Official Goodreads Synopsis
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price. Until something goes wrong. . . .
Warning – One of my FAVORITES
My all time favorite movie growing up was Jurassic Park. It seemed ridiculous that I hadn’t chosen this as my Bookclub pick until my second turn. It being my favorite movie and then one of my favorite books made me give it a very biased 4 Stars and 1 Brontosaurus!
If you have only seen the movie then you’re in for a treat. This story is not the one you see popping up every so often on USA and Bravo.
This book is a genetic science textbook disguised as a fantasy novel. It’s like reading the scientific version of Alice in Wonderland. The jargon is at times difficult to follow and Mr. Crichton can get a little carried away with all the science.
We start the story off with reports of strange animal attacks near an island off the coast of Costa Rica. The island, Isla Nublar is housing the construction of a large resort/theme park being funded by billionaire John Hammond (who is the polar opposite to Richard Attenborough’s depiction⬇)
This leads us to Hammond seeking the help of scientists to determine whether or not his “biological preserve” will be safe and successful, for the lawyers. (that part was the same)
We have Doctor Alan Grant, a paleontologist and his graduate student, Ellie Sattler, majoring as a paleobotanist who are essentially bribed up by Hammond, promising to fund their failing dig. On their way to Costa Rica, they pick up the overly full-of-himself Ian Malcolm, a mathematician specializing in chaos theory (which when talked about is like reading another language entirely) who, might I add, is not the Geeky-Chic version that Jeff Goldblum brought to the silver screen. The literary version of Ian Malcolm is wearing head to toe black but none of it the same shade, even black running shoes. And he’s also described as prematurely balding.
And then we have Donald Gennaro who, in the film was the sniveling, me-first lawyer. The novel version on the other hand, let’s just say you aren’t as excited to see him go as you were in the film.
I could sit here all day and go through the differences from the book to the movie but that’s not a review that’s a compare.
The plot itself was easy to follow however when the scientists talked to each other, the dialog, specifically from Malcolm talking about chaos theory became a little tricky.
The dinosaurs described have personalities and purpose beyond the walking eating machines usually depicted in movies. They have a need to be free, no longer caged. The theme of the story is that nature cannot be contained no matter how hard you try, it will find a way.
If you have seen the movie, trust me, very little will be spoiled when you read the book. If anything some of the characters stand out more since they aren’t having to share screen time and they aren’t there to be love interests, comedy relief or otherwise.
Still one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy it too!