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In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead, covered in ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot. In the lush forests of Oahu, trillions of microorganisms are being discovered, feeding a search for priceless drugs. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students are recruited by a microbiology start-up and dispat ...more
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Nov 26, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you believe in redemption?

We often abandon authors once they disappoint us, and Michael Crichton never really found his way again after 1990's Jurassic Park. In fact, in his later works Crichton seemed to spiral out of control, so I'd more or less given up on him. And I don't think I was the only one. Thankfully, Crichton's new book Micro could easily be adapted for film, suggesting that he had returned to form before he passed away in 2008.

There will be a temptation to compare Micro to Prey,
Jan 09, 2015 Mandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment. I stopped halfway - I really couldn't continue. I've never been irritated by a book before; I'm assuming it's because of my expectations—an unfinished Crichton novel! But this isn't Crichton: whoever Mr Preston is, he's a cheap impostor who uses words like 'goop', 'gunk' and 'goo'. Crichton didn't.

But then there's the technology. Crichton's time travel had consequences on a quantum level, and made sense in its own reality-distorted sense. Timeline may have been a mainly hi
May 01, 2016 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Πέρασα ωραία διαβάζοντας τον Μικρόκοσμο. Εντάξει έχει αρκετά θεματάκια σαν βιβλίο. Η πλοκή είναι λίγο έως πολύ προβλέψιμη και επίσης η υπόθεση από την αρχή δεν στέκει. Π.χ. Ο κακός αντί να σκοτώσει τους ήρωες επιτόπου, αποφασίζει να τους κάνει μικροσκοπικούς –ναι, για να τους σκοτώσει- και φυσικά του ξεφεύγουν και τους χάνει!!! Θέματα έχει και ο αφηγηματικός λόγος, που μόνο λόγο συγγραφέα θυμίζει. Είναι πιο απλός και από 7χρονου.
Παρόλα αυτά τον στόχο του τον πέτυχε. Το διάβασα για να περάσω καλά
Jul 31, 2013 Marvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
There should be a law against authors finishing up other authors' books. It never ends well.

But I do not think Richard Preston did all that much damage to the novel. In fact, from the unfinished introduction by Michael Crichton at the beginning of the book, Crichton appears to be in his preachy mode as he was in his most annoying books like his Japanophobic Rising Sun and his rant against the idea of global warming titled State of Fear. The fact that Crichton was already writing an intro may be
Kostas Papadatos
Apr 17, 2016 Kostas Papadatos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O -Μικρόκοσμος- είναι ένα πολύ διασκεδαστικό βιβλίο γεμάτο περιπέτεια. Παρά τις κακές κριτικές που έχει εισπράξει, εγώ το απόλαυσα. Εντάξει, εννοείται ότι το θέμα του δε βρίθει πρωτοτυπίας (παρέα φοιτητών συρρικνώνεται και παλεύει για την επιβίωση) και ότι ο Crichton δεν ανακάλυψε τον τροχό, αλλά αν μη τι άλλο οφείλω να παραδεχτώ πως είναι αρκετά καλογραμμένο και προσφέρει ταυτόχρονα αρκετές πληροφορίες για τον φυσικό κόσμο. Χαλαρό ανάγνωσμα,το προτείνω.
Feb 14, 2012 Nadia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommends
"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" meets "And Then There Were None" in this lame attempt at pseudo-science fiction. Now, I'm all for the suspension of disbelief, but a magnetic field that shrinks people and machines down to half an inch, in seconds, without any kind of structural damage? Please. Dinosaurs, time machines, nano bots, no problem. But a shrink ray is going to take a bit more convincing. Shall I add that the idea of having seven grad students in the same lab, all of whom happen to be working ...more
May 10, 2012 Bruce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmm
That was lame. Good thing Michael Crichton was dead, so he wasn't around for this piece of junk. A lot of Crichton's books have a far-fetched wacky sciency central idea, but he somehow made them interesting and they worked. (view spoiler) ...more
George Ashmore
M.C. wrote facinating fiction while alive--will see how he does with the handicap of death. Optimistic. Ok, no longer optimistic. It started interesting but lacked M C's attention to scientific detail and storytelling ability. I have read books like this where a loved author started it and someone else finished. Sometimes good, rarely great. In this instance, not so great. An ok read but disappointing to to its anchestry and my hopes. A book contract was fulfilled, some money was made, library f ...more
Will M.
Jun 18, 2014 Will M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this about a month ago, and only now have I realized that this needs a better review from me. For a Crichton (or half a Crichton) novel, this really has a low rating. At first I couldn't understand why, because this really has to be one of my favorite novels.

