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The Curiosity

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,505 Ratings  ·  736 Reviews
Michael Crichton meets The Time Traveler's Wife in this powerful debut novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day.

Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. As a scientist in a groundbreaking project run by the egocentric an
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by William Morrow
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Actual rating: 2.5
"Hey, doc, what are you expecting today?"
He halts like a soldier, turns slowly to me. "I expect us to replace God."
For me, this was a lot more Time Traveler's Wife than Michael Crichton. There is a fair bit of science thrown at us initially, but this is not a book to read if you want to ponder about the innermost workings of science. It is more narrative storytelling than anything else. "Thriller" & "Science Fiction?" That's a stretch.

The writing is good, the narrative st
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A copy of The Curiosity was provided to me by William Morrow for review purposes.
Blog Tour Date 7/18/2013

'And what is life but a little row in a small boat, every moment leaving what we know, every stroke unable to see where we are headed?'

The Curiosity tells the tale of a scientific voyage to the Arctic with the intent to find various sea creatures that died encased in ice. Possessing the ability to bring plankton "back to life" the scientists intend to continue studyin
Christa Van
Aug 29, 2013 Christa Van rated it it was ok
I enjoyed reading this book. The writing is good and the characters are interesting. Unfortunately the huge plot holes and problems make me want to introduce the author to the basic services provided by librarians. The basic premise includes a science project to "re-animate" flash frozen creatures. They hit a payload when they find a man on an arctic expedition who had fallen overboard 100 years ago and is now the perfect first human subject for their process. The process works so well, the man ...more
Carol Cool
Jul 06, 2013 Carol Cool rated it it was amazing
I received a review copy of The Curiosity, a copy I ordered, honestly, because the cover amused me. I read the first 20 pages or so at the doctor's office and wasn't sold. I told someone the next day I would give it another 15 pages and then if it didn't grab me, I'd give it up. It not only grabbed me but took me for a wild and astounding ride. I'm not that into science or imagining future scientific discoveries, but the concept of this fascinated me. I often say I don't like stories that switch ...more
Renita D'Silva
May 26, 2014 Renita D'Silva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, what an amazing, uplifting, absolutely brilliant book. One to keep. A great premise and a beautiful story, combined with amazing writing makes for a page turning read. I did not want this book to end. I savored every page and wanted more. The different voices are brilliantly portrayed. I loved Jeremiah and Kate and their developing relationship. This book also raises questions about ethics and humanity and ultimately, of what really is the measure and value of a human life. Even the scie ...more
Apr 09, 2013 Jimmmunchel rated it really liked it
THE CURIOSITY by Stephen P. Kiernan

Every now and then I get a little excited when I discover a new and raging talent who not only has the ability to tell a well written story but rescue the reader from the influx of cookie cutter novels filling not only the internet but bookstores as well.
Thanks to the kindness of the Senior Marketing Director at William Morrow, Tavia Kowalchuk I was honored to receive an advanced readers copy of what I believe to be the most talked about thriller since last sum
Jun 15, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I felt I really understood the motives and emotions behind each character's actions. Jeremiah was a lovable character and the baseball chapters were especially heart-warming. These things kept it from being a 5 star rating:

1. I found the way the lab treated Jeremiah unbelievable. Informed consent laws would insure his right to be fully informed on the medical care he was getting. Also, the initial court ruling that deems Jeremiah the lab's property was unbelievable. (Minus o
Maureen Grigsby
Jul 21, 2013 Maureen Grigsby rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was one of those books that once you start, you keep wanting to read, but keep putting down because you don't want it to end. I thought that the author did a great job with the different "voices" he used to tell the storie(s). He captured the love of science, the allure of baseball, the fascination with technology, the competitveness of the press, the skepticism of the public, and the attraction between two people. The story pulled you in, and put you smack dab in the middl ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Each year a handful of people who are dying decide to take the chance that in the future someday there might be a cure for what is slowly killing them now and have their bodies frozen just before their death. But is it possible for that to really happen? Does science possess the skill to reanimate a person who was frozen or it is possible that the body can never fully recover from being place in suspended frozen animation?

