Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park was an incredibly fantastic novel. Just fantastic. Michael Crichton certainly knows how to write a thriller. The novel starts out setting up the issue. You get little snippets of what's happening, but are never told what's actually going on. Then you get to one part where you're given a hint and you think "That's it. That's what is going on here." I've also never seen the movie so I had no real idea about the plot, but apparently the book and the movie differ quite a bit. Anyway, the plot was great. There were no holes that I could find and everything was (spoiler) kind of tied together at the end. There was no real closure which can bother a lot of people, but I found it was great. It finished off what had been happening in the novel but left an opening for the possibilities of what could happen in the future if the dinosaurs were left to their own devices. I thought the way that the dinosaurs and the island were disposed of was rather simple compared to the whole ordeal everyone had went through on the island. It was almost too simple. Characters were also really great. You have adults mixed with two children and an elderly crazy man who thinks nothing will ever go wrong ever. Ian Malcolm was perfect. He was that annoying voice of reason who was constantly saying what will go wrong and when. Hammond totally ignored him and definitely gets his comeuppance at the end. Grant was also a really good choice. You had two palaeontologists and they provided you with the dino facts you were missing out on if you weren't a dino nerd. I especially enjoyed how Crichton included a lot of factual scientific stuff that was going on at the time. He perfectly melds the fact with the fiction. Now I have no idea what was actually real at the time this was written (I was born after the novel was published) but I have a fairly good idea of what aspects are fictional. All in all, this was just amazing. There's really no other word for it. I was constantly on edge wondering what was going to happen next. The beginning was a little slow to pick up, but once it did I didn't want to put it down. This is definitely something I would recommend and I can tell you with confidence that I will be re-reading it in the future.

Quote of the day: "Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves." - Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park