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Welcome to our genetic world.Fast, furious, and out of control.This is not the world of the future—it's the world right now.
Paperback, 537 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Harper (first published 2006)
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Alex Telander
NEXT BY MICHAEL CRICHTON: I’m still trying to figure out how this manuscript landed in the hands of an editor and actually got the go ahead to be published in time for Christmas. I can’t help but think about all those dads that are going to be so disappointed on December 26th when they crack open the book and find a collection of plot lines with confusing characters and stories that seem to go nowhere.

In Prey and State of Fear, Crichton did what he does best in providing a well researched book w...more
Jeffrey
Next by Michael Crichton is a ridiculous, silly book. But I bet a lot of people said the same thing about Brave New World, Dune, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Stranger in a Strange Land, and 1984 when they came out. No, Next can not hold a candle to these science fiction classics, but it is the same kind of book, and it is poignant for its time. The fact is, Crichton writes satire, and the general perception of him does not accept this. Next is both silly and excellent. More importantly, I lear...more
StoryTellerShannon
Fast paced story with a ton of subplots that plays like a popular soap opera of your choice. Topics range from legal battles over human tissue (including the right to have bounty hunters go after the descendants of said tissue), transgenic apes, one transgenic parrot (that talk tough if provoked), biotech espionage vs. competitors, gene patenting, and a lot of angry people.

There's some scientific info woven into this tale as well but not too much yet I still learned about some new things like c...more
Gerald
I'm giving the five stars not because of how it is written, but what it's about. Crichton was trained as a medical doctor before he was a novelist. And he died of cancer recently at a relatively young age. I am supposing he wrote this book after he was diagnosed. He knew there could be all kinds of ways of treating his disease that have not yet emerged from clinical trials. He was certainly angry at the medical establishment, at the research community, at Big Pharma, and at the government's poli...more
Rick Monkey
So I was, like, really broke towards the tail end of last month. But, you know, broke or not, I still needed something to read - I was just going to have to content myself with one of those trashy, $7.99 paperbacks. And, lemme tell ya, pickings are slim.

So I got a Michael Crichton book. I'm very ashamed. More so because I actually, well, liked it.

Crichton, I think, resonates so well with middle-of-the-road audiences because his takes on science and technology tend to play to the common man's fe...more
Scarlet
1.5

Next is a very well-researched book. And that’s the only good thing I can say about it.

The characters were too many and too unmemorable; I forgot nearly all of them as soon as they were mentioned. The stuff on stem-cells and genes and biotechnology was excruciatingly boring. The story was over-exaggerated, silly and unintentionally funny. A swearing chimpanzee and a transgenic ape who goes to school?? Are you kidding me??

I’m still trying to figure out why I read Next instead of Jurassic Park....more
Stefan
This was not necessarily a bad novel (I still rated it right around average!) but suffice it to say that it is the worst Crichton novel that I have read thus far. I think where Next fails is that Mr. Crichton tried to get too many storylines going in order to have them all running simultaneously in an effort to show a more grand scope to his issues of possible problems with genetic research.

The main problem here is that many of the characters became washed out and meaningless. There is just so m...more
Kathy
This was riveting! The book is about all of the possibilities of gene therapy and genetic engineering and it blends fact and fiction in clever ways that leave the reader with the unnerving sense that some of the fictional story lines are probably happening somewhere in the world right now. It also gives a strong sense of just how uncontrolled this field is and what ethical questions arise if a person allows a company to "purchase" their cell line...or a scientist decides to insert human genes in...more
Sanjay Sanghoee
Fantastic book. Immensely futuristic even as it shows you what is actually happening today. The fact that transgenic animals have been created for decades was an eye-opener. The book clearly has a viewpoint on genetic engineering and there is an author's note at the end which is a must-read. Highly recommend this to anyone who is looking an intelligent thriller, even though the book is also satire.
Chris M.
It's not very often that I experience self-consciousness while reading a book. This book inspired that kind of feeling in me by its being so poorly crafted that I felt absolutely philistine. I'm not sure if Crichton just had a bad writing streak, or if my tastes in reading have moved on - but his most recent book, Next, was an astounding disappointment.

