Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton

A mysterious company called, "Ingen" had been working on a top secret project for five years. As this mysterious project nears completion, the project must be checked by dinosaur experts Alan Grant, and Ellie Sattler, along with mathematician Ian Malcom. The top secret project turns out to be a geological zoo called, "Jurassic Park," filled with genetically created dinosaurs. This prehistoric zoo would no doubt dazzle people of all ages, until disaster strikes. A rogue worker shut down the park, allowing the dinosaurs to run free. Now with danger at every turn, the human inhabitants of Jurassic Park must fight for their very survival.

Take it from someone who's read this book a few times, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton is a epic adventure of prehistoric proportions. Even if you've seen the film, the book Jurassic Park is worth at least one read-through. Jurassic Park is filled with suspense, and terror, action and adventure, while still catering to the scientific thinker. It probes the question,"Could dinosaurs be cloned?" Jurassic Park is one of my favorite books of all time, I very much enjoy its tense mood, and I think you should give this adventure story a try. 

Reviewed by Gian R., grade 9
Glendale Central Library


Tiffany, Montrose-Crescenta Library Manager said...

It starts off on the island of Bahia Anasaco, where construction workers are building InGen. As they start building, a worker gets attacked by a mysterious creature. He says that he was attacked by a velociraptor. He dies later. The report of this incidence does not go out to the public. Even after this incident, Jurassic Park was still built. Dr. Grant(a paleontologist), Ellie(a botanist), Dr. Malcom (a mathematician), Gennaro (a lawyer),and Lex and Tim(siblings visiting their grandfather, John Hammond).While visiting the park, one employee ,Dennis Nedry, was stealing dinosaur eggs to make a profit. While everyone was taking a tour of the park in electrical cars, Nedry killed the power to the entire park so that he can escape. Since the dinosaur cages are ran by electricity, all the dinosaurs were set free. The visitors fight for there lives as they try to escape to escape the park. People go missing and even killed, but there is one question where did Nedry and the Velociraptors go?

Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton was a very gruesome and suspenseful novel. It was similar to the movie in some ways, but there were a lot major differences. In the movie, parts of the book were cut out, and replaced with other ideas for the movies. Although it is similar to the movie, it is still a good read even if you haven't seen the movie. The book and movie to me seem like to different stories, but with the same characters. Overall, this book was fantastic and I didn't see one flaw in the novel. I highly recommend this book for people who are interested in dinosaurs.

Reviewed by Phillip C., Grade
Montrose Library

Tiffany, Montrose-Crescenta Library Manager said...

Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park is a captivating, beautifully written novel centered around the recreation of prehistoric dinosaurs to be put on display for the world to see in a zoo-like environment. A group of hand-picked paleontologists and a few others were given permission to visit the park, which is located on an island close to Costa Rica, before the park opened to the public. However, the group was not told of the purpose of the natural preserve, and upon arriving the group realizes the danger of such a park. The owner John Hammond, reassures that everything is under control and entirely supervised. A mathematician named Ian Malcolm warns that they are playing God, and that dinosaurs became extinct for a reason, and bringing them back to life is messing with the balance of nature. He is later proven to be correct, because later in the book everything in the park start to go horribly wrong, from undercover embezzlement, to electrical fences powering down. This results in the release of dinosaurs and the mix of species. The group suddenly becomes isolated due to the power shut down and struggles to survive.

When I first read this book, I was in awe of the idea that bioengineering technology could advance so much, that a discovery or experiment would be called into question because it seems immoral. What struck me now was the fact that the human race does not know limits. Humans do not understand that there is a delicate balance of nature that can potentially be destroyed because of their actions. Many people think of this novel simply a story of the revival of dinosaurs and how cool they are, but when they actually read it critically, they would understand the novel is saying more about the human race than the literal danger of dinosaurs. I would recommend this book to anyone who allows a book change the way they think, because I believe this story teaches a lesson that many pretentious materialistic people can benefit from.

Reviewed by Rutger W., Grade 12
Montrose Library

Tiffany, Montrose-Crescenta Library Manager said...

The novel begins with a chain of events in South America, which involved attacks by strange reptiles. Off of the cost of Costa Rica, there is an island owned by a mysterious Bio-Genetic Research company where many lethal accidents have taken place during construction of milion dollar structures. It is revealed that a theme park is to be built on the island, its main attraction being live dinosaurs. A paleontologist, Dr. Grant, is hired to come to the island in order to convince a mathematician and a representative of of sponsors that the park is a good idea.
While the group is there, a spy from a competing company shuts down the system in order to steal multi-million dollar genetic material. This allows the dinosaurs to escape their habitats and hunt the humans. Dr. Grant and two children become the main focus of the story as they struggle to survive and escape the island. It is clear to everyone that the park was a bad idea, and human being should not play god by bringing creatures from another time into our modern reality.

I really liked this novel. It was very exciting and suspenseful. I also appreciated the scientific aspects and feel that they really added to the story; it was interesting how Crichton was able to explain how they were able to bring the dinosaurs back. I recommend this book for anyone interested in science fiction as well as thrill seekers.

Reviewed by Sean C., Grade 11
Montrose Library