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3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  55,327 Ratings  ·  2,629 Reviews
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 November 28th 2006)
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Elaine No, it's not a comedy. At the end, you will find that the different characters and plotlines are interconnected.

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Alex Telander
Nov 02, 2007 Alex Telander rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jeffrey
Apr 22, 2007 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gerald
Aug 13, 2010 Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Matthew
Oops! Finished this yesterday and forgot to review!

I enjoyed this book even though it was a bit spastic. Basically, Michael Crichton learned everything he could about the state of gene research and politics and combined it into a series of fictional stories to make separate points. Some of the stories ended up crossing and some did not. If you read this, don't expect any cohesion, just appreciate the anecdotes within.
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.
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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
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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
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Santhosh
Sep 14, 2014 Santhosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The later few Crichton novels seem to have a higher vision and intent than to only entertain; they also seek to educate and encourage debate. To that end, Next throws light on areas such as the government's policies on intellectual property rights for genetic discoveries, the absurd practice of patenting entire genes (and all uses and interactions that genome may carry out with anything else - in all of mankind) and diseases, what exactly constitutes cell ownership, and the moral grey areas such ...more
Stefan Yates
Feb 02, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
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
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Kathy
Nov 25, 2008 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2013 Sanjay Sanghoee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
bendyroad
Aug 01, 2007 bendyroad rated it did not like it  ·  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
Rashmi Banerjee
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
Jennifer
Mar 27, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-other
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
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Kersten
Dec 11, 2008 Kersten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Timothy
Oct 14, 2016 Timothy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this was like watching a badly written television series. Crichton tried way too hard to be sensational. Disappointing.
Jason M Alexander
Science runs amok when introduced to the profit motive.

This is a work of fiction, but firmly rooted in the possibilities of today. Genetic capitalization, that is the name of the game and Crichton spins multiples stories that all revolve around how the progress of science can be (and likely already is) used and abused for capital gains. In a world that has seen the proliferation of drug commercials, sky-rocketing drug costs, and morally ambiguous legal decisions regarding big pharma, much of wha
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Jenni Lind - Bookcetera Reviews
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,
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Chris
Jul 05, 2007 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
This could have been a thrilling book, really, but it definitely isn't! Crichton picked a very interesting topic (genetic engineering) but failed to make a coherent book out of it: a chaotic plot, uninteresting characters, disjointed storylines that are woven together towards the end of the book but don't make much sense, an ending that left characters and situations unresolved (not to mention the cuttings about the evolutionary fate of blondes?!)... "Completely brilliant", it says on the front ...more
David
Jan 10, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Meg
Jan 14, 2017 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, owned
A fictional thriller with multiple storylines related to genetic testing and research. The story itself was only ok but the really interesting part is the science. I'm keen to follow this up with some non-fiction on the topic to work out how much of Crichton's creation is real.
Darnia
Dec 21, 2015 Darnia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, 2015
Komplain awal gw adalah di buku ini yg diceritakan adalah transgenik manusia dengan simpanse. Lalu yg ditemukan bisa ngomong dua bahasa, Belanda dan Perancis, di Sumatra adalah orangutan. Tapi, demi apa cover di buku versi Indonesia ini adalah gorila???!!!

Buku-buku Crichton selalu bertema ilmu pengetahuan (eh, gak tau lagi kalo Disclosure. Belum baca yg ini) dan minimal bawa-bawa hukum sedikit. Yg jelas topik yg dibahas selalu menarik. Kali ini, beliau menyoroti soal kecanggihan rekayasa geneti
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Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
I have Michael Crichton to thank for my transition from young adult fiction to adult fiction. After devouring Timeline at 12, I was in shock that books could be this good – filled with crazy science, time travel, and terrifying fights for survival.

It was fantastic to discover that not all books were about teens overcoming drug addictions/abuse or silly teenage hormonal problems.

Apart from Harry Potter, no book has consumed me like Crichton’s at that point. I read very few YA novels after that
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Kim
Jan 22, 2009 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rob Damon
Lots of interesting ethical issues come up in this book. Gene patenting, ownership of a person’s body cells, treatment of hybrid apes, blah blah blah…

Amongst all of this, and between the various news articles, is a confusing plot, or plots, about a woman being hunted for her cells, a man who invents a nasal spray that can make people mature, a talking ape, and a parrot called Gerard who can do arithmetic.

Although interesting and fast paced, there was not enough focus on any one character for me
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Travelling Sunny
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
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Janelle Dazzlepants
Dec 13, 2008 Janelle Dazzlepants rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, thriller
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
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Kandice
Aug 05, 2008 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anything monkey, gorilla... right up my alley.
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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 Dougla ...more
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