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
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...
I liked the micro world best. Its the same story line though as some of his other work-- a group of people go into a new and strange environment and have to figure out how to survive.
Less detail in some of the scientific minutia!! Way too much time spent talking in scientific terms, and not enough time spent telling the story.
Included some more action/excitement and less technical stuff
Great portraying of different characters.
Great story, typical Crichton story.
Descriptive storytelling as a Crichton book does.
I don't know he played them so well!
The cliff scene when the boat stopped.
I like it!
This book was not written by Michael Crichton - it couldn't have been. I'll believe he did the outline of this story before he died, but he didn't write the details. It was poorly plotted, the dialog was terrible, the pacing was all off, and it was not "believable". And to make it worse, the narrator was horrible. He didn't know how to read a story. He was reading like he was doing marketing ads. The tensing was all wrong. Michael Crichton writes exciting, well written books. Find one of the older ones and read it – don’t waste your money or points on this one..
. In "Micro" the characters were one dimensional, the story events were eccessively violent without any resemblence to realism, and there was no character I felt any sympathy for. I am glad noone will be able to use Crichtons name and reputation falsely again.
Characters and plot
More realistic. Make the characters act like real people and craft a realistic plot.
Crichton was superb at taking science and stretching its possibilities to create new environments with surprising challenges--and that is done really well in this book, but he never would have killed off nearly every character. Halfway through you are wondering if any are going to survive, and the evil characters are just stupid. Are we meant to think that an enterprise desperate for graduate students in science would take a blow-hard who only writes critiques about theory and would pay for him to come see a top-secret project? How in the world did it make sense to set up one character as the protagonist and kill him off, plus appear to kill off all but two of the "good guys"? We didn't even care about the ones who survived, and couldn't we at least have saved the surprise helper at Tantalus? This needed different plot points and better editing, plus a resolution that didn't make you feel that you had wasted almost the entire time you spent listening.
No, but I will be extremely careful ordering other books where another author (and this one is a good author, but he either didn't save Crichton or just didn't deliver on this book) has finished Crichton's posthumous material.
No, but I thought he did well.
Save your money and your time. If it goes on sale for $4.95, it will be worth that, but you will still be annoyed at what is a great start devolving into a frustrating experience.
First, I found the science behind the book to be incredibly flawed. The loss, of mass caused by reducing humans in size, was never considered in any way. But it is science fiction and I guess I wouldn't mind too much but the story was lacking. I felt like I was reading the pilot for a television series. And the author introduces a character half way through the book who ends up walking off with the only computer disk that contains the "micro-making" technology. Everyone thinks that all was lost in a fire. Why do that unless your looking to franchise the "idea" of the book?
Last of all, the author seems to have a problem with scientists who using modeling to predict "global Warming". He spent much of the book "State of Fear" talking this problem. While I hat any kind of "fear mongering", I think that the author's take is more like keeping your fingers crossed and hoping there are some good scientists out there that will figure this all out.
The Andromeda Strain - excellent
The Terminal Man - excellent
Congo - good
Sphere - very good
Jurassic Park - excellent
Rising Son - good
Airframe - excellent (probably my favorite)
Timeline - very good (shared some of the flawed science of "Micro" but a much better story!
Prey - very good
State of Fear - fair (good story but way too much proselyting!)
Excellent voicing of characters. Good pace and easy to understand.
No, I don't think that I ever get over the lack of any scientific possibility of this occurring.
The reader was good. I enjoyed his voices and interpretations of the characters. The story kept me interested.
I liked all of the students.
I love stories such as this and appreciate Michael Crichton's scientific take and meshing it with fiction--he is missed.
Imagine being smaller than an ant? This book takes you inside the terrifying world of, what if this were possible!! Great story line and actually very believable. I could not put this one down. Enjoyed tremendously.
The details about the technology used for shrinking objects.
Look up, there's an Ant above you!
Wish I could review better, there are many moments of this book that was captivating. I enjoyed and got totally immersed in it. The story telling Author, unabridged, is fantastic. You could truly visualize what was happening!
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