Author(s): Michael Crichton & Richard Preston
Micro is one of Michael Crichton’s last works, finished by Richard Preston and published posthumously. Crichton is the author of Jurassic Park and other interesting novels. In full disclosure, I only made it about halfway through the novel before I chose not to finish it. However, I think I can still deliver a decent review.
7 graduate students visit Nanigen, a science research company based in Hawaii, only to uncover dark secrets about the company. To protect his secrets, Vin Drake, head of the company, shrinks the students, planning to kill them. But they are rescued by another staff member and escape into the forest, where they have to battle insects and assassins.
Crichton’s pacing is something I love – he weaves together multiple storylines, giving the reader information exactly when it’s appropriate. His love of science and nature is clear in this story and he sometimes lets the grad students go off on long scientific rambles.
So much violence. I stopped reading because the story could hardly go a chapter without a killing or bloody, poisonous attack. Eventually it just became too much for me.
Lots of science talk. If you aren’t into a philosophy of nature and technology and humanity, mixed with tidbits about the habits of spiders, insects, ferns, and nanobots, don’t read it.
Pacing. Maybe it was just me, but Micro doesn’t have the same can’t-put-this-down pacing as Jurassic Park. I’m not sure if that was the overload of science or violence or both, but reading this novel felt like slogging through quicksand.
If you like Crichton’s stuff already, give this a try. If you’re totally new to him, go try Jurassic Park or the The Great Train Robbery first.
Have you read Micro? I’d love to hear what you thought about it!