Bookreview: Micro by Michael Crichton
I don’t nearly read enough books I have to say. Most of the time I am submerged in a cookbook or a recipe magazine or something along those lines, so the times when I do read an actual book. I want it to be a good one. I had Micro on my shelf for quite a while when I picked it up just very recently.
It was a boring and rainy sunday so what better to do than grab a book and start reading…. To give you an idea what the book is about I have copied the synopsis from the official Michael Crichton website. That is also when I learned that he died in 2008 and this particular book has been finished by Richard Preston as it wasn’t when he died.
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.
Published in 2011 posthumously, Micro was completed by science writer Richard Preston.
So not a new book by any means but still totally worth picking up a copy. And… I also just saw that the filmrights have been bought by Steven Spielberg in 2015. I was actually wondering why there was no movie yet as I think it is totally worth it. I can already picture it in my mind’s eye…