Jurassic Park

- Michael Crichton

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On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park.

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now one of mankind’s most thrilling fantasies has come true and the first dinosaurs that the Earth has seen in the time of man emerge.

But, as always, there is a dark side to the fantasy and after a catastrophe destroys the park’s defence systems, the scientists and tourists are left fighting for survival…

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almost perfect:

Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.

As one of the few book-to-movie adaptations that I can appreciate in both forms, rereading Jurassic Park made me want to rewatch the movie. The book takes a stronger science approach while the movie focuses more on the action, but I thoroughly enjoy both. It is impossible not to picture the actors from the movie while reading, though.

Incredibly captivating, this narrative has a little bit of everything. I enjoyed the scientific bits, but Malcolm does go on. I started skimming during his delirious ranting because it was just too much 90s chaos theory for me. The rest of the story, though, kept me on the edge of my seat, full of action, adventure, and the threat of death.

Malcolm coughed, and stared into the distance. "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."

Grant and Ellie are exactly the scientists you want around when making important decisions. I found their sense of awe was balanced perfectly (and realistically) with their sense of dread. They’ve spent their lives studying these extinct creatures, assuming they’ll never see them in real life – I can’t even imagine the wonder and excitement of actually seeing a dinosaur. But almost from the beginning, they’re very aware of the terrible potential outcomes. Malcolm is pretentious to the extreme, and I probably wouldn’t want to hang out with him. If I were designing a park full of dangerous extinct creatures, though, I’d want to listen to his advice.

I’m taking half a star off the rating because of how annoying Lex is. I know she’s just a kid, but holy shit, she needs to shut up. Dinosaurs are trying to kill them, and she will not. stop. talking. As unbelievable as this whole story is, the most unlikely part is that she was not killed immediately.

You know, at times like this one feels, well, perhaps extinct animals should be left extinct.

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