Micro: A Novel

Micro: A Novel

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 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: 9780062227188
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 429
Sales rank: 728,882
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)

About the Author

Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was the author of the bestselling novels The Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery, Jurassic Park, Sphere, Disclosure, Prey, State of Fear, Next and Dragon Teeth, among many others. His books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, have been translated into forty languages, and have provided the basis for fifteen feature films. He wrote and directed Westworld, The Great Train Robbery, RunawayLookerComa and created the hit television series ER. Crichton remains the only writer to have a number one book, movie, and TV show in the same year.

Daniel H. Wilson is a Cherokee citizen and author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and its sequel Robogenesis, as well as ten other books. He recently wrote the Earth 2: Society comic book series for DC Comics. Wilson earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as master’s degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. He has published over a dozen scientific papers and holds four patents. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon.

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.


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


B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969

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Micro 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 282 reviews.
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
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.
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
Lots of twists and turns.
Zirkle 17 days ago
I’m no voracious reader. It usually takes me about a month to read a book of similar length because I get distracted by other things in my life. I finished this book in five days. I was constantly worried about what was going to happen to each of the characters. I wanted to know how Vin and Alyson would get their comeuppance. I wanted to know who would make it out alive. I’ve been reading a lot of YA novels recently, so when I read a book that I couldn’t predict even a few sentences ahead I was ecstatic. There were several characters that I thought for sure had what it took to make it out alive…and then they didn’t. There were times when I was frustrated by what I thought was going to finally get the kids to safety and times when Chriton used science that I had no idea about to save the day. There were only two things that I successfully predicted in this book. 1) half the named characters were going to die, but that’s essentially a given since this is a Chriton book. 2) one specific character was going to die. You’ll know him when you meet him. It isn’t broadcast, but it’s pretty obvious if you know anything action tropes. I love Michael Chriton’s characters. I’ve read several of his books and almost all of them are great. I say almost because Chriton has a habit of putting one infuriatingly useless character in all of his books. Micro is no different. These characters are almost certainly there to amplify how heroic the protagonists are, but they are also frequent announces to some nitpicky internet commenters.
WeeziesBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Micro" is a book that describes traveling to and from and living in in a microscopic world the scientists created where insects and flower pollen are gigantic and death and pain are just around the corner. Since the book is set in a rain forest type setting, there is an immense menu of insects and plant life to describe and use in the story line. The descriptions of injury and death are very graphic and were hard for me to listen to in many instances. They characters are interesting, though in many cases unlikeable. The idea of greed and money controlling scientific and innovative secrets is a somewhat familiar theme but no less distasteful. The investigation of the crimes, most notably murder, plays a minor role in the story but does keep it pulled together in a somewhat cohesive manner. This is one of my least favorite Crichton novels but it was well developed and full of action and mystery. I have rated this a 3.5 star book and recommend it to science fiction and medical thriller fans.
leyliagray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cover itself is a hint as to the plot of the story and the details about science, specifically biology, gave a depth to the book. Having the book set in Hawaii with the detective and some of the characters speaking pidgin was delightful. I had to chuckle when I read the pidgin, the authors managed to get it. Its not perfect but its enough. Its hard to do a review on this book without giving away too much. Much of my enjoyment came from reading the book blind. My only warning was that the book got a little graphic. I didn't pay the warning any heed but the visuals when I read it made me gasp audibly and cringe in my seat. Much like Jurassic Park, the environment that the authors throw you into is something that you would not normally imagine yourself in, much less the beauty and danger. The unknown made this book a pleasure to read. I couldn't help but visualize scenes from Jurassic Park and Honey I Shrunk the Kids while reading this. The dynamic of the main cast of characters was well put together. You have the one you admire, the one you feel wary of, the one you have a soft spot for, and the one you detest; among many others. The challenges each character goes through.. I can't help but think that the authors had a bit of fun planning and detailing each one. The details are what I appreciated. For readers who have read the book, you know what I'm talking about.The ending was a bit abrupt. Things wrapped up rather quickly but I think many may feel it was lacking because it left a lot of questions up in the air.RIP Crichton, you will be sorely missed.
Narilka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Micro is Crichton's final book, finished by Richard Preston after his death. Cambridge grad students are invited to Hawaii by a technology company to talk about cutting edge jobs in micro-biology. Through a short series of events the students are shrunk to a half inch high and thrown into the Oahu wilderness to fend for their lives.The book feels like part Honey I Shrunk the Kids and part Jurassic Park. It's a bit formulaic and the characters aren't as developed as a regular Crichton novel, both of which may be a result of him only partially completing the manuscript before his death. This aside, once the book got going it was hard to put down. I could see Hollywood turn this into a movie.
