By Michael Crichton
- Release Date: 1990-11-07
- Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Jurassic Park Michael Crichton Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Timeline, Sphere, and Congo, this is the classic thriller of science run amok that took the world by storm.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
“[Michael] Crichton’s dinosaurs are genuinely frightening.”—Chicago Sun-Times
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.
Until something goes wrong. . . .
In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.
Praise for Jurassic Park
“Wonderful . . . powerful.”—The Washington Post Book World
“Frighteningly real . . . compelling . . . It’ll keep you riveted.”—The Detroit News
“Full of suspense.”—The New York Times Book Review
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User reviews about this book
Couldn’t put it down
By Salty Marg
So, just putting it out there that I’ve been reading it off and on for about a week. This morning I woke up at around 6:30am and didn’t really feel like reading news, so I picked it up and, well, now here I am 12 hours later and just finished it. Yes, I did other stuff today, too, like working out and meal prep, but I really wanted to get back to this book and finish it.
My husband and I just watched the movie again last night because I was reading it. There were already obvious differences (way more characters, way more violence, the ages of the kids were flip-flopped, etc.), and these differences only became more glaring as the book went on. You know what? The book is much better than the movie in all respects but one: I wanted to punch the Lex in the book. Seriously.
Book Lex is freaking annoying. She’s a whiny, mean little b who is just destined to grow up to be a Karen. She’s always hungry, she’s overbearing, and I’m having a really hard time thinking of any redeeming qualities. It was especially annoying when she was freaking out at her brother, screaming at him the entire time he was trying to figure out how to turn the main power on so he could oh, I don’t know, SAVE EVERYONE. I could have easily done without Book Lex.
I enjoyed the other characters whose roles were either greatly reduced or completely omitted from the movie. Dr. Wu was an important figure in the book, as it was his work that brought the dinos to life. Muldoon was interesting, and Gennaro doesn’t get killed off.
It was oddly satisfying to read how Nedry was violently killed given his actions. In general, the book was one of the more violent ones I’ve read, but the violence was written very well. I found myself grabbing for an invisible tub of popcorn a few times.
Hammond was the most surprising departure. I mean, having Richard Attenborough in your head while you’re reading about this truly sociopathic character is slightly jarring. Aloof but jolly grandpa vs totally Trumpian egomaniac who admits at the end that he can’t stand his own grandchildren and only invited them so that Gennaro would be less likely to want to kill the project. And while we’re talking about Hammond’s Trumpian qualities, once he starts reflecting on what happened at the island, he finds a way to blame literally everyone for botching it somehow: Wu didn’t know what he was doing, Muldoon was a drunk (which is the only accurate one), Arnold was incompetent, and on it went. I mean, God forbid he admit that the whole idea of cloning dinos in and of itself was the problem. Lord no! He just got the wrong people to execute his vision, and badmouthed even (or especially) the ones who died while doing their jobs. Oh, and don’t even get me started on his whole, “I made this island for rich children”, crap. As I said. Trumpian. I won’t spoil his fate, but let’s just say he doesn’t leave the island in a helicopter.
I’ve already bought the next book, so here’s hoping it’s just as good!
Easy adventure book reading
Huge fan of Jurassic Park/Jurassic World movies & just wanted to read how it all started & even though the book & movie have different scenarios, it’s still a great summer time read.
Fantastic brilliant book
By what in heck
If you saw the movie already, know that this is the book it’s based on. It’s also very different in several ways, particularly with the tone and ending. Unlike the blockbuster feel of the movie, the book gives you much more to think about and has a tense, frightening tone.
Amazing Read; Better than the Movies
This is a classic book. I sincerely hope this becomes a discussed read for early science majors in school. Fantastic writing and compelling ideas.
By super shadow 7777777764
Me like da movie
By Duck lover 27
A great read
It kept me intrigued and interested during the entire book.
Very good book, I am a big fan of dinosaurs and this was a nice fictional story that seemed plausible, unlike other fiction books.
First and Favorite Crichton Novel
I’ve read all of the authors books but this is where I started and even after all of these years it’s still my favorite.
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