Take the best Nat Geo WILD specials on ants, mix in the Discovery Channel’s “Monster Bug Wars,” cast the brew in fantasy, and you’ve got Insecta: Planet of the Ants (Book 1 – Zombie Queen). Iridescent imagination flies high, burrows deep, and attacks head-on in this epic fantasy adventure set in a distant bioluminescent world where giant insects rule and powerful ant queens lock mandibles in a deadly chess game of massive proportions.
Although the queens command the board, the game is much more complex than they suppose. The pincers of Providence control their fortunes and dangers lurk on every side: voracious ladybug bands, ravenous centipede hatchlings, vicious acid-spitting butterfly menaces, amoebae pandemics, hulking fire ant super soldiers, exploding kamikaze carpenter ants, and a slaver queen’s mysterious arts. But no monster is more feared than the tiny and lethal Phorid fly—the zombie maker! Mantis claw swords and beetle shell shields are no match. Armored millipede tanks and huge war beetles are no defense. Massive bulwarks and moats of tar offer no refuge.
After an impossibly large swarm of Phorids overwhelms his mound, Nodosa braves the desert plains in search of the famed leafcutter fortress desperate to enlist their aid. Little does he know that he’ll become the catalyst of a gallant attempt to rescue his queen from a nest filled with thousands of zombie ants and their fly spawn, the inescapable skirmish between leafcutters and the fire ant horde, and the miraculous healing of a very special egg.
Title: Zombie Queen (Insecta: Planet of the Ants, Book 1)
Author: W. Thor Larson
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Size: 248 pages, ebook
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure