Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
It’s August, and our summer reading program has been a roaring success! Part of the fun for the staff at the Marion Public Library was to have our own summer reading list. One of the suggestions was to read a book that we’d LIED about reading. For me, that was Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
With the upcoming movie release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I decided to break down and crack open the original Michael Crichton classic that launched the franchise – Jurassic Park. As an avid reader and an educated geologist, I’ve often recommended Jurassic Park to teens and adults looking for an intense adventure story, but I had no idea what I was missing out on!
The classic characters of lovable billionaire Jon Hammond, eccentric mathematician Ian Malcolm and steadfast paleontologist Alan Grant are pulling the story along with the scientists, engineers and of course, dinosaurs, but the characters are much more defined and diverse than the movie portrays them. Hammond is megalomaniac, Malcolm is brilliant (and sassy!), Grant not only likes kids but entertains them throughout the story. Raptor attacks, close calls with Pterosaurs, and not one but TWO Tyrannosaurus Rexes terrorize the characters as they try to escape Isla Nublar and prevent the dinosaurs from escaping to the mainland and wreaking havoc! I downloaded the book from Overdrive and read it while sitting in the parks around town – a perfect end of summer read to get your blood pumping and your heart racing towards adventure. Now to get my hands on the sequel, The Lost World!
--Lara, Children’s Library Assistant II