burnit99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A posthumously published book by the late Michael Crichton, completed by Richard Preston, this requires a bit more suspension of disbelief than most of his books (except the two I've read involving time travel). Most of his books have seemed at least theoretically possible with present technology. Here we have a group of young researchers who have been invited to get in on a new research opportunity that involves shrinking humans down to insect-size, to better explore the unseen world for new pharmacological products. This takes place in Hawaii. Events go off-kilter when they stumble across the unscrupulous CEO's hidden agenda for this technology (needless to say, it involves secret government contracts for new weaponry), and the CEO shrinks them down to easier eliminate them. They escape, but are stranded in the forested research area, miles from their only hope for being restored to normal size before they die due to "micro-bends". Not Crichton's best (one wonders how much of this is Richard Preston), but the harrowing trek through the Hawaiian undergrowth at miniscule size is tense, fast-paced and seems well-researched.
preetalina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't planning on reading this book. After reading Pirate Latitudes a few years ago, a "completed" book by Crichton that they "found" after he died (did the story change on this? That's what I recall reading after I finished that book), I thought that was the end of his legacy. Then all of a sudden I heard about this book coming out so I was extremely skeptical. It says at the end that the story was unfinished and that Richard Preston was selected to complete it.Then, when I was at the library the other day, I saw it among the New Books. I hesitated - I did love my old Crichton novels, I won't lie - and read the inside flap to find out what it was about. I found out it took place in Hawaii so I was sold. (If you'll notice my latest read books, most of them take place in Hawaii, which I'm currently obsessed with.)Now I will say that it didn't read like a typical Crichton book that I was used to, so I'm assuming it's way more Preston and much less Crichton. But in spite of myself, I really enjoyed it. It was definitely an adventure, and that's one of the reasons I've loved Crichton's books in the past. And adventure mixed with science? You've got me!I thought some of it was a bit predictable, but then in the middle it started getting wildly unpredictable, at least to me, so I really enjoyed that.I give Preston most of the credit for this one and will definitely be reading more of his stuff. In fact, I have The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story on my shelves waiting to be read. It could be coming up soon!Final say on this is 3.5 stars.
slagolas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anyone who knows and enjoys Crichton should enjoy this book which is essentially, like many of his others, a printed screen-play, potentially adapted to the big screen with minimal changes. Lots of action and adventure, and startlingly harsh treatment of characters, par for the course. Overall, very enjoyable, and a quick read. My only complaint would be that it seems surprisingly glaring that Crichton left this book unfinished. Which is surprising since Preston is a fully capable writer as well (I suggest Cobra Event for Crichton fans looking for something new). The conclusion leaves something to be desired. I almost got the impression that it was so close to complete that Preston never took ownership to truly dictate an ending, or something. It's hard to specify what exactly is missing from the ending, everything is wrapped up fairly neatly, but it still seemed a little unsatisfying.That said, the book is fun, and who knows, you might actually learn a little bit along the way.
SherylHendrix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A partially finished novel when Michael Crichton died, Micro was finished and published with the assistance of Richard Preston who did a good job of keeping the feel of a Crichton book in this techno-thriller. Small robots, dealt with for the second time by Crichton, are the crux of this problem in this horror story, which ends without total resolution. A good and fast read.
rexmedford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Crichton never wrote leteratrue, but there are a few classics in his vault, (Andromeda Strain for one)....but what he does write are page turners. Novels that grab you and keep you interested in what happens next. Sometimes predictable, but as always, there are a few twists along the way. He always seems to deal with a "real" technology, and loads his books with facts, well researched. That is what attracted me to his writing from the beginning. This novel, finished by Richard Preston, is no different, and its just as enjoyable. Who doesn't love a novel with a bibliography at the end? RIP Dr. Crichton. And thank you for making fun, factual fiction...
Renzomalo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must read for Crichton fans but somewhat of a disappointment in its formulaic plot and a lack of character development, both atypical of Crichton¿s former writings. I will not speak ill of the deceased but either Dr. Crichton was suffering and not himself when writing Micro or what he left was a rough draft rewritten by Richard Preston who, if true, drained the novel of its life and believably. It was packed ¿ somewhat awkwardly - with technical detail that failed to coalesce and transport us to another world, a critical impediment to the success of the novel.My personal Crichtonian high-water mark, Timeline, seamlessly transported us to Medieval France and educated us in the technology that got us there. Micro did no such thing. Timeline was a whirlwind tour of life and death in Medieval France; Micro was a compilation of "Jurassic Park "and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!" with a touch of "The Island of Doctor Moreau" thrown in for good measure. The world, I believe, already misses Dr. Crichton and will increasingly with each passing year. I do.
everfresh1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very schematic, very cliche. It's like a children story rewritten for adults. The only bright spot is a perspective of the insect world, which was quite interesting.