled stories of the 1st Belokanians confronting the monsters with their naked mandibles – formic acid had no longer been so frequent on the time. 103,683rd couldn't restrain a shudder. beforehand, she had by no means visible a lizard and the possibility of attacking one along with her naked mandibles or perhaps a jet of acid used to be now not reassuring. She informed herself she might break out on the first chance. in any case, her research into the ‘termites’ mystery weapon’ was once extra very important to the survival of town than a few wearing hunt. The explorers have been prepared. They made their manner up throughout the corridors of the outer belt prior to rising into the sunshine via go out seven, referred to as the ‘eastern exit’. First they'd to depart the suburbs of town, which used to be no effortless subject. the entire zone round Bel-o-kan was once congested with a crowd of employees and squaddies, them all in a rush. the group was once flowing in different instructions. a few ants have been loaded with leaves, fruit, seeds, plant life or mushrooms. Others have been wearing twigs or stones which might be used as development fabrics.