In Jurassic Park, he created a terrifying new world. Now, in Micro, Michael Crichton reveals a universe too small to see and too dangerous to ignore.
In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye.
In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier.
But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself.
An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.
©2011 John Michael Crichton Trust (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
Somewhat. The science and ideas behind the story were reasonably good, and realistic as far as you could expect given the storyline. My biggest complaint is the characters. They are somewhat annoying and are treated by the authors in a cold, "survival of the fittest" manner ." This is fine to a point, but the story comes across too mutch as a study on human behavior than as an enjoyable piece of fiction.
People who are unthinkingly anti-environmentalist.
Gotten rid of the part at the beginning (only part I listened to) where Crichton rants about how it's impossible to understand the environment. It would have been tolerable if I didn't know he had been a strident climate change denier, but since he was, it ended up being pretty offensive to me as an ecologist and Earth system modeler. I ended up stopping playback after just a few minutes, and then returned the book (thanks, Audible).
Interesting concept, but seemed to be missing something. Understandable since it was not completed by Mr. Crichton. I think it needed a few more edits and re-writes to get it to the level of story telling we've come to expect from Mr. Crichton.
Probably not. The micro world is cool, but the villain is predictable, and the resolution is unsatisfactory.
The book was set in Hawaii, which was exciting for me. However, the narrator needed to learn to pronounce the Hawaiian words. It was excruciating listening to him butcher Hawaiian place names and common words. I was surprised he didn't take the time to consult with someone prior to the performance.
If it did, I wouldn't spend the time reading or listening to it unless I got an incredible review from a trusted friend.
You can't win them all.
After the dreadful "State of Fear" and mediocre "Next", this one is a bit of a redemption. The main difference is that in addition to exploring scientific topics and sitting on his ivory tower and proclaiming judgement on everything, there is actually an entertaining story in Micro. That seems to be a skill that Crichton lost along the way, but perhaps with the contributions of Richard Preston, was much better in this book.
To me "Micro" is a lot more like "Timeline" and a lot less like "State Of Fear", which is a great thing!
I think this book could still be for some sci fi fans, but it just wasn't for me.
No, I don't think it has, but it might have turned me off from Michael Crichton.
N/A. I think he was pretty good.
I thought John Bedford Lloyd was good, and the concept of nanotechnology was cool.
The narrator is one of the most bland readers I have encounters in the numerous books I have listened to.
Just one of the slowest books I have ever listened to, I'm not finished yet and I don't really think I will...
My next Listen? Is this my next Type?
I love Crichton's stories but I do need to believe the science just might be possible someday. There are movies I enjoy that have this 'science' in them, one a comedy, one a great old movie, but we aren't starting out thinking this could really happen if only we understood how. We are being entertained. That's not, for me, what I seek from this author.
The World According to JimG944
I rate the Audible version of the novel Micro by Michael Crichton 4 of 5 stars. The only reason for not giving five stars is that the plot seemed like a rerun. Think of this book as TV's the Land of the Giant's meets the movie Fantastic Voyage meets the movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids. While interest, it was hard to suspend the belief in the ability to shrink people and equipment. While it was a solid suspense novel, I'll give it a mild recommendation.
The book is interesting and exciting but lacking in likable characters. The science is full of holes but I think the author(s) aren't pretending otherwise. In fact, one of the characters reflects on all the implausibilities of the situation and seems to be ok with unanswerable questions and impossible results. As to the characters themselves, this novel falls flat. The few characters that generated interest were either very minor characters or left the story surprisingly early. I looked upon the final cast of this story with the same lack of emotion or sympathy as the critters in the "microworld" might look upon them. The other issue I have is the theme of the novel, as it can't quite decide between being an adventure story or a horror story. I think if the author(s) had pushed harder in one direction or the other the quality of the book would have been better.
The strength and saving grace of this novel is the setting. The description of the micro world itself was fascinating and scene stealing, keeping me hooked despite my frustrations with plot holes and weak attempts at character development.
As it stands, Micro had its moments, and despite the above mentioned issues, I found myself always wanting to listen just a little longer...
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