Micro: A Novel

Micro: A Novel

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by Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
     
 

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In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in

Overview

In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Michael Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062094735
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
21,039
Lexile:
HL700L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. His novels include Micro, Prey, State of Fear, Timeline, Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. He died in 2008 at the age of sixty-six.


Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie, and TV show simultaneously. At the time of his death in 2008, Crichton was well into the writing of Micro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Richard Preston is the internationally bestselling author of eight books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 23, 1942
Date of Death:
November 4, 2008
Place of Birth:
Chicago, Illinois
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969
Website:
http://www.michaelcrichton.net/

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Micro 3.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 262 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been prompted to write a review before, but I wanted to warn other Crichton fans (and ANY reader of the genre in general) that this is one ridiculous stinker of a book. Starts off OK, but once the whole premise (and subsequent ripping-off of 'Fantastic Voyage') commences, it goes into the area of juvenile college boys 'n girls adventure & cliches, nefarious corporate evil-doers, and reads more like an episode of the late 1970's cartoon 'Josie and the Pussycats' (I was going to use 'Scooby Doo, where are you?', but that would be too generous). Don't waste your time or your money on this one.
JeanLW More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't give this book a try because of all of the bad reviews it has...but I certainly am glad that I did. I guess every well-known author has pretentious followers, haha. I read the book very quickly and loved every page! I think if the premise sounds interesting to you, you should definitely give it a shot. loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book was pitched as an unfinished manuscript when Chrichton died in '08, to be completed by another author. I wont bash the author since it has to be hard to complete a story begun by someone else. Ive read everything by Chrichton, and his voice is missing from this one. I think it got lost in the rewrites. Another book that Chrichton started before he died was Pirate Latitudes, and his voice survived the completion. Funny that someone said it felt like a nasty version of Honey, I shrunk the kids, because I had the same reaction. I really felt they jumped the shark on this one and ended up way out there. Chrichton always spun a high tech thriller that just walked the line making you say " just maybe...". This one was so far fetched it was just plain sci-fi. The only chracter I enjoyed was the Hawiian Detective who I pictured as Graham Green (yes i know hes american indian). I had trouble caring about anyone else. There were characters that were like extras, only there to be killed off, like a slasher flick. Im glad i didnt have to buy the hardcover to not like it. It just didnt work for me.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
This is the second "last" book by Michael Crichton, his first was "Pirate Latitudes" published in 2009. This novel was finished by Richard Preston after Crichton's death in 2008. The addition of a new author made me wary, but I had no reason to be trepidatious. This feels like classic Michael Crichton. High-tech science is misused, lives are endangered, page-turning excitement ensues. I love Michael Crichton's style - I can devour his books like no other, this is no exception. Not sure how much of this is Preston's work - it blends seamlessly with Crichton's. Astounding really. I plan on checking out more books by Richard Preston in the future. If you're looking for an entry point, this is as fine a place to start as any; although my favorites are still: "The Andromeda Strain", "Airframe", "Timeline", and of course both "Jurassic Park" books. Fans of Michael Crichton know what to expect and should jump right in, don't bother reading the synopsis on the dust jacket, it gets a little too close to giving away plot points. This book would make a fine movie (also: expensive) and the ending certainly makes me hope for more. Perhaps Preston can pick up the mantle? I don't know how many more half-finished stories or ideas Michael Crichton has left behind, but if this really is the last, it's worthy of his name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrible. Why would I want to read a rehashed novel (lose term) of a movie made in the 80's with Rick Moranis? So bad I started skipping sections of text 300 pages in and ultimately stopped reading. The plot is boring and unoriginal, the characters never get developed beyond the obvious opposites attract love interest. He should be charged with plagiarism. Or you could call is sampling. Watch out for those ants...
UNIONBEACHBUM More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton was always one step ahead. He was our Jules Verne and HG Wells. I'm glad they finished it for him and don't complain, it's hard to finish up what someone else started. The book is entertaining and educating and will make a GREAT MOVIE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The way it ended tho;sequel?
hoyboy-books More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite. Even though it had some interesting tidbits abut how we look to insect and plant life when we are smaller than them, to me it was like reading a version of " honey I shrunk the kids" lost interest in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I was skeptical about the topic, I believe this book was one of M.C.'s best. Only he could take the paradise of Oahu and turn it into a biological nightmare. This book belongs among the ranks of Timeline, Andromeda Strain and Next. This book is a definite must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so poorly written that it was almost painful to read. It is so empty, predictable and boring. The characters are plain and stereotyped. There is no emotion ANYWHERE to be found. You will feel no attachment to any of the characters. Ugh. Please trust me - you will not enjoy this book! Wish I didn't have to give it one star in order to post my review - it's not worthy of even one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not read like a crichton book. With nearly every other one of his books i get to the end of the book and i will look up the scientific theories used in the book. Here it just felt like they made some crap up and put it in a book. When i normally read Crichton i can tell it was done by someone with knowledge on the subject and some research had been done. This was just sloppy.
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
Lots of good premises at beginning that were not expanded on or taken advantage of. Some fun facts about insects etc., but mostly unsuspenseful and unthrilling. Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Not a real Crichton book. Couldn't wait to finish it and get on to my next read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find Michael Crichton is alot like John Grisham in that they are very talented yet both have written some duds that should have never been published. Micro is not one of these duds. The characters are very believable and the research on the plant and insect life was very educational. Also the change of physics from normal life as we know it to the minuture world just adds more suspense to a very good plot.
Anonymous 15 days ago
This is a good book but you can tell when it switches authors
Anonymous 8 months ago
This story has all the elements that made Crichton great - advanced technology, natural sciences, evildoers, and the others fighting against them. Unfortunately at the end it has one crying for more. Great writing shouldn't end like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing more ridiculous than the plot is the dialog. There is absolutely no character development either. Don't waste your time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps your interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Depressing and gory. Wasted my money. Selected due to MC had written it. No way - was too stupid and unbelievable. A real downer. Gave it one star because review won't let you give zero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Juvenile. Predictable. MC must have added name as favor to Preston witho rading it first.
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Crichton and co. have done their research!
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;)not the best story i read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book, I though oh no I am not going to like this. But I continued and loved it.  The way it ended sound like another book would follow.  Does anyone know if there is another book that follows this storyline?