Anybody out there who hasn’t seen the movie “Jurassic Park”? Even *I* have seen it (admittedly years and years ago), so I figure most of you probably have as well. My foggy memories of the book including a lot of hub bub over amber, and a dramatic scene with kids in an industrial kitchen, being chased by scary dinosaurs.
It hadn’t really occurred to me that there was a Jurassic Park book. But, there is. In eighth grade science classes here, it’s required reading, so all three of my girls have read it. Two of the three totally loved it, and it’s one of daughter #3’s favorite books. After hearing its merits extolled so often, I decided to read it myself.
Jurassic Park — the book
The basic premise is that this crazy older businessman decides to start a theme park on an island off of Costa Rica. The attraction is dinosaurs. Not animatronic ones — real dinosaurs. People can visit and go on rides through the park, viewing actual prehistoric creatures. Businessman invites a group of people (including his two grandkids) to see the island shortly before it opens, but not surprisingly, things go wrong. Seriously wrong. Because really, dinosaurs were huge and powerful. It’s hard to imagine mere humans being able to effectively harness them..
I really enjoyed the book. It was full of action, and it was one of those books that I enjoyed picking up to read each time — reading it wasn’t a chore. There was quite a bit on the science involved in creating the dinosaurs and setting computers, and those parts quickly went over my head, but that’s okay. They’re not really integral to the story. Then there are long tirades about the dangers of science, especially when people get too big for their britches and move a little (or a lot) farther than they are ready to.
Read the book as a good adventure tale. And perhaps a cautionary one, too?
Have you read Jurassic Park, or seen the movie?