We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars or test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes.
Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.
The future is closer than you think. Get used to it.
Take your pick.
©2006 Michael Crichton; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
How is this the #1 book on audible? Usually that is the best stat I can go with. I could not even finish this book.
I tried to look past the technical aspects with the beginning legal stuff, but could not get by the description of the "jury gasping" during trial and then finding out about the "judges ruling" deciding who won the case, huh?
This books is organized as a series of short stories intertwined into a longer text. Actually, there is no purpose for so many short stories – the story as a whole does not add up to a great, ingenious plot. There are a few witty parts but mostly a series of dull catastrophic/futuristic narratives. Cant say I enjoyed listening to it as I did the other books of this great author.
Crichton has written some excellent stuff but NEXT was a major disappointment with a confusing disjointed plot. He then makes liberal use of profanity and some unnecessarily gruesome details to try and add some colour. All this was then made worse by a reader that seems to delight in whinny voices. The subject may be trendy but the book does not do it justice.
I like the author, but this was terrible - a cop-out rip-off. Totally bad ending. Great beginning, great plot, but then he just ran out of gas. Seemed like someone else finished it for him from about the middle on. Maybe preachy, but so what - he has his opinion. Save your money. Did I say it was terrible?
After reading my first book by Michael Crichton, (Timeline) I begin to love his way of making you think of the possibilities. In Next, He unsettles our scientific side of life by pushing our controversial buttons in almost every area of Genetics. Being a born again believer in Christ I no doubt have strong convictions as to where science is taking us. In this book, Michael Crichton reveals the the key components that govern science and technology: money and morals. It seems that we are so close to encountering many of these issues that if this had been written ten years later, it might not be considered fiction.
This book has more yarns than an angora sweater, but they are not as tightly knit together. In some ways, this book reminded me of Franz Kafka in the sense that Crichton, like Kafka knows that the world isn't right, but he doesn't understand it. I learned in the author's afterword that he had some definite ideas about genetics, but only some of them came through in the stories. It is sad that Crichton's last work was sub par.
This is the worst book that Michael Crichton has ever written. It has to do about Genes and has many different story lines that either come together or don't. Lots of reading of headlines about what is going on with Gene therapy and creation of 'transgendered' animals and plants. I real muddle into a boring subject.
Save your Audible credits. Crichton (as usual) uses cardboard characters to attempt to make sweeping generalizations about current issues of 'Science.' Interesting ideas are presented but the plot and characters are absurd with talking Orangutangs and Grey Parrots.
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