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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  30,511 ratings  ·  3,308 reviews
In the vein of Jurassic Park, this high-concept thriller follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work for a mysterious biotech company—only to find themselves cast out into the rain forest, with nothing but their scientific expertise and wits to protect them. An instant classic, Micro pits nature against technology in vintage Crichton fashion. Completed by ...more
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Published November 22nd 2011 by Harper
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Crystal No...there may be a few mentions of sex and one scene where it is heavily implied that the two had sex, but no descriptions at all are given.
Ethan Green Let me offer an alternative view. I read the forward, something I almost never do, and it mentioned the author's inspiration to write this book was du…moreLet me offer an alternative view. I read the forward, something I almost never do, and it mentioned the author's inspiration to write this book was due to his dislike that many people are no longer taught about the natural world and how he was disappointed they couldn't name common plants / animals.

So my theory is he wanted to show off something the average reader would go "cool!" about. (less)

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Nov 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
What a disappointment. I stopped halfway— at the time I really couldn't continue; I've never been irritated by a book before but I did rally round and read to the end of the thing. I'm assuming my irritation was in part because of my expectations—‘an unfinished Crichton novel!’ I thought—what fun! But this isn't Crichton: whoever Mr Preston is, he's a cheap impostor whose prose employs words like 'goop', 'gunk' and 'goo'. Crichton didn't.

But then there's the technology. Crichton's time travel ha
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Do you believe in redemption?

We often abandon authors once they disappoint us, and Michael Crichton never really found his way again after 1990's Jurassic Park. In fact, in his later works Crichton seemed to spiral out of control, so I'd more or less given up on him. And I don't think I was the only one. Thankfully, Crichton's new book Micro could easily be adapted for film, suggesting that he had returned to form before he passed away in 2008.

There will be a temptation to compare Micro to Prey,
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
There should be a law against authors finishing up other authors' books. It never ends well.

But I do not think Richard Preston did all that much damage to the novel. In fact, from the unfinished introduction by Michael Crichton at the beginning of the book, Crichton appears to be in his preachy mode as he was in his most annoying books like his Japanophobic Rising Sun and his rant against the idea of global warming titled State of Fear. The fact that Crichton was already writing an intro may be
Will M.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this about a month ago, and only now have I realized that this needs a better review from me. For a Crichton (or half a Crichton) novel, this really has a low rating. At first I couldn't understand why, because this really has to be one of my favorite novels.

After reading a lot of reviews, I realized that people were rating this book based on their past experience with Crichton's novels. I will be honest and say that this was my first novel of Crichton, so maybe that's the reason for my l
Feb 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: recommends
"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" meets "And Then There Were None" in this lame attempt at pseudo-science fiction. Now, I'm all for the suspension of disbelief, but a magnetic field that shrinks people and machines down to half an inch, in seconds, without any kind of structural damage? Please. Dinosaurs, time machines, nano bots, no problem. But a shrink ray is going to take a bit more convincing. Shall I add that the idea of having seven grad students in the same lab, all of whom happen to be working ...more
Jesse A
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Disappointing. All the characters were so stock. The greedy bad guy did bad things because he's a greedy bad guy. No nuance. No finesse.
May 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mmm
That was lame. Good thing Michael Crichton was dead, so he wasn't around for this piece of junk. A lot of Crichton's books have a far-fetched wacky sciency central idea, but he somehow made them interesting and they worked. (view spoiler) ...more
Susan May
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I was really happy to discover a last Michael Crichton book, but what a disappointment. This is not Crichton. It's like a high school student wrote it. As a writer, I'm putting it in my will that nobody can finish any unfinished books of mine after seeing what they've done with this. What a shame. I can see where the new author kicked in writing this & it is not good. ...more
George Ashmore
M.C. wrote facinating fiction while alive--will see how he does with the handicap of death. Optimistic. Ok, no longer optimistic. It started interesting but lacked M C's attention to scientific detail and storytelling ability. I have read books like this where a loved author started it and someone else finished. Sometimes good, rarely great. In this instance, not so great. An ok read but disappointing to to its anchestry and my hopes. A book contract was fulfilled, some money was made, library f ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-scifi
Michael Crichton was an idea guy and apparently a busy man. So far, two books have been published with his name on them after his death. The first, Pirate Latitudes, was completed by Crichton, though the writing is uneven and thus it was probably edited after his death.

