Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Lost World” as Want to Read:
Lost World
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Lost World (Jurassic Park #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  90,039 Ratings  ·  2,317 Reviews
Written in the wake of Jurassic Park's phenomenal box-office success, The Lost World seems as much a guidebook for Hollywood types hard at work on the franchise's followup as it is a legitimate sci-fi thriller. Which begs the inevitable questions: Is the plot a rehash of the first book? Sure it is, with the action unfolding on yet another secluded island, the mysterious "S ...more
Audio Cassette, Abridged, 4 pages
Published November 17th 1998 by Random House Audio (first published September 17th 1995)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Lost World, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Austin Longenecker No, The Lost World is a sequel to the book. The books have nothing to do with the movies except for the fact that the movies are based on them. In…moreNo, The Lost World is a sequel to the book. The books have nothing to do with the movies except for the fact that the movies are based on them. In other words, the movies did not affect the outcome of the books. I'm not sure if I answered your question correctly.(less)
Zach Smith Ian Malcolm, Richard Levine, Jack Thorne, Sara Harding, Eddie Carr and two sneaky kids Arby and Kelly. And the biosyn crew.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Sep 25, 2007 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find a lot of people discuss the "resurrection" of Ian Malcolm in their reviews, and I'd like to throw in my two cents. It's true, Malcolm is mentioned as dead at the end of Jurassic Park. To be exact, Muldoon is telling Grant what's happened to everyone else as they're flying away in the helicopter:
"What about Malcolm?" Grant said.
Muldoon shook his head.

The epilogue mentions the Costa Rican government not permitting the burial of John Hammond or Ian Malcolm (amongst a list of other ways they
Sep 26, 2012 Þorrbjórn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story goes that Steven Spielberg flush with the success of the first Jurassic Park movie, itself an adaptation of a Michael Chrichton novel, decided to try and repeat his success by commissioning the author to write a sequel to his original novel (which the first movie was based on) which they could then adapt into a movie.
Whether or not that's true I cannot say but I will say that do not base your initial judgement of this book or the prospect of reading it on the lacklustre utter turkey th
Chris Friend
Mar 06, 2008 Chris Friend rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No living creature on earth. Except silverfish. They need the fiber.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Peter Meredith
The Lost World is not a very good book. The story is a slog to start and the characters are very weak. So weak that if any of them had actually been eaten by the constantly hungry dinosaurs I would've been like: shrug.
As the story progressed and I waited impatiently to find out: would they actually solve the mystery of the missing Dr Levine and go to the island of dinosaurs--as if there was a chance of that not happening--I was introduced to a series of these weak characters and it then became
Eddie Owens
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Apr 28, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I do enjoy the writing style of Michael Crichton and although he has had his share of varying popularity I always feel I can trust his writing to deliver (even if to some that feels safe and uninspiring)

Anyway I digress - this was the second of his Jurassic Park novels and again a loose basis for the film (it still fascinates me how the first book and film diverge, digressing again), however the film was such a success there is little of surprise to the book, for me it was mo
Michael Crichton's The Lost World is an interesting piece of work. On the one hand, it is an exciting, page-gripping, edge of the seat thriller reminiscent of the first Jurassic Park novel. On the other hand, it is exactly that: reminiscent of the first Jurassic Park novel. In many ways, it is merely a rehash of the original. Ian Malcolm returns, as does Dodgson, there are other dinosaur and mammalian experts involved (of course, they are all considered the best in the world), and the story coul ...more
William Dalphin
Sep 05, 2007 William Dalphin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Masochists and the illiterate
What I learned from The Lost World: The only people worthy of surviving in Crichton's world are geniuses. Everyone else is destined to be fodder/feed for terrorizing thunder lizards.

The Lost World suffers from two things: First off, if you've ever read Jurassic Park, then you know that TLW's protagonist, Ian Malcolm, is, in fact, dead. That's right... he died in Jurassic Park, but since they couldn't convince Sam Neill to return for the movie, Crichton rewrote history so that Malcolm somehow sur
Ali (the bandar blog)

the bandar blog

In case you missed it, not too long ago I was raving about Jurassic Park. I hadn't read the book before and was instantly obsessed. Needless to say, I was quick to pick up The Lost World, because sequels = more dinosaurs. While I didn't end up obsessing over The Lost World quite as much as JP, the 12-year-old boy in me was still satisfied by T-Rex scares, human-eating dinosaurs, and terrifying AF raptors.

What I didn't like quite as much:

It seemed just a tad-bit more science-y. Lots and lots
Mar 28, 2011 Enrique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well to be honest, I had watched the film adaptation before reading the novel. I loved the film especially with the Big Rex attacking my hometown. (Sadly the news never reported it). Now I had begun reading it kind of late, since I could only find a copy of it at Barnes&Nobels but I begun reading!

