This book presents the topic of gene therapy and the current issue of commercial or educational entities owning patents against individual genes. Sound dry? It could have been, were it not for the addition of Gerard, a talking, thinking, African gray parrot, whose comments made me laugh out loud throughout the book. I also appreciate Mr Crichton for making his primary female character, Alex, an intelligent woman with guts and a gun. As for the narrator, he is the best I have ever heard.
This is an interesting and at times very entertaining look into the possible scenarios of genetic manipulation. There are so many lines of story going, though, that you could get lost in the complexity. Overall very eye opening and entertaining. It makes you think twice about where the genetic research could take us.
I am glad I ignored the reviews and listened to this book. I quite enjoyed it. No, it's not an edge-of-your-seat thriller like Jurassic Park or Prey, but I never lost interest, and it wasn't annoyingly preachy like State of Fear. It is many stories intertwined, which seems to bother some readers, but I had no trouble keeping track of the characters and the stories came together in the end.
If you're just looking for thrills, look elsewhere, but if you want a thought-provoking AND thoroughly entertaining science-not-quite-fiction book, then don't be deterred!
I don't usually write a review, but this book really disappointed me. i was 3/4 the way through the book and didn't care what was going to happen and who it was going to effect. the only reason i finished is cause i have to finish the story. But i wife didn't she just asked me what happened.
Just my speed. Before this, I didn't even know I needed to catch up on what's happening in genetic research. I appreciate the author's effort to make this complex subject more understandable to average people like myself. I'm sure he stepped on moneyed toes with this book. Good for him.
I almost didn't buy the book because of the reviews.
I liked the information that the author provides, and the delightful characters.
The reactons of the protagonists are refreshingly realistic. They do the right thing in a timely manner the way one wishes one always would, and the author does not lovingly obsess over the sadism of the bad guys. They are bad because they are angry or greedy. We don't have to wade through the pool of sewage in a bad guy's (or an author's) twisted mind.
The main suspense starts in the 2nd part of the book but the susapense would not have the effectiveness it has without the first part of the book.
I liked the book because it provides a world full of attractive characters who were coping bravely and cleaverly against some awful ones.
I would love to see Gerard and Dave in a movie.
One of the things I liked best was the way all the plots were interwoven. Some of the humor in it was laugh-out-loud funny and I learned alot about genetics along the way.
I can see where some fan's of his books would be put off by this one - it's very different from some of his other works. But if you can put that prejudice aside, and read it for what it is and not not as a "Michael Crichton" book, it's good!
I've been a fan of this author for years. In the past he has been able to hide the science in a deeply entertaining story that was a great adventure. Not this time. This has got to be one of the very worst books I've ever read. Not just because of how poorly it is written, but because of how great it could have been. In PREY, the author tied the science up around a tight and suspensful story. In this book the characters exist for no reason (some are never explained), the story is disjointed and convoluted, and the plot is non-existant. It isn't until the author's note at the very end that we find the reason for the book: the author has stumbled accross the concept of patenting genes and thinks it is a luidcrous idea. He then sets out to write a book to prove his point; but the entire concept is so poorly executed that the entire book comes off as a waste of time. The fictional judge's ruling in the book reads almost verbatim against the author's tirade that takes up the last 40 minutes of the tape. The entire time I was listening to this book I was astounded that this was him. The entire style and pacing of the story is nothing like any of his other books. I would swear that this was written by someone else. I'm even more astounded that the editor's let it go in this shape. Perhaps it was needed to fulfill contract obligations? Either way, do yourself a favor and DO NOT buy this book. It will be a waste of your money. But DO come back to this author. His other works have been top notch and I just can't believe that this kind of literary disaster will be repeated.
Similar to Prey, State of Fear, but a little different. The way he presented the true facts was unusual and tying it all together was predictable. I am no scientist or literary pro and I liked the book and you will too, if you want to be entertained and the subject matter will get you thinking and is a great conversation starter.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
I enjoyed the unabridged audible version of State of Fear and assumed I would be similarly entertained. I was wrong. Next had a barely discernable plot and characters that Crichton began developing and then abandoned for long periods. By the time he came back to them (if he did) you wondered who they were. You needed a scorecard to keep track of the characters he created, never knowing if they would be major or minor until you had a headache trying to remember them all. I had no problem with the genetic mutations he created. You expect that in his writings. What I had a problem with was his implausible scenarios that would have his mutants' paths cross. Also, Dave's acceptance into society was about as believable as people not realizing that Clark Kent and Superman were one and the same. I don't know what Crichton plays to write next, but I hope it's better than Next.