Alex Garland had an early success with The Beach (1996). The novel, set in what at first seems to be a backpackers' paradise in Thailand, ascends to a visceral Lord of the Flies for our times. The novel was boosted by the movie with Leonardo diCaprio in the main role as Richard.
The Tesseract (1998) intertwines the lives of Manila gangsters, housewives and streetchildren. The title, referring to the four-dimensional hypercube, signifies our inability to understand the world at any level higher than our own existence.