Now when I did read the novel I tried to clear my mind and not try to expect alot from it. However when I actually did get to reading the Lost World I was slightly dissapointed. To be frank I think
Apr 26, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently re-read Jurassic Park, I realized that I had never bothered with the sequel. I am glad I did but it wasn't all that great. It did not measure up to the 1st one at all. There is far less action and WAY more talk.

I felt that this was Crighton's way of spewing some interesting and some not so interesting facts out into the world. It seemed that he needed his readers to know all about complicated math theorems, evolution and extinction, et al. Sadly he used the character, Ian Malcolm
Jun 28, 2014 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lost World takes place six years after the Jurassic Park incident, and just like in the movie version, Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Sattler did not return but Dr. Ian Malcolm does return for his role. The Lost World was an entertaining read, although I'll say not as good as Jurassic Park, for a number of reasons, but I won't go into all of them. I found myself skipping through some of the unnecessary parts that weren't really important to the story but when I came to some of the important parts I ...more
Cathy (cathepsut)
Read it, liked it, Jurassic Park was better. What I loved about this book and still remember pretty well--it taught me about Chaos Theory, which fascinated me for quite a while after reading this.
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
It takes a decent chunk of time for the story to get going in this one, but once it does, it's pretty damned fabulous. I mean, it's not Jurassic Park. But really, it was never going to be. And despite the big T.rexes-kicking-the-trailer-off-a-cliff scene, there seem to be less interactions with dinosaurs than there are in Jurassic Park?? Still, it's definitely worth a look.

Honestly, I think my favourite thing in this book is something that I only noticed on this reread: somewhere aroun
Sep 08, 2008 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jurassic Park was pretty good, but this book was rather poor. It reads like a bad movie. The author is so intent upon pushing Chaos Theory upon the reader that he often forces the characters to behave way, way, WAY out of their habits in order to force things to go wrong.

People suddenly do really stupid things. People forget that they have weapons. All attempts to prepare for a situation automatically fail, because it's completely impossible (not just improbable) for a prepared individual to act
Kat!e Larson
The first book ended on a cliffhanger. This one picks up six years later. What was Grant doing during all that time? No one knows, because he's not even in this book. I felt kind of lied to when this book didn't pick up where the last one leaves off.

(view spoiler)
Sep 05, 2014 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know the saying, "It is a must read," is overused and often unworthy of the story it's applied to. However I can not think of a better way to describe this novel; you simply must read it. I had already the pleasure of watching and adoring the movie franchise. I was apprehensive about this series because it's a recurring issue that if you have seen the movie the the read is a slow one. That is absolutely not the case with this series. You get to discover your favorite characters in a deeper sen ...more
Quando i dinosauri dominavano la terra.

Narrato con la solita dinamicità narrativa, quasi cinematografica a tratti, "il mondo perduto" è un leggerotto e godibile seguito del romanzo cult di Crichton.
Deprivata la vicenda di tutti i connotati scientifici, quello che rimane è un simpatico romanzo d'intrattenimento da leggere sotto l'ombrellone.
Book Him Danno
Great start, the book was go go go .... and then stop. It was as if the author got to a certain page count and quit. I loved the suspense and then bammmm it was over just like that. The ending was lame and it ruined the book for me. The end is nothing like the movie.
L.M. Mountford
This book makes me wonder if Crichton has ever had a conversation with another person. This book is set over a couple of days, but in this time the characters give so many long winded speaches and talk about utterly pointless topics, it ruins the story.

This book is the most entertaining of all the author's books, that i've read anyway. Though i find it rather unjust for him to mock Jurrassic Park (the movie) by remarking how rediculious it is to think that T-Rex was dependant on movment and the
Aug 10, 2015 Anastacia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, 2016
First, I had to wrap my head around the fact that the book was very different from the movie. I know, I know... but I fell into the trap all the same. In the first book, most of the movie characters get killed off, so there are new characters in this one, other than Ian (who I do like). I just did not like anyone in this book, at all. Levine was an idiot, had no common sense, completely didn't care about other human beings, was obsessed, and just BLAH. Sarah Levine was just so smart, so strong, ...more
This book, just like Jurassic Park was AWESOME! I have seen all the 3 parts of the movie so many times that I have lost count of it. But still I loved this book. This book is very remotely related to the movie. Other than the T-rex couple attacking scene, nothing much was in the movie. The starting was little slow but towards the end it was jaw-dropping, nail-biting and too thrilling.
The last book made me get nightmares full of T-Rex chasing me and I am sure this book will get me attacked by ra
Disclaimer: This book and the corresponding movie have almost nothing to do with each other. The film sequel was inspired by the fictional events here but is not based on them. Lose that expectation now.

