All roads cross here.
Grasshopper Jungle is the story of how the world will end. If you’re thinking global warming, war, a giant asteroid, or nuclear holocaust then think again. As 16-year-old Austin Szerba reports, the apocalypse begins in a small town called Ealing, Iowa.
At first glance, Ealing is an ordinary place in the middle of nowhere sparsely populated by churchgoing lower-middle class Americans. But decades ago, Ealing hosted a cultural mecca of scientists, researchers, and entrepreneurs who worked at the town’s primary employer – Mckeon Industries. From genetically-modified produce to Pulse-O-Matic showerheads, Mckeon Industries manufactured and supplied a variety of products. But as Austin Szerba soon finds out, the company’s founder, Dr Grady McKeon, was involved in a dark set of experiments that included genetic mutation, human reproduction, and testicle-dissolving corn. Oh, and he also accidentally created a race of gigantic and deadly praying mantises.