This blog’s been all but dormant the past couple of weeks, and I sincerely apologize for that. I really enjoy blogging, but I don’t always feel I have good enough content to post on the blog. Regardless, here’s a review on one of my favorite books, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
Crichton was an American author renowned for his works in science fiction thrillers. Several of his books have been adopted into popular movie hits. He was a very popular writer, and his work in the Jurassic Park series attained international fame.
Jurassic Park is a fast-paced scientific thriller with plenty of action. The plot itself is fairly simple. A group of protagonists are introduced to an exotic and remote island by a genius billionaire where they learn of his efforts to bring dinosaurs back to life. While on a tour of the island, everything that could go wrong, goes wrong. The power goes out, all communication systems fail, and the dinosaurs begin hunting and attacking the humans. That’s just about all there is to the story; like I said, it’s a fairly simple plot. Still, the simplicity of it is largely due because of the originality of the text; such an interesting action-filled read is always a fun undertaking, and it’s success is clear when you take a look at the success of the Jurassic Park movie series.
In Jurassic Park, Crichton gives his readers plenty of action, and then some. It goes without saying that action junkies will love this book. Also, the science explained in the book is easy enough for the casual reader to understand, and marvel at the idea of the book itself. Genetic engineering has been a hot issue for several years now, and this novel benefits by exploring the benefits and downfalls of this contreversial topic. The characters are fairly well developed, though Crichton refrains from developing them too much. Instead, he spends most of the book either throwing interesting science of hard action at the readers. In all honesty, because the originality of the book and the action make up so large a part of it, Crichton really doesn’t have to do much more than throw action at you for you to enjoy it. The novel is certainly well written, with a focus on details very apparent. It’s by all means a very hooking read; if ever you’re bored, you should try this book.
There isn’t much I can complain with this book. Maybe Crichton could have spent more time developing characters, as they feel slightly stereotypical. Still, that doesn’t detract from the read itself, so it’s by no means a big issue. There just isn’t anything else I can criticize in the book. It’s simple and original, and has boatloads of action; hard to find fault with any of that.
On a sidenote, I know that most people have seen at least the first Jurassic Park movie; it truly is one of the most famous movies of the 1990s. I actually watched the movie after reading the book, and I was thoroughly disappointed with the movie. That speaks volumes about the book; that I was disappointed with such a critically acclaimed movie after reading the book serves to show how great the book was. Even if you’ve seen the movie, which sticks to the plot almost entirely, you’ll still love reading the book. I know it’s cliche, but the books are almost always better than the movies, and that case stands true with Jurassic Park.
In conclusion, Jurassic Park is a science-fiction thriller with plenty of action to satisfy all readers. The plot is simple and original, and that really adds value to the read. (My favorite novel, Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, basically modifies the major plot by exposing the beast(s) to a New York museum instead of a remote island). Jurassic Park is one of the most enjoyable books I’v read, and because of that I’m rating it at 9.5/10. The books following it are good in their own right, but don’t match the brilliance of the original. It truly is a great read that has, and will continue to stand the test of time and prove to be one of the best science-fiction thrillers of all time.