On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park.
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now one of mankind’s most thrilling fantasies has come true and the first dinosaurs that the Earth has seen in the time of man emerge.
But, as always, there is a dark side to the fantasy and after a catastrophe destroys the park’s defence systems, the scientists and tourists are left fighting for survival…
With this masterful cross of science fiction and action-adventure, Michael Crichton created one of the biggest bestsellers of all time, turned by Steven Spielberg into the highest grossing blockbuster ever in 1993. (Goodreads)
The original book of the 1993 blockbuster movie, “Jurassic Park” and I remember almost everybody watched it and raved about the movie saying how thrilling and exciting it was, but I had never watched the movie nor read the book so I didn’t know what to expect from this book.
This book grabbed me right from the beginning; the episode after episode of mysterious injuries sustained from “construction work,” “lizard bite,” and a possibility of a new breed of lizards which could potentially be hazardous to humans on the island of Costa Rica. With ominous inkling scattered here and there, I was kept on the edge of my seat, anxious to know what’s to come. Apart from the obvious – the lizards are actually dinosaurs – I had no idea how the story would evolve from there.
The story is perfectly structured and executed, and the writing is absolutely superb, keeping the tension and momentum of the story.
The build-up is quite detailed with ample background descriptions and information, nicely establishing the foundation of the story to let the readers know what to expect along the way.
To be perfectly honest,there were parts that I just couldn’t wrap my head around and stumped me – the mathematical theories, DNA repairs/engineering… I was in over my head and a bit lost, but the author did an amazing job of explaining such theories using supporting characters like a layman, Donald Gennaro. His responses to Ian Malcom, the prominent mathematician perfectly aligned with mine, and that made it a bit easier for me to follow what Malcom has to say.
The mid part felt a tad boring though. Basically, the story is told from alternating perspectives and chapters, say, one chapter is told from a paleontologist Grant’s perspective and the next chapter from a control room engineer’s perspective. This alternating POVs might have been supposed to build up the tension, but it kind of had an adverse effect of either chopping the momentum and tension or each chapter being a tad too long. I don’t know exactly why, but I didn’t get into the story at that point.
But rest assured – the most exhilarating, delicious treat is in store for you in the latter part of the book. The last 30% is literally packed with life-or-death danger and thrills, it’s like running through a field with massive explosion after explosion coming after you. White-knuckling, pulsative, and totally exhilarating!!
My least favorite character, Lex annoyed me so much and the evil side of me wanted to throw her into the predators’ pen and leave her to her own devices, but I must admit her recklessness played a huge role in adding more thrills and fuel to the already fascinating, keep-you-on-the-pins-and-needles story. I listened to the audiobook for the most part, and I tell you, I found myself totally freaked out with my heart palpitating so hard, that speaks volumes how frightened I was, it couldn’t be more glorious!
What struck me the most though, is the underlining theme of this book. The foibles and follies of humankind, the greed and lust for fame and fortune and most importantly, what consequences await us in the wake of our headlong, idiotic ventures.
I’m not giving away any more and leave it to your readers, but I honestly didn’t expect this book to be so thought-provoking and pregnant with meaning. It had slipped my mind, but this book reminded me of how we humans are, in fact, so tiny and powerless against the force of nature and the eternally long history of our planets, and how we tend to stupidly and wrongly assume we can ever control such powerful force.
It also reminded me how far our planets have come and how many cycles of life they have gone through… I totally felt the flow of mind-bogglingly long history and it was quite satisfying. There’s certainly a lot more to this book than just being quite an exciting, heart-thumping read, and I am so glad that I finally read this grand, epic book!
Although this might not be for the faint of heart, especially the last 30%, but I can vouch this is a perfect read for summer. Summer is also a great time for adventure, and if you are up for it, this book is for you. Highly recommended!