Crichton's "page-turning triumph" ("Detroit Free Press") is now in paperback. Deep in the Nevada desert, an experiment goes horribly wrong as a cloud of self-sustaining nanoparticles escapes from the laboratory. They have been programmed as predators and mankind is the prey.
Ahhh... evil robots on the warpath!!! One day they will take their revenge on their thoughtless human masters!!!
Sheesh, this malarkey was old back when Jesus was playing full back for Jerusalem, (and wasn't he good, nothing got by him) and combine this with wooden characters, and an ending Blind Freddy saw coming and what have you got? A waste of the one original(ish) idea...
Ol' Mike: Nanotechnology eh? I know! Let's take the old 'rampaging robots' idea, but this time LET'S MAKE 'EM REALLY SMALL!
Prey is a good novel by Michael Crichton, but not one of his best. Its still very enjoyable, so don't get me wrong. I found the ending a little unfulfilling, but thats my opinion. The story is based on Nanotechnology, gone wrong! Its very suspensefull throughout the book, until the ending, which for me ended too sharply.
I hated it. The plot sucked, the storyline had no substance and the whole thing was utterly predictable.
When Crichton tells a story in first person, it always sucks. He tried to get us to identify with the characters, but all the extraneous character development sucked away what little quality the story had.
Only read this if you've promised to read all of his books before you die. Otherwise save your time and money.
Reviewed by Lee Pletzers,
ISBN: 0-06-101572-5, Copyright 2002 Michael Crichton, Published by Avon Books.
Sometimes you come across a Crichton book that absolutely rocks, like Timeline, and sometimes you come across a book that just simply dies in mid-a, like Congo.
Prey lingers somewhere in the middle of utter crap and total brilliance. This book has some exciting moments and contains a heap of humor that is actually funny, which does as it should--it relaxes the tension. The only thing of concern is the lack of tension in the first place.
The book is about Jack, a software writer who ends up being a house-dad and raising the kids when he gets fired from work. His wife, Julia, is working for a company called Xymos Technology and they are making great advancements in nano robotic technology. So much so that the nano particles are starting to evolve. But the experiment has gone wrong. During their evolving, the nanoparticles broke free of the safety precautions set into their programming buy their makers. And now they are self producing and flocking. They attack anything that moves and kills outright.
They call Julia’s husband, Jack, to help them get the situation under control. The company is using Jack’s old software to program the nanoparticles. It is a program that learns from experience. And the nanoparticles are learning way too fast.
Jack is against a wall almost straight away; information is being held from him; parts of the code has vanished and Ricky (the head honcho) is not aiding Jack’s efforts. He seems to be against Jack wanting to destroy the nanoparticles as that is the only way to stop them. Problem is, Jack doesn’t know how to kill them. But they know how to kill him and the others in the main building. If only they could find a way inside…and the real slaughter could begin.
Crichton has really done his homework for this book. I think he must have spent every spare second researching this topic. It is a great topic with hundreds of possibilities. The problem with the book begins when Jack gets to Xymos and starts work. The author leaps into deep explanations of everything technical. This info is probably needed but it is damn boring when the reader is ready for the action and having enough background to keep the story flowing and believable. This extra info could be added to the end of the book like an index and glossary and then we could have cut 70 pages of over-explanation from killing the story flow.
This is a highly technical book and not for those suffering from techno-phobia. Lighten up on the explanations (readers are not idiots), we can grip the scene being played out, especially from such a talented writer as Michael Crichton.
This is a ripper... we begin with a riveting view of a marriage under pressure, but it soon moves swiftly into Crichton techno-thriller territory. A cloud of self-sustaining nanoparticles is free and looking to take out everybody at a secret facility in the Nevada desert. I think this is one of Crichton's best....
An interesting and original premise for a tecnological thriller by the very clever Michael Crighton. As usual Crighton writes with well researched and detailed knowledge of his subject matter. His fluent and comprehensive style is typically reflected in this novel. The plotline underlines the trend of modern times for humankind's fascination for manipulating and engineering every facet of our world be it the environment, inorganic or organic matter itself.
Fascinating and often terrifying in parts. A smart and interesting read.
Predicable. The plot twists are all to familiar; luckily the premise is not. A swarm of nanotechnological robots have malfunctioned, and their makers must struggle to contain them. But how do you contain something so small that it can burrow through skin? And what happens to those people the smarm have inhabited...?
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