It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end – the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.
There are rumors that something has survived….
For those of you who don’t know – this is the sequel to Jurassic Park. I read, and fell in love, with the first last year. I never got around to typing a review up for the first, but I am considering rereading it in due time. I liked the first book better – but this one was definitely a four star novel.
PLOT AND CHARACTERS
I absolutely loved the plot line of this novel, especially since the blurb didn’t give much away. Most of the books I have picked up lately pretty much have the plot written on the back of the book. It was pretty refreshing to go into a book with only a brief idea of what I was getting into. The characters were well thought out and rounded. I was completely shocked by the return of Ian Malcom after the first book. Even more shocked that he was he only returning character.
WRITING AND ENDING
As with the first book, Michael Crichton was amazing. His writing flowed easily and there were plenty of correct information mixed in with the story. I absolutely adored that there were no grammar errors that I found. I was captivated from the first pages and it held my attention (and kept me on the edge of my seat) until the end. Despite the fact I really enjoyed the novel – the ending left me hanging and I will never know what comes next. That frustrates me to no end.
This is a book that I am super happy to have in my collection. I am going through my shelves now to read and giveaway a good bit of my books – this is one that is hanging out on my ‘favorites’ shelf. I recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction and / or dinosaurs and those who enjoy being kept on the edge of their seat.
QUOTES AND MORE
Here are some of the quotes I found notable.
- “What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world:” – Albert Einstein (found in the beginning of the book).
- “Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told-and become upset if they are exposed to any different view.” – Michael Crichton.
- “But absence of proof is not proof of absence.” – Michael Crichton.
- “They could still actually use their brains, which in Thorne’s view was a sure sign they hadn’t yet completed a formal education.” – Michael Crichton.
- “Because raising children is, in a sense, the reason the society exist in the first place.” – Michael Crichton.
- “Human beings are just stuffed full of misinformation. So it’s hard to know who to believe.” – Michael Crichton.
- “Once things go bad, they tend to stay bad. Like the old folk saying that bad things come in threes. Complexity theory tells us the folk wisdom is right. Bad things cluster. Things go to hell together. That’s the real world.” – Michael Crichton.
- “All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don’t you take it away from yourself.” – Michael Crichton.