Dr. Kate Philo has been searching the Arctic Ocean in hopes of finding out
Paul Spencer
Aug 13, 2013 Paul Spencer rated it did not like it
NPR's book critic said this was a fun book, a page turner. It is anything but. Weak, cliche-ridden characters, boring plot despite an interesting premise, just plain BAD writing. I almost never drop a book, even a lousy one, without finishing it, but tried as I might to continue slogging through The Curiosity, I couldn't get past its overwhelming lameness. I finally threw in the towel. That was one of the best decisions I've made all summer.
May 07, 2016 AdiTurbo rated it really liked it
This book reminded me a lot of Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, and even The Man who Fell to Earth. It is a very good rendition of the old theme of the outsider coming into our lives to show us what we're really like and give us a fresh perspective on the better and worse parts of our society. This time, it is a man brought back to life after being frozen at sea more than a hundred years ago. As he opens his eyes and begins realizing all that has changed during his "dead" time, we learn mo ...more
Jul 23, 2013 Tony rated it it was ok
THE CURIOSITY. (2013). Stephen P. Kiernan. **.
I’m afraid I have to go against the flow with this first novel. Most reviews I’ve read have been very positive, while I have to stick with my impressions. I suspect that my background in the sciences really affects the way I perceive fiction dealing with a scientific premise. I can’t help it. After only a few pages, I renamed this novel, “ICE NINE MEETS THE THING.” Here’s the plot: a ‘scientific’ team is out on the Arctic Ocean, looking for icebergs
Dec 05, 2013 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
I am in love with this book. Jeremiah Rice is such a wonderful, miraculous character, perhaps because he is so lovable, perhaps because he brings a sense of wonder to the world in his perspectives, living on borrowed time, of the beauty and incredible miracles all around us, happening every day. I suppose one could say that he is too "good", that he is a little one-dimensional, but I would love to believe that there are people like him (not necessarily reanimated frozen 150 year olds) out there ...more
Lora King
Jul 22, 2013 Lora King rated it it was amazing
Could be one of my favorite books of 2013. A polar expedition trying to find icebergs with hard ice where they can hopefully locate small marine animals to try to reanimate. An eccentric OCD scientist, Carthage, obsessed with being the first to reanimate & keep alive the krill and shrimp they are finding....then on this one expedition they discover a man frozen in an iceberg. Off we go on a fascinating twist on the Frankenstein story of reanimation. But this is so different. The cast of char ...more
Sep 08, 2013 Suzanne rated it liked it
The book did not engage me as much as I had hoped. For some reason I did not really connect with any of the characters enough and that made the book hard reading, especially the first half while the story builds. But there were at least three or four times when I stopped reading and became lost in thought based upon ideas presented by the author, in service to his novel. One in particular, the idea that mankind doesn't really get wiser over a 100- year period just keeps busy. Meaning progress co ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
What if your last memory was today and your next conscious moment was 100 years from now? When Dr. Kate Philo finds a man's body flash-frozen in the Arctic, she's hopeful they might be able to revive him with the new scientific discoveries she has helped pioneer. When a living, breathing, thinking, feeling man survives the brutal revival process, the scientific team hadn't considered what would come after that.

Kate tries to advocate for the newly-awakened and overwhelmed Jeremiah Rice, while for
Stephen T Shores
Jun 02, 2013 Stephen T Shores rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
On picking up this book, I looked at the back cover and saw that someone had billed it as 'Michael Crichton meets The Time Traveler's Wife'. Remembering the ham-fisted emotional movie that came out of the latter, I opened the book, and after a few chapters I pleasantly discovered that the Michael Crichton comparison is probably the more accurate. Yes, there is romance, but it is believable--I didn't feel like I was being assaulted by a Hallmark Channel movie or Harlequin romance. Instead, these ...more
Jul 21, 2013 Liddy rated it it was ok
I so wanted to like this. I was promised a Michael Crichton kind of book, which I took to mean a well developed scientific story with some complex ethical issues. It started out with good potential, but the was so much of the human/ethical story that was never developed.

