“Prey” by Michael Crichton // Book Review

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In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles — micro-robots — has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.


“We think we know what we are doing. We have always thought so.” 



I knew Michael Crichton just because of the book “Jurassic Park” (which I did not read, I only saw the movie, like many people I think). So, when I found this novel in a little free library I wanted to discover him and his writing.

I know now that he is a very technical author, probably too much for my taste. We feel that there is a lot of research behind his stories. The problem for me as a reader, I had a hard time taking pleasure in my reading. Too many terms and technical/scientific explanations gave me the impression to attend a course …

And what about the characters in the story? I had a hard time appreciating them, I had some sympathy for Jack, the main character. But his wife, not at all…

This novel is about nano-technology, human knowledge, relationships, future, state secrets, … Those topics that ultimately did not interest me at all. If I liked the first pages of the book I got really bored aafterward. That’s why I prefer to stop my review here, no need to dwell more on the book.

Many may and have liked “The prey”, but for me it was way too technical!





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