Micro by Michael Crichton
A Novel

53%

11 Critic Reviews

Crichton's works might not have been good books, but they were good reads...Sadly, Micro is neither a good book nor a good read.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them.

An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Michael 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.

 

About Michael Crichton

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Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.
 
Published November 22, 2011 by Harper. 560 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, History, Religion & Spirituality, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Micro
All: 11 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 6

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Nov 21 2011

Crichton fans will miss any sense of a larger scientific moral in what amounts to a high-tech 21st-century version of The Incredible Shrinking Man.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Chip Etier on Nov 28 2011

Seamless. I could not distinguish Crichton’s writing from that of his successor-writer, Richard Preston...This story kept me turning pages. I zipped through over 400 pages in just a few hours.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Nov 16 2011

...Micro is yet another terrifically entertaining Crichton thriller and — thanks to Richard Preston — we're lucky to have it.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara on Dec 15 2011

Preston has done an admirable job of weaving a seamless story from Crichton’s detailed notes...the writing keeps you engaged.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Jeff VanderMeer on Nov 28 2011

...the entire novel functions as a well-oiled but oddly soulless machine. All of the edges have been sanded off of prose that is supremely functional

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by Robert Wiersema on Dec 04 2011

Crichton's works might not have been good books, but they were good reads...Sadly, Micro is neither a good book nor a good read.

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Entertainment Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Keith Staskiewicz on Dec 28 2011

It feels fully like something Crichton would have written...the ­characters are underdeveloped, and the research can be ostentatious.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Mark Sanderson on Nov 27 2011

...no one ever read a Michael Crichton novel for the prose style...Richard Preston has done a fine job of maintaining the low standard.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Patrick Anderson on Nov 22 2011

The authors go over the top sometimes, as when one character is swallowed by a bird...Heroic but improbable rescues ensue.

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From Left to Write

Good
Feb 06 2012

The micro-world of dangerous ants and poisonous plants became much more fascinating thanks to Crichton and Preston.

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Life Is Story

Good
Reviewed by Josh Olds on Feb 05 2012

Micro is a truly immersive thriller, taking readers to a place they’ve probably never been before and showing them the true terrors that surround them

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