Next focuses on the potential that present day and up and coming genetic technologies may have upon our society and way of life. A cautionary tal...more
bendyroad
Aug 01, 2007 bendyroad rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
I had been boycotting Michael Crichton since his unhelpful muddying of the waters of the climate change "debate" in his next-to-last novel which included a personal message to his readers that he didn't believe the issues were really human related at all. Read the IPCC report, you ignoramus. However, I was stuck in an airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, having finished every novel in my bag and with the prospect of 12 hours of airplanes and airports ahead. The novel selection in the airport shop w...more
Kersten
This is classic Michael Crichton. I love his stories and how he intermingle science within a fictional novel. The story deals with the ethics and stories associated with bio genetics. There is a long cast of characters and the author ties them together in the end (which is probably a little too far fetched). However, it is a great way (for me) to get lost in an amazing world that Michael has a way of putting together. I am sad that he has passed away and will no longer be able to gift the world...more
Margo Kelly
It was late at night and I didn't have a book to read. I went to Walmart and couldn't find a Dean Koontz book that I'd not yet read. So, I started browsing.

Hmmm, Michael Crichton, author of Jurasic Park - that was supposed to be good? Right?

So, I grabbed the book NEXT and read it. Every time I set the book down, I asked myself, "Why the heck am I reading this stupid book?" The answer was because I didn't have anything else at the time.

This book was choppy and made me shake my head many times th...more
Bookcetera
This book was a very random purchase in Hoboken, NJ while waiting over two hours for the next train to upstate New York to visit a friend. I’d read a few books by Michael Crichton and this one was on sale for $7.00 (hard cover) so I grabbed it.

Next delves into scientific advancement. What is wrong, right, and where the line between them is largely overlooked. Medical related, of course, the story follows individuals as they face the consequences of things like genetic engineering, DNA decoding,...more
Sunny in Wonderland
What happens when a genetic engineering company, InGen, mucks about with DNA?

No, wait. That was Jurassic Park.

What happens when a genetic engineering company, Bio-Gen, mucks about with DNA?

OK, well the plots aren't really that similar at all. Nevertheless, I couldn't help but compare the two story lines because my only experience with Michael Crichton up to this point was the Jurassic Park movie. So, I approached this book with a bias.

I'm impressed with the author's ability to maintain multiple...more
Kim
I haven't read many good reviews of this book so I went into it with pretty low expectations, which I think helped. The biggest problem with this book is that it has no plot. Most chapters are only a few pages long and in most chapters new characters are introduced. There are a few recurring characters, but mostly we just get snippets. What we're looking at is what the world would be like if genetic engineering was successful and commonplace. What would happen if we could really put human genes...more
Jennifer
The Good: A fantastic premise, as always, from Crichton. Fact based, with completely terrifying implications, Next takes science today to that "next" step. If furthers things just a bit more, the ramifications of which give the readers a lot of troubling thoughts to consider.

The Bad: Crichton lost me at the money. Apparently, if you mix human and monkey DNA, a monkey will be born with human vocal capabilities. A monkey that you can pass off as a child with a hairy birth defect and some impulse c...more
David
I love the way that Michael Crichton takes seemingly non-related parallel story lines and brings them all together in the end. Being a scientist, the topic of this book was interesting to me and I liked the book. I could really do without the profanity in the book... the F-word being his word of choice. I must say that Crichton sure did exhaust it's usage... as verb, noun, adjective, and maybe even some new ways to use it. I had to laugh when on page 370, one of the characters, "shouted and swor...more
Janelle Dazzlepants
A really great scientific/slightly futuristic thriller-style novel that gives you an insight into the dog eat dog world of genetics and biotechnology. The way all the stories intertwined was entertaining, and the book was obviously well researched, although the scientific language was easily understood. My only negative criticism is that the abundance of characters, chronologies and narrators was occasionally difficult to keep track of.