Compared to Jurassic Park, this book was slower to start out. It didn’t grab me right away like the first story. I think that was because several new characters and storylines came into play.

But once the pace picked up, it picked up PDQ. It goes from introducing the new characters and preparing
T. C.
Jul 20, 2015 T. C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A sequel to Jurassic Park that will once again put you on the edge of your seat. The Lost World does a great job making the reader feel like part of the environment through its in-depth description and thrilling characters as they work together to survive. I highly recommend this book and all of the movies. If you are a science fiction or dinosaur fan this is a must read.

Apr 21, 2017 Lvna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hay varias cosas que tengo que resaltar de este libro que, debo decir, empecé con muchísimas ganas aunque finalmente no ha resultado ser lo que esperaba ni (pienso) ha llegado a la altura del primero.

Como siempre, empezando por algunas de las cosas que me han gustado o que he valorado positivamente porque creo que han supuesto una "mejora" en torno a algunos de los "problemas" que me encontré en el primer libro, tengo que señalar:

- Una mayor valoración del papel de la mujer en la historia prin
Yomi Mi Ri
Apr 17, 2017 Yomi Mi Ri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este es uno de esos libros que lo tienen de todo. Terror, suspenso, aventuras, amor. Me ha gustado bastante, salvo esas partes donde se vuelve lento y la charla sobre ciencia hace que casi te estalle el cerebro.
Vicki Le Feuvre
Jan 20, 2012 Vicki Le Feuvre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Not that I am prone to speaking ill of Spielberg, but whatever calamitous decision led to him not having Michael Crichton co-write the screenplay of The Lost World alongside David Koepp as he did for the first Jurassic Park movie was obviously a big mistake.

In terms of plot, characterisation and carefully crafted atmosphere this novel is vastly superior to the movie that shares its name. Also there are a lot more raptors in it, which is just gravy.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching a fully-g
Dec 17, 2014 Cait rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jeff Goldblum and people who like annoying children
Wow, this book was kind of the pits. I read it through my tablet, and I'm going back through little notes I made as I read it, and this is what I got:
Malcolm talks about how simpler societies have children that are "born into a network of adults responsible for helping to raise the child." I actually really liked this because it reminded me of how my dad always says it takes a village to raise a child.
When Dodgson and co. are trying to steal the tyrannosaurus' eggs and try standing completely st
Sep 16, 2012 Lady rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Malcolm, terrorised beyond belief by his experiences on Isla Nublar, decides that once is never enough and that it's high time he stopped, y'know, not almost dying all the time in his newly won civilian life. So he goes back to play amongst the dinosaurs. How'd he ever make it off Isla Nublar in the first place? It got bombed back to the Cretaceous period, and it is acknowledged in this puny follow-up to Jurassic Park that everything on the island was destroyed by said bombing, but Malcolm survi ...more
Jen • Just One More Page

This review is also posted on my blog.

(view spoiler)
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Around the Year i...: The Lost World, by Michael Crichton 10 16 Jul 29, 2016 06:35PM  
Which was better: Book or Movie? 35 277 Feb 23, 2016 03:24PM  
Jurassic World movie early reactions 3 32 Dec 13, 2015 03:17AM  
2015 Reading Chal...: The Lost World by Michael Crichton 5 38 Nov 01, 2015 02:28PM  
BEP090P32015: Did you ever have a person think he/she is right and your wrong? 2 11 Oct 12, 2015 12:00PM  
  • Primal Waters (MEG #3)
  • Raptor Red
  • Far-Seer (Quintaglio Ascension, #1)
  • Rainbow Six (Jack Ryan Universe, #10)
  • Footprints of Thunder
  • The Trikon Deception
  • Fantastic Voyage II:  Destination Brain
  • The Last Command
  • The Ransom of Black Stealth One (Aerospace Systems, #1)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Back to the Future, Part 3
  • Tyrannosaur Canyon (Wyman Ford #1)
  • Flood Tide (Dirk Pitt, #14)
  • Excavation
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - Technical Manual
  • The Star Wars Trilogy
  • Aliens: The Female War
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 Dougla ...more
More about Michael Crichton...

Other Books in the Series

Jurassic Park (2 books)
  • Jurassic Park

Share This Book

“What makes you think human beings are sentient and aware? There's no evidence for it. Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told-and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings fight for their 'beliefs.' The reason is that beliefs guide behavior which has evolutionary importance among human beings. But at a time when our behavior may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume we have any awareness at all. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion. Next question.” 366 likes
“All your life people will tell you things. And most of the time, probably ninety-five percent of the time, what they'll tell you will be wrong.” 169 likes
More quotes…