Review: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton


Jurassic Park
Author: Michael Crichton
Published: 1990
Genre: Horror
Series: Jurassic Park #1
Rating: B

If you’ve seen Jurassic Park the movie, you pretty much know the gist of the plot. It’s also a safe bet that you’re going to find the first half the book mind numbingly boring. It goes into a lot of detail about how a billionaire managed to make real live dinos. If I hadn’t been so familiar with the set-up, I would’ve enjoyed the world building a lot better. However, using 50% of the book to explain the science, technology and different theories that went into creating Jurassic Park is a wee bit excessive. But the second half of the book makes all that waiting well worth it.

Jurassic Park doesn’t get interesting until the dinosaurs finally start escaping and eating people. As wonderful as the animatronics were in the movie, they couldn’t quite live-up to how the dinos are portrayed here. Crichton makes it clear that these aren’t the dinosaurs that used to inhabit the Earth, but things pieced together by humans making assumptions about how nature works. It’s a combination of arrogance, lack of responsibility and laziness that makes the park turn into such a disaster.
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