Questions about autonomy - does the frozen man who is reanimated "belong" to the lab that brought him back to life?
Questions about life itself - really, why are the people protesting? What are they protesting?
Questions about sc
Stephanie Jewett
Mar 01, 2014 Stephanie Jewett rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, possible-rc, 2014
Hm. Engaging read, and I liked the alternating viewpoints.
Unfortunately, though, early on there is a description of Jeremiah and his big bushy sideburns. Which made me picture Wolverine. Which led to my mental casting of Hugh Jackman in the role. Which led, of course, to remembering that movie he was in several years ago with Meg Ryan- the one where she was a modern gal and he had travelled through time (I can't remember the name of it). It fit perfectly, especially all those scenes of Kate show
John Daly
Jul 23, 2013 John Daly rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I can't say enough bad things about this book. I was really looking forward to it and it failed to deliver in every conceivable way. The characters are stale stereotypes. The writing is so-so. The ridiculous way he imagines the plot and the stupid decisions made by every character are stunning. I spent the entire book thinking "He/she would never do that". Finally, and worst of all, instead of exploring all the implications of a frozen human brought back to life after 100 years, that whole area ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Bandit rated it it was ok
This book has me sold by the cover alone, although upon reading the novel I have to say that, while striking, the image is in fact erroneous, shoes should be boots and button should be brown. Alas, the was only the least of what was off about it. The concept of it is great, but any science over ethics dilemmas, any sociological implications get lost and buried under a steaming pile of cheesy romance. Basically I think all the things I didn't care for in this book are exactly what made it so popu ...more
This is my second attempt at reading this book and I can't do it.
Melissa Prange
Aug 02, 2013 Melissa Prange rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A group of scientists have been bringing frozen krill, shrimp, and other small sea creatures back from the dead. They have not tried their experiments on anything larger until, on one of their expeditions, they find a man frozen in the ice. Through experiments similar to those done on krill, they are able to bring this man—Jeremiah Rice—back from the dead.

The Curiosity follows the strange tale of the Jeremiah and the scientists and others involved with his recovery and resurrection.

Kate Philo i
Sep 06, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed The Curiosity, and finished it in one sitting. Erastus Carthage has discovered a way to reanimate small sea creatures such as krill that were frozen in what is called "hard ice," and Dr. Kate Philo and a team of scientists are on a ship sent into the Arctic Circle in search of an iceberg that has hard ice in it to see if they can find more frozen creatures for Dr. Carthage to bring back to life. In addition to the scientists, Daniel Dixon, a journalist, has been invited along to ...more
Sep 15, 2013 Hazellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books-read
This was an incredibly great read, I enjoyed it immensely. I liked that the author made the whole scientific part of the story entirely plausible.

The whole premise is just intriguing; bringing back a man who has frozen in hard ice for over a hundred years. Bringing a frozen body back to life is not all that unbelievable, because it has happened in real life. In fact, many times, though I can't account for the accuracy of the articles.

However, bringing back a person who has been frozen for a hun
Carolyn Fagan
May 27, 2013 Carolyn Fagan rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, science
The story of the reanimation of a man believed to have died in 1906 in the frozen arctic waters is a masterful combination of science thriller and love story. Told from four different perspectives; the journalist covering the story, the scientist who discovered the body in the ice, the egotistical genius at the head of the project and the reanimated man himself, Jeremiah Rice, this novel explores the very human side of science and those involved in its study. The voice of Jeremiah Rice is writte ...more
Nov 30, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
This has been called a cross between Michael Crichton and The Time Traveler's Wife, which is apt. The narration alternates among four people, whose voices come through loud and clear. Carthage's narration ("You cross to the schedule chart, and observe that...") was especially effective in revealing his assholery. Some parts of the plot could have been improved upon (apparently Kate is perfect, and Jeremiah's potential descendant doesn't pursue and isn't pursued). All in all, an enjoyable story t ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Karielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
"When hard ice forms, any creatures in the water undergo extremely rapid freezing—so fast that the usual crystals of ice do not form. That speed leaves cells intact, and with unique chemical properties, namely abundant oxygen and glucose. Everything is preserved as it was when alive. Our challenge is to guide it back. Observe."

When love's timeline is limited, does it make that love any less meaningful? Reading the premise of The Curiosity sent a thrill reverberating through my body. From the Fra
Dan Radovich
Feb 14, 2013 Dan Radovich rated it really liked it
Favorable comments from Justin Cronin and Chris Bohjalian should help promote sales for Kiernan's fiction debut, but they actually are not needed. This is a very fine piece of storytelling, taking the old 'man frozen in a block of ice and brought back to life' theme to new levels. Multiple characters tell the story, which I feel is a huge positive for the novel. Kiernan brings all angles to the story, religious, political, moral.... and he brings it all together wonderfully.
Apr 14, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

The book is brilliantly written. Part sci-fi, part historical fiction, part literary fiction, all pieces put together make a delightful and entrancing read. Told from four different perspectives; the journalist covering the story, the scientist who discovered the body in the ice, the egotistical genius at the head of the project and the reanimated man himself, Jeremiah Rice, this novel explores the very human side of science and those involved in its study. At first I thought this would be a Sci
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