by Sara Gruen
Isabel Duncan works with the apes. She is a scientist at the Great Ape Language Lab, and she communicates with the bonobos via two different languages. Her relationship with the apes is unique; they are family to her (and vice versa).
When the lab is bombed, and the apes are removed, Isabel is devastated. While recovering from injuries sustained in the bombing, she discovers the whereabouts of her ape family: television! The bonobos are the stars of a new reality program, Ape House.
To rescue them, Isabel will need the help of those who support and admire her work with the apes. For Isabel, the painful truth of the bombing will determine her true friends and accomplices.
I was instantly pulled into this absorbing and unique novel. Gruen effortlessly combines science and popular culture, and she creates memorable and instantly likable characters.