|Submitted by Karen Burnham |
(Feb 04, 2006)
Over time I have read many Michael Crichton books, and this is very much like all of them. I feel that in this book he is simply replicating a formula that has brought him fame and fortune. My basic recommendation is that if you have already read "Jurassic Park" and/or "Sphere," skip this one because you have already read it.
Many of the plot elements and structure are standard Crichton: single male protagonist, woman problems, dedicated father, misuse of science by irresponsible scientists and corporations, isolated facility under seige from the menace, cut off from all communications with the outside, ultimate victory. Predictable from page 1 to the end, the only fun game is to see how far ahead of the text you can predict the next "plot twist."
I loved Michael Crichton books when I was first starting in science fiction, between the ages of 13-15. But once you've been exposed to the better quality SF out there, it is hard to go back. After awhile, his anti-science stand gets to be a bit grating, and the overly simplistic writing style, so easy in youth, simply becomes childish. This book would be fine for your average teenager, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone over the age of 18.