Book Review: Jurassic Park

Many people know Jurassic Park the movie but the novel by Michael Crichton should not be forgotten. Before the novel and movie adaption, there weren’t many good stories about dinosaur and now, Jurassic Park is a household franchise. Find out why you should read the classic novel that inspired the multi-billion dollar franchise!

Jurassic Park: Summary

In the year 1989, a few people are introduced to Jurassic Park. It is an island inhabited by various species of dinosaurs that has been turned into a theme park. The dinosaurs have been cloned using dinosaur DNA found in amber and the missing genetic codes have been filled in with DNA from modern animals that have similar DNA. And all the dinosaurs on the island are female in order to control the population.

Jurassic Park book cover
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton book review

The theme park is not open to the public because of some prior incidents. John Hammond, billionaire and founder of International Genetic technologies, the company that created the park, has some people visit the island to ensure that it is safe for the public. Some of the people visiting include Hammond’s own grandchildren and world reknown chaos theorist Ian Malcolm.

The visitors explore the park and are shown the safety measures in place. However, the dinosaurs prove to be smart at adapting and fast learners. That puts the visitors in danger and it is up to them to stop the dinosaurs from escaping the island and reaching the mainland.

Commentary

This is a timeless classic that has turned into one of the biggest movie franchises of all time. Recently, Jurassic World Dominion was released and that was the sixth movie in the franchise. The franchise has made over $6 billion at the worldwide box office.

Jurassic Park World Dominion movie trailer

Michael Crichton is the mastermind behind this amazing novel and there is something about dinosaurs that we as a society love. Combine that with an amusement and dinosaurs escaping and people are not going to be able to resist a novel. Especially when it is written by a great author like Crichton.

I have come back to this novel time and time again and it always feel fresh. The pacing and the writing make it worth coming back to. Not many books make me want to revisit them but for some reason, Jurassic Park is a guilty pleasure of mine and I can’t wait till the next time I read it again!

Jurassic Park novel kindle version

Conclusion

The novel is much better than the movie so if you have only watched the movies, than you are missing out. The movies leave out some scenes and with the novel, you get ton really feel like you are there. It is no wonder the novel and the movies are still thriving two decades later.

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