Jurassic Park

Jurassic ParkJurassic Park by Michael Crichton

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When Jurassic World came out, and one of my children got really interested in dinosaurs, I got interested in the original book of Jurassic Park and came across it at the library.

Crichton relies heavily on dramatic irony – the audience knowing what’s coming while the characters don’t. The story and pacing are well done.

The whole work is designed to extol chaos theory. Mankind cannot control nature. Life will find a way to break through any barriers or control we try to impose. This assertion flies in the face of God’s call to humanity to fill and subdue the earth, to tend nature.

On the other hand, there is a healthy rebuke of the pride and presumption of modern science, easily assuming it is right, can’t be wrong, and nothing could go wrong because WE are doing it. If we have figured out HOW to do a thing (cloning, for example) then we should do it, for the glory or the money or whatever, no matter the possible harm it could do. We don’t have the maturity to handle the knowledge we have so quickly attained.

Yet the book encourages the wonder of science and discovery in the characters of the children and the archaeologists.

A decent read for a plane ride, but there is plenty better stuff out there.

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