A Novel

Book - 2011
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Three men are found dead in the locked second-floor office of a Honolulu building, 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.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2011.
ISBN: 9780060873028
Characteristics: xiii, 429 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Preston, Richard 1954-


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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!!

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.

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.

Oct 17, 2015

Loved this book. Was hard to put down.

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…???

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.

Apr 16, 2014

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

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!)

thebeadedlady Dec 28, 2013

It would be interesting to know exactly where the second author took over. This started out as a promising story, but the change in authorship is quite obvious in the second half of the book, and sadly there doesn't appear to have been much attempt to stick to Crichton's style. An average read

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Apr 16, 2014

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

Apr 16, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: suspense

Apr 16, 2014

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

Apr 16, 2014

Sexual Content: A brief sex scene(not graphic)


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Apr 16, 2014

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