Book Review: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

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. . .

Jurassic Park is a story I have been aware of for a long time, in fact watching the film is one of my first true memories of going to the cinema. I remember being absolutely terrified as the raptors chased the kids through the building and finding the whole thing amazing.

Despite that I had never actually got round to reading the book, it had instead remained on ‘one day I’ll get a copy’ list for years. For Christmas my lovely husband not only bought me a copy to read but got me the wonderful Folio Society edition. Its so beautiful and an absolute joy to read, lovely thick pages and lays open by itself.

The story was pretty much as I expected having seen the film several times over the years, there was Jurassic Park and escaped Dinosaurs and a car up a tree – all the bits I remembered.

Yes there were a few changes as well because when is a film adaptation ever truly faithful to its book predecessor. For me the biggest change was John Hammond – the Hammond in the book was a lot more ruthless. Happy to lie, manipulate and sacrifice others for what he believed all while taking no responsibility for his actions, film Hammond was a lot softer even if he did have some of those traits underlying everything.

I really enjoyed reading it, it had the same transporting effect of the film but with a few more serious messages about science and how we use it thrown in. ‘Life will find a way’ was a message used in the film as well but the book hammers home our human vulnerabilities more.

Well worth a read if you enjoyed the film and I’m glad I’ve finally read it. Now I need to decide which Crichton book to try next.