by Michael Crichton
I was so excited to read this book. I have seen the movie countless times and thought it would be pretty cool to actually read the material it is based upon, and it did not disappoint. So be prepared for a few movie comparisons. I can’t really help that because of how much I enjoyed the film. And with that said, I’ll also be mindful of the points of the book as well.
So a couple things that stuck me is how different some of the characters are from their counterparts in the film. For me John Hammond does not come across as the likable grandfather figure. He is a man very motivated by money. He is devoid of any reasonable thoughts concerning his park or the dangers. Another character that I have to mention is Alexis or Lex; she is quite possibly the most annoying character I’ve come across yet in a book. There are moments in the book where I’m hoping that she would be eaten by a dinosaur. These two were the only ones I felt were really changed for the film.
The motivations are very different and varied for many of the people in the book. The pride of man in creating these dinosaurs, and not asking the question of, if they should. Greed is also a big motivational factor. This is represented in the corporate espionage and is one of the main factors for what happens in the park. Hammond is also guilty of greed when all he can think about is how much money all those kids will bring them when they visit his park. There are a lot of complex individuals and that makes for a great story.
I cannot stress enough that the book is scarier than the movie. The interactions between the various dinosaurs and people are intense and edge of your seat moments. You can really feel the terror of the kids especially. The biggest hang up that this story has is the computers. You can’t help but notice that computer technology is front and center in this story. Many of the plot lines revolve around computers or the lack of knowledge about computers. The only problem with that is when technology progresses, some of those things become very dated. And that’s only a mild complaint from an otherwise amazing book. Definitely give this one a read.