Originally posted 2015-06-03 14:19:21.
Title: Jurassic Park
Author: Michael Crichton
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Jurassic World (Jurassic Park and The Lost World 1995)
Kid Friendly Rating: I would recommend this book to children that are at least in the 6th grade. See my final thoughts for more info!
Quite possibly one of the most detailed stories that I have ever read, Jurassic Park is easily in my top 10 of all time.
Unlike the movies Jurassic Park starts off from a nearly 100% scientific standpoint. The idea of a man who essentially has unlimited funds and Peter Pan syndrome builds a theme park where the guests are at best the lowest point of the food chain. It is an idea that will inevitably fail, as there is a reason that 65 million years separates modern human beings from dinosaurs.
It’s hard to explain everything that happens in the book, as it is far more involved then the movie by the same title. It should be noted however that The Lost World Jurassic Park has scenes within the movie itself that are directly pulled from is the original Jurassic Park novelization. The same goes for Jurassic Park 3, and I am certain that Jurassic world will have much the same issue.
While the park obviously breaks down and about 116 animals now run wild, the interaction they have with human beings takes not only an obvious predator verses prey relationship, it also brings to light the ideas of what would happen if human beings were to coexist with an intelligent predator such as Velociraptors. I do not wish to expand on this too far only because that would actually be a spoiler that might ruin part of the book… However the interactions with the less intelligent predatory animals such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dilophosaurus, and the Compys take on exactly the light that you would expect… And it is freaking amazing.
I truly wish that the movie had stuck closer to this storyline as it would be much more grandiose.
Unlike the movie the book seems to stay more true to form and exacting in revenge when it comes to humans playing God. The scientific aspect of these actions are gripping and utterly captivating if you are the type of person that likes to hear a dry story so that you may gain a better perspective of the world that the author is creating for you. However, if you are someone that does not have the patience for such things you should probably just stick to the movie.
I know this is not much of a synopsis but I feel that I would do this book an injustice if I simply told you everything what would happen. As I am essentially the king of spoilers I find myself torn… Part of me once tell you everything about the book and giggle like a little kid if you are in the middle of reading this and I ruined it, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. So I’ll leave it like this, if you go somewhere where humans are out of their element in animals that dominated the plan it for 250 million years roam about willy nilly you are going to freaking die, and most of the people in this book do.
The only reason that I can feasibly say that this book is not more kid friendly is simply because the first third of this novel is very scientifically inclined. This would lead to, what I consider, too much of a read for anyone that is not in at least 6th grade. The scenes that are most graphic or violent are fairly limited, and only state what would obviously happen with perhaps the most notable exception coming towards the latter 50 pages of the book. Sorry kiddos but Dr Henry Wu doesn’t make it.
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