INSECTA: Planet of the Ants

by W Thor Larson

Take the best Nat Geo WILD specials on ants, mix in the Science Channel’s “Monster Bug Wars,” add mantis claw swords, elytra shields, giant war beetles, and armored millipede tanks, cast the brew in fantasy, and you’ve got INSECTA: Planet of the Ants. Iridescent imagination flies high, burrows deep, and attacks head-on in this epic adventure set in a distant bioluminescent world where gigantic insects rule and powerful ant queens lock mandibles in a deadly chess game of massive proportions.

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Phorid flies overwhelm the Schumanni ant nest, laying eggs in their prey and turning them into zombies. Desperate to keep the flies from infesting the entire land, Queen Cordia retreats to her chambers, seals her infected brood underground, and sends her son Nodosa on a perilous mission to enlist the help of the legendary leafcutter ants. But can the armored leafcutters rescue the Queen before the zombie ants and flies reach her? Or will the fire ants unseal the nest and let loose the monsters within?

What are readers saying?

  • “My 11-year-old son loved this book! [It’s] perfect for a boy who loves science, bugs, war strategy, adventure, and suspense. My son was captivated by the wonderful writing and original story, and he can’t wait to see what will happen next in the series.”
  • “Cool! My favorite parts are riding flying stag beetles, the fire ant super soldiers, the slaver queen’s attack, the exploding kamikaze ants, the acid-spitting butterfly, and when the ants go into the zombie nest.”
  • “This story is far removed from the often predetermined pattern in fantasy — it’s not your typical wizards and dragons. Refreshing and out-of-the-ordinary!”
  • “[A] gifted writer [with] so much inspiration and creativity. I really love the facts about the ants after each chapter. The best apocalyptic book that I have read in a long time. This is a must read.”
  • “I checked your book out from the library. It was really good!”
  • “My daughter absolutely loved Book 1 (and so did I). When will Book 2 be out?”
  • “I LOVED Zombie Nest. I’m now a fan. Please add me to the list of people who are waiting for Book 2 (pretty please)!”
  • “My 10-year-old couldn’t put the book down — he absolutely loved it. He even kept reading it under the sheets after going to bed! I had to take it away to get him to sleep, but as soon as he woke up in the morning he would say, ‘Dad I want to read more of the book’. Some of the words were hard for him, but I showed him how to look words up in the Kindle pop-up dictionary boxes and he liked that.”
  • “I really enjoyed the book. I bought another copy as a gift for my friend’s sons. They were so excited! The oldest (13 year-old) grabbed it out of my hands and asked if he could start reading it. He was like, ‘I don’t like to read that much, but I love things about ants and zombies!'”
  • “We’ve been trying to get my 15 year old to read more instead of playing video games. Once he discovered Insecta, he can’t put it down!”
  • “I’m a grandmother and read the book to see if it would be a good gift for my grandsons. I liked it so much that I read it twice and highly recommend it.”
  • “Fantastic! Fun filled fantasy frolic through the world of the friendly Formicidaens. But seriously, I thought it was a creative, original plot and imaginative setting.”
  • “Very detailed and well written. This book captures your attention from the first page.”
  • “We bought it today and [my son] already finished it and loved it.”
  • “My son and I are reading Insecta together at bedtime and loving it!”
  • “I’m on chapter five and you’re my new favorite author!”
  • “This book is so great. I can’t tell you how many things I’m learning.”
  • “A fantastic read! … This would make a great movie or graphic novel.”
  • “Very Imaginative and Creative.”
  • “Good original story.”
  • “Awesome!”

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See the review by The Literate Mother