Summary: “Frighteningly real…compelling.… It’ll keep you riveted.” —The Detroit NewsAn astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.Until something goes wrong.…In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.“Crichton’s dinosaurs are genuinely frightening.” —Chicago Sun-Times“Full of suspense.” —The New York Times Book Review…Read more.
great story and one of my fav sci-fi books. finally decided to listen to the audio this time instead of re-reading. overall good, but it hit me that chrichton comes off a bit nationalist. never realized that before.
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Summary of Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park is a novel written by Michael Crichton in 1990.
The story was widely popularized by the Steven Spielberg blockbuster, released in 1993.
“God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs.”
The novel centers around the happenings at a new island research center and amusement park, where scientists have discovered a way to genetically engineer extinct dinosaur species based on DNA found within preserved mosquito fossils from the Jurassic era.
The premise is that, since the mosquitos bit live dinosaurs millions of years ago, remnants of the dinosaurs’ blood can still be found in certain types of fossils, thus giving scientists a complete genetic picture of the animal, and allowing them to produce them.
The novel is often acclaimed as a poignant metaphor for the inability of scientists to fully perceive the consequences of their action, and takes a crack at rampant scientific development and the ethical implications of such exploration.
“Living systems are never in equilibrium. They are inherently unstable. They may seem stable, but they’re not. Everything is moving and changing. In a sense, everything is on the edge of collapse.”
In the novel, Crichton follows the story of paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, who are discovered by the eccentric billionaire John Hammond and given a tour of the research island. Hammond is in the final stages of preparing the island as a large-scale, luxurious amusement park to showcase the dinosaurs, and stands to make a fortune from its development.
As Grant and Sattler tour the varying sections (showcasing diverse species of dinosaurs), things start to go awry. A thunderstorm destroys power to parts of the island, and several dangerous species, including velociraptors and a T-Rex, escape their confines and begin hunting people on the island.
The team of researches and administrators work to restor power (and order) to the island, and contain the dinosaurs, with limited success. In the end, the group is evacuated to mainland Costa Rica, and the airforce bombs the island.
All involved are detained by the US government, and there are hints that a mysterious pack of creatures has been spotted roaming the Costa Rican jungle, implying the escape of some of the dinosaurs.
This ending leaves room for the novel to continue in its sequel: The Lost World.
“And that’s how things are. A day is like a whole life. You start out doing one thing, but end up doing something else, plan to run an errand, but never get there. . . . And at the end of your life, your whole existence has the same haphazard quality, too. Your whole life has the same shape as a single day.”