The book has a great moral (well, several) that are littere...more
Rachel
Michael Crichton's Next is a tense thriller that makes the reader quite nervous. The fact that Crichton is well known for his well-researched books, and a glance at the bibliography, makes me feel a bit uncomfortable about genetic engineering in science today. There are several good characters, but it's mostly about introducing as much shocking reality as possible. You begin to think, what if this is really happening? The characters pull you in and make you wonder if this is the fate that you w...more
Der-shing
Apr 13, 2013 Der-shing rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like being bored and confused
Shelves: annoying, medicine
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Michael
Pretty awful. Several concurrent story lines with too many characters to keep track of. None if it is interesting. Much of it is simply not believable - from the science to the characters' actions. For instance, there is a bird in the book who can speak intelligently like a human. At least 5 characters in the book encounter this bird and have conversations with him and recognize that he is doing more than just parroting previously overheard stuff but don't realize that this is remarkable. I don'...more
Charbel
Next is as real as a work of fiction could get. It paints the ugly picture of a world where a company can own your cells, where creating transgenic animals is no longer a dream, and where ethics mean nothing. It is an enraging, disturbing and terrifying novel, one that does not grip the reader from the first page, but confuses him/her instead, inciting a thirst for clarity.

Crichton's purpose in writing this novel is an educational one, not of the science of genetics (though information regardi...more
Muhammad
Inilah contoh buku yang luar biasa sekaligus sangat kompleks. Saat saya menuliskan review ini, saya masih bingung seperti apa saya akan menuliskan sinopsis ceritanya. Sebab kalau saya menuliskan sinopsis hingga sepertiga ceritanya saja, pasti review ini nanti akan mirip dengan sebuah cerpen. Tokoh, plot, dan sesuatu yang ingin disampaikan oleh Michael Crichton di sini banyak sekali! Jadi sulit bagi saya untuk meringkasnya ke dalam satu atau dua paragraf. Tapi, paling tidak garis besar ceritanya...more
Thom Dunn
I finished NEXT last night, having taken two months of bedside reading to move through it leisurely. I also read several of the reviews on this web site. I wonder if those who complain it "has no plot" actually finished the book. Crichton DOES pull together his disparate plot lines in the last few chapters.
Its important to keep in mind, as one reviewer pointed out, that Crichton is a satirist. Here he mixes his serious material with raw comedy, going way over the top at times.
It might have he...more
Noah
This book didn't get interesting until page 236, which is too many pages for a book to get interesting. I was hoping for a page-turner beach read kind of book, but the first half was pretty slow. The second half flew by, but looking back it probably wasn't worth the investment. I would've enjoyed a few less storylines in this one - he's got about 20 different stories going on, because he's trying to hit on as many different ways that messing around with genes can and are effecting humanity - but...more
Roberto Guerra

Next was interesting. Some parts were intriguing and made you think about how this might take place in real life. However, there were way too many characters that made the story confusing. It seemed like there were just too many subplots within the story and not enough of an actual story-line to tie them together. The general story was a little vague for the mere fact that it continued to jump from character to character, and before you knew it there was even another batch of characters added a...more
Andrew
This is classic Crichton. He picks a controversial topic (in this case Biotech/Genetic Manipulation run amok (or even science in general)) researches it meticulously, and writes a chilling, thought provoking, highly readable story about it. BUT, I have some reservations...

PROS:

1. If any topic that Crichton writes about interests you, buy his books and read the bibliography section in the back. He is one of few novelists that I've read that has done such extensive research. Want to know about Glo...more
Robert Laird
For a Crichton book, the story was fairly flat and the characters not very fully developed, but all that can be overlooked due to the importance of the ideas he was trying to get across. And to say "ideas," I really mean he was trying to give the reading public a sense of what is on the horizon with respect to genetic patents and experimentation. Simply put, it's a cautionary tale intended mostly to inform in an entertaining way. If that was his purpose, he succeeded quite well, and I can encour...more
Hannah Imrem
Due to the fact that I'm not a large fan of science-fiction (or science in general) I was hesitant to read Michael Crichton's book Next, but after the first few pages I was hooked. This book contains different stories from the points of view of a variety of characters, with their plots all having some connection to genetics. I learned a lot from this book, probably because Crichton took hard-to-understand scientific topics like genetic engineering and actually made them interesting to learn abou...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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