Micro

Micro

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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In Jurassic Park, he created a terrifying new world. Now, in Micro, Michael Crichton reveals a universe too small to see and too dangerous to ignore.

In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye.

In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier.

But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself.

An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by visionary science writer Richard Preston, this boundary-pushing thriller melds scientific fact with pulse-pounding fiction to create yet another masterpiece of sophisticated, cutting-edge entertainment.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062094735
0062094734
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 429 p.) :,maps
Additional Contributors: Preston, Richard 1954-
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LeJitt
Nov 10, 2018

Just read a comment on another Crichton novel complaining that it was a chain of suspenseful events, each one more unbelievable than the preceding ones. I disagreed with that criticism of 'Sphere', which I found entirely believable and fascinating. Ironically, however, I found it more applicable to this final offering from the late-great author. I almost bailed early on, but I'm glad I didn't because I found that once I got past the notion that this was Tom Thumb Times Nine, I devoured the story with ravenous satisfaction. I particularly liked the horrific joy I got from the part about the hornet's chimney, so graphically explicit that I was in utter awe! Really a good read and fun to guess which parts were Crichton himself and which were contributed by the post-mortem substitute author, whose name escapes me because I haven't read anything else by the guy. I recommend you keep reading even if, like me, you find it somewhat incredulous in the early going. It turns into a fascinating, intricately detailed story, which Crichton was such a master of.

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Zozzy
Jul 07, 2018

I really enjoyed this book! I thought that the entire concept was really cool and it really got me thinking about how much of nature and the world we still haven't explored. I would have liked it if more of the characters had stayed alive and also if the ending was better wrapped up/explained because it did leave me with a few questions. Overall I really enjoyed this book and the story line and I got really hooked into it and was really cheering for the characters. A good read!!

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jachayden
Jan 23, 2018

"Honey, I shrunk the graduates."

I was disappointed that the description of this book was very misleading about the actual storyline. I wouldn't have wasted my time if I'd known. Lots of plot holes, some of which are actually pointed out in the book. Odd. Not impressed.

Completed 1/22/18.

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JaneMM
Nov 15, 2017

I agree - it would be interesting to see where the second author took over from Crichton.
I found the story to be too long - too much detail - too gory in parts. It could have been condensed and not made too much difference to the story. Great for anyone who wants the close up details of insects in Hawaii and their destructive behaviour. Why did the author kill off so many of the characters??? I am surprised that there was anyone left by the end of the book!!

PimaLib_ArturoM Feb 08, 2016

I read Michael Crichton's Micro back when it was first on PCPL's Express shelf, and I immediately loved it. As usual, Crichton's thorough research illuminates the reader's view through the dark roller coaster ride that is his writing, giving both insight into the story and to our daily lives. Don't skip this one! Even though Preston doesn't quite nail Crichton's voice the entire time, it is still worth a read.

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di0nysus
Oct 17, 2015

Loved this book. Was hard to put down.

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q730az
Aug 15, 2014

I can't understand why he's no longer with us and I still am. How could one man accomplish so much in his short time with us is amazing. To have time to write SEVEN books while being an honors student at Harvard Med School?? That just proves how inadequate the rest of us are.

I liked this book. Nanotechnology is with us now in our shampoo and so many other products. We need to think and know what it's implications are because we instantly absorb these products into our bodies…What are they doing to us? Will they turn us into…???

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JennM76
May 23, 2014

I thought this story was fascinating. I've never thought about life at the micro level, and I always walk away from his books feeling like I've learned something. It might not be the best Crichton book ever, but judged on its own merit it was quite good.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

This is the first novel I have read where Crichton disappointed me.

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MamaBlair
Mar 27, 2014

I found it initially hard to get into this book as it's very much a mans story (not much character development) but once people started getting killed off you can't help but get sucked in. Bit of a disappointing end but maybe that's because I wanted it to keep going! How is this not a movie? It'd make an amazing CGI feast for the eyes (...no pun intended!)

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JihadiConservative
Apr 16, 2014

Violence: A lot of gore, dismemberment, incineration ect...

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: suspense

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Coarse Language: Tons of F-bombs as well as Sh*t and much more

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Apr 16, 2014

Sexual Content: A brief sex scene(not graphic)

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