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Micro by Michael Crichton
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Apr 02, 12

Read in March, 2012

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 from cars and planes to people and animals to be shrunk down to tiny sizes. (i.e. humans are about 1/2 an inch tall when shrunk). The problem is that living creatures seem to go some sort of variation of the "bends" after a few day of being wee. This leads to a form of hemophilia that allows the to basically bleed to death from a bruise or small cut.

Of course, the firm wants to work this out so it arranges for a small group of grad students working with it to be mistakenly shrunk down. They find themselves on a journey to get back to the lab, where they are hoping to be resized back to normal. They, of course, are unaware of the dangers that face them from the their small statures ... and they are quickly preoccupied with the dangers they are confronted with from all sorts of birds, insects, and even the weather.

This is not a novel for the faint of heart as it is filled with lots of violence and gross scenes. Unlike in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, the ants they meet are not looking to befriend them and provide a means of transportation. The tiny humans seem to be more like a food source than pals to the ants. That is just the beginning...

Anyone who loved Jurassic Park, Congo or any number of Crichton's other similar works will find themselves quite happy with this book. It is not to be passed up!
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