After reading a lot of reviews, I realized that people were rating this book based on their past experience with Crichton's novels. I will be honest and say that this was my first novel of Crichton, so maybe that's the reason for my l
Jan 18, 2012 Kenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-scifi
Michael Crichton was an idea guy and apparently a busy man. So far, two books have been published with his name on them after his death. The first, Pirate Latitudes, was completed by Crichton, though the writing is uneven and thus it was probably edited after his death.

Micro is another story. Clearly, the writing style in the first third of the book is Crichton's, with emphasis on the "gee whiz" scientific aspects of the story that so often (and welcomely) permeates his books. The last two third
Susan May
Aug 06, 2015 Susan May rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I was really happy to discover a last Michael Crichton book, but what a disappointment. This is not Crichton. It's like a high school student wrote it. As a writer, I'm putting it in my will that nobody can finish any unfinished books of mine after seeing what they've done with this. What a shame. I can see where the new author kicked in writing this & it is not good.
3.5 stars out of 5.

This book can be summed up in one gif -

Disclaimer: A little suspension on disbelief is required by the reader to read Micro (or any other MC book, for that matter).

Nanigen is a robotics company which recruits seven graduate students (each from a different field) as part of its research team. Nanigen is light-years ahead in its technology, seeing as how its scientists have come up with a "tensor generator" which is able to shrink humans to micro sizes. Teams have been successf
Dec 03, 2011 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was awful! The premise is stupid. The writing is bad,the characters are flat. The only thing that sells this novel is Crichton's name. Unfortunately, the other guy probably wrote it.
Apr 05, 2012 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have no problem proclaiming my love and adoration of the late, great Michael Crichton. Where he has always lacked in characterization and crafting language, he has always told big stories with big ideas. He was first and foremost an ideas man, and much like Jules Verne 150 years earlier, the concepts took center stage while characters and whatnot hung back in the shadows, only peeking out when necessary to the plot.

This is probably my least favorite Crichton novel, and I've read them all (excl
Jul 22, 2015 Rade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
OK, before I start with my review i just want to point out that a movie based on this book is rumored to be in the works. I believe I read Disney bought the rights for it and the other Crichton's book called Pirate Latitudes. This could be good and bad since it is sure to be rated PG or PG-13 with minimum on screen violence. Basically, it could be just another version of Honey, I shrunk the Kids movie.

Anyway, on to the book. The concept of small humans surviving the environment and being chased
Tiff Miller
**There are some "kind-of" spoilers, but if you've read any Crighton, you won't be surprised. Just FYI**

I opened this book yesterday, and finished it before I went to bed. I couldn't put it down. The concept was intriguing, and the glimpse into the micro-world was pretty cool. Like all Crighton books, it's graphic and descriptive in its violence. It has some language, for sure. And there's even a giant boob. The dialogue was often cheesy and predictable, but some of it was great. Of course, near
Kristine Muslim
May 28, 2013 Kristine Muslim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one sitting today. Then I realized that there would be no more new Michael Crichton books after I finish his other posthumous novel, and what a sad finality to have to finally read what Crichton was reportedly working on when he was battling cancer. Now I'll simply have to make do with rereading his previous books. The choice of Richard Preston, the guy who wrote the harrowing The Hot Zone and oh-yes-yes Cobra Event and whose pedigree includes being a brother to don't-get-me-start ...more
This book deserves a 3.5 stars. As I said, as a long time Crichton fan, I probably came equipped with an overly high expectation. The book started out slow, with lots of loose ends that needed to be tied together, but came together nicely at around 30%. Without giving too much away, I'd have to say Crichton's high-tech, breakthrough technology is here, as well as the thrill factor, so the book is a page-turner. The general idea of the plot was good, and the story could be easily adapted into a m ...more
Aug 29, 2011 E.J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Essentially a grown-up, horror version of HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS. Great science from Chricton as always, but very violent and the characters were interchangeable. Bad guy is also a bit of a mustache twirler. All in all, a decent, but unmemorable outing.
Kerry Nietz
Jan 29, 2012 Kerry Nietz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I was concerned. The reviews of “Micro” seemed so lackluster that I was almost afraid to read it. I wondered if it would taint the memory of an author I really admire. Sure, I knew the reigns were handed off to Richard Preston—a notable author in his own right—but as an author myself, I also know how difficult it would be to pick up someone else’s work and not only finish it, but do it in a way that would please that author’s fans. An author’s voice is unique. To duplicate it wo ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So it looks like this was another unpublished novel that was found after Michael Crichton's death. How many of these are there?

