The Lost World by Michael Crichton

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I read Jurassic Park last summer and was completely enthralled in the world of dinosaurs. So, it was obvious that my choice this summer was to continue the adventure with its sequel, The Lost World.

The Lost World was actually written after Jurassic Park the film came out. It is set about 5 years after JP.

Let’s rewind a bit, shall we? For those who have no clue what JP is about, basically John Hammond, a really rich (we talkin’ billions) elderly man, and his group of scientists had gotten a hold of dinosaur DNA. What on earth was John doing with this strand of DNA, you ask? His plan was to clone several species of dinosaurs and open a dinosaur-themed amusement park where, for a fee, the public can enter and marvel and interact with the different species. You can guess how THAT turns out, right?

The Lost World features the same cast of characters more or less while introducing a few new ones. The main plot is that a bunch of strange carcasses are washing up onto Costa Rican shores and scientists are going nuts hypothesizing what this might mean. One scientist in particular, Richard Levine, is determined to go and solve this mystery.

I found the pacing of the novel to be slow and redundant. The majority of the book sets up the legalities and background of the first novel. The imagery was one of my favorite things because it built so much suspense and I could literally SEE what was going on inside my head; that was GREAT.

I do prefer the first over this second one. I gave The Lost World ♥♥♥

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