A silver beetle on the grounds of a British boarding school leads to a great amount of curiosity. However, curiosity quickly turns to terror as more silver creatures appear and attack students and faculty. A group of students and the science teacher barricade themselves in the science building. They survive the night, but find the world changed for the worse.
I enjoyed reading about the beginnings of a rather unique apocalypse. Chris Wooding’s settings–which frequently have a mix of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi– always are interesting to me, and Silver was no different. The five teenage protagonists were also fun to read; their motivations and insecurities are well-explained, and I enjoyed reading their conflicts and interactions. I thought the plot stalled at times, but those times are rare. Overall, it was an enjoyable read, and I have hopes for further exploration in this setting.