I wonder if I will be able to tell when Richard Preston takes over the writing.


Hmm. This is an interesting book for me to rate. I am a HUGE Michael Crichton fan, and the premise of this book was pure Crichton at his best. It's frustrating that it was unfinished though, as we have no way of knowing where he was taking this story. Richard Preston did his best, and I
Mike Moore
You might think that my low rating indicates that I didn't like this book. This is not so, it's just that "ratings" or even "words" are an insufficient mode of expression to describe the experience of this, Crichton's last novel. No, to truly understand the sense of wonder, incredulity really, that this book inspires, a more subtle form is required. I'll go further: while many of MCs other books lend themselves to reinterpretation as B movies, Micro would probably be best experienced as an inter ...more
Tanja Berg
This is not a good book. It's even worse than Michael Crichton's "Next". Despite this, I actually quite enjoyed it, probably because it was a quick and entertaining read. No surprises or twists and a very easy plot. The experience can be compared to eating a big mac and drinking a cheap wine with it - it fills you up for the moment while numbing your brain.

It's very difficult to give any sort of synopsis without revealing too much. I had feared the book would be very much like "Prey", but it's n
Aug 28, 2012 Wambeeno rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 02, 2012 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Michael Crichton will have no trouble getting pulled into this posthumously written work. Just think Honey, I Shrunk the Kids for grownups!

A mysterious biotech firm with secret ties to the federal government has set up research labs in Hawai'i. As with many of Crichton's horror/suspense novels, readers know that greed from the firm is going to lead to lots of problems. That is most definitely true in this situation. The firm is working on a project that allows regularly sized objects fr
Andre' Rogers
May 24, 2013 Andre' Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Micro shows a technology based on the size of materials and how the environment effects the way they live. This book gives a great view of how new works can change the world by a new invention everday. Michael Crichton gave a vivid insight on how in a world where humanity is on the lower level of the food chain and must adapt to there new lives or die trying to fix it. It presents how science and life relate to on another, life can be cruel and unforgiving; science shows how life is like that or ...more
Kym Blackford
Micheal Crichton’s Micro allowed one to entertain the thought of nanotechnology as inventive enough to even shrink human beings and other living organisms into micro-people. In this novel, a group of science students set off to Hawaii to fulfill their dreams of working in the “perfect lab” that they’ve been promised. When they get there, though, they are faced with being shrunk themselves and having to survive the severe problems that accompany that, as well as escaping the crazy CFO of Nanigen ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
This is the Michael Crichton I came to love in Jurassic Park. An adventure book filled with information and real science, and description to keep me turning the pages til I got to the end. I could not put this one down! The story centers on a company in Hawaii called Nanigen who is involved in drug research. Only they have a what can only be described as a rogue CEO who is greedier and more evil than the worst you can think of. When 7 college students come to Hawaii at the company's invitation V ...more
Rhys Thomas
Jun 09, 2012 Rhys Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The day Michael Crichton died I was in my parents' house watching BBC 24 and the news scrolled along the bottom of the screen. My reaction was to shout the F word at the top of my voice and put my hands on my head. This was the man that made me want to be a writer. There had been no word that he was even ill, let alone dying. Memories of the times I spent reading his books as a teenager tumbled, of the day I bought Sphere in WH Smiths and got home and simply could not stop reading, of spending t ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I will put my hand up to this one - I really enjoyed it - ok I know that Crichton has fallen from favour in recent years and yes I read Pirates Latitude and was rather disappointed - especially since On Stranger Tides was being released (and I loved the book not the film - bit thats a rant for another day) anyway lets say that I remember reading Jurassic park all those years ago - and I loved it (the film I did too apart from lots of screaming children who do not do what they are told to do - ...more
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Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas ...more
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