I love Michael Crichton's book, Jurassic Park, it makes you think how greedy so many people are. How someone could have the nerve to try and control nature is just beyond me.
This book takes place in the early 1990's it is about several scientists, a chaos theory expert, two kids, and a lawyer are invited to see a special theme park where their expertise will help the owner make it ready for public opening.
At first the group is amazed at what they see, it's a theme park full of live dinosaurs! The man who founded the park named John Hammond spared no expense. Using the latest supercomputers and the best human minds he succeeded at cloning dinosaurs by finding fossilized mosquitoes with dino DNA on the inside.
But soon flaws show up in how the park is constructed. It all ran on computers with only a few number of people to supervise all that was going on in the park. Finally a covert attempt to steal dinosaur embryos by a park employee makes the park's systems fail, then it is man against nature when none of the other employees can get the system back on-line.
This is a great book, which basically says that we don't own nature and that we shouldn't try and clone something that's extinct because there is probably a good reason why they are extinct. This book scares me because I know that there are probably scientists out there trying to see if they could clone dinosaurs and not stopping to think if they should.
Scientists learn stuff by reading what other people have done. They just take the next step, they manufacture it, package it, then they're selling it, they then call it their own work. They didn't do the initial work themselves so they don't take responsibility for their actions. It scares me. Science isn't about helping mankind anymore, it's about making a nice juicy profit.
This is a great book. Ian Malcolm, Tim and Lex are the best characters. Grant, Saddler, and Hammond are also good. The characters are real and in-depth. They act and feel like real people.
Crichton's books are always very visual, almost like you are watching a movie. You can almost see the dinosaurs taunting the helpless victims. This is an awesome, awesome book. I give this book five stars out of five.
There is also a film by Steven Spielberg by the same name. It stars the greatest actor of all time, Joseph Mazzello. The co-stars are Jeff Goldblum, Ariana Richards, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern. Watch the movie after you read the book. The movie is way different.
Title: Jurassic Park