Micro is another story. Clearly, the writing style in the first third of the book is Crichton's, with emphasis on the "gee whiz" scientific aspects of the story that so often (and welcomely) permeates his books. The last two third
Dec 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
This was awful! The premise is stupid. The writing is bad,the characters are flat. The only thing that sells this novel is Crichton's name. Unfortunately, the other guy probably wrote it.
Tiff Miller
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
**There are some "kind-of" spoilers, but if you've read any Crichton, you won't be surprised. Just FYI**

I opened this book yesterday, and finished it before I went to bed. I couldn't put it down. The concept was intriguing, and the glimpse into the micro-world was pretty cool. Like all Crichton books, it's graphic and descriptive in its violence. It has some language, for sure. And there's even a giant boob. The dialogue was often cheesy and predictable, but some of it was great. Of course, near
Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars out of 5.

This book can be summed up in one gif -

Disclaimer: A little suspension on disbelief is required by the reader to read Micro (or any other MC book, for that matter).

Nanigen is a robotics company which recruits seven graduate students (each from a different field) as part of its research team. Nanigen is light-years ahead in its technology, seeing as how its scientists have come up with a "tensor generator" which is able to shrink humans to micro sizes. Teams have been successf
Kristine Muslim
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in one sitting today. Then I realized that there would be no more new Michael Crichton books after I finish his other posthumous novel, and what a sad finality to have to finally read what Crichton was reportedly working on when he was battling cancer. Now I'll simply have to make do with rereading his previous books. The choice of Richard Preston, the guy who wrote the harrowing The Hot Zone and oh-yes-yes Cobra Event and whose pedigree includes being a brother to don't-get-me-start ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first and so far last Michael Crichton Novel was "Jurassic Park". Now I've read "Miro". Again, the author(s) explore(s) a part of new technology and the dark sides of it. But as expected from Crichton he did it in a highly realistic and intelligent way. The book definitely is a page-turner with a lot of surprises! I especially liked the descriptions of the Hawaiian fauna and flora, the green hell the students suddently found themselves in. A lot of fun, definitely to be recommended.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really really liked it.
Erin Clemence
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Micro” comes from the brilliant mind of Jurassic Park writer, Michael Crichton. This novel was the last one Mr. Crichton worked on before his untimely death, and in fact, he passed before it was finished, which is where Richard Preston steps in.

A group of young scientists, working in the finest scientific laboratories in Boston, are invited to Hawaii as part of a recruitment project by start-up entrepreneur Vincent Drake. Here, the group is asked to be part of next-level scientific discovery
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have no problem proclaiming my love and adoration of the late, great Michael Crichton. Where he has always lacked in characterization and crafting language, he has always told big stories with big ideas. He was first and foremost an ideas man, and much like Jules Verne 150 years earlier, the concepts took center stage while characters and whatnot hung back in the shadows, only peeking out when necessary to the plot.

This is probably my least favorite Crichton novel, and I've read them all (excl
Kerry Nietz
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit, I was concerned. The reviews of “Micro” seemed so lackluster that I was almost afraid to read it. I wondered if it would taint the memory of an author I really admire. Sure, I knew the reigns were handed off to Richard Preston—a notable author in his own right—but as an author myself, I also know how difficult it would be to pick up someone else’s work and not only finish it, but do it in a way that would please that author’s fans. An author’s voice is unique. To duplicate it wo ...more
Twerking To Beethoven
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What would you get if you mixed "Fantastic Voyage", "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" and "The Island of Doctor Moreau"? This book, that's what you'd get. "Micro" is a super-fun novel. Nothing spectacular, all right, but some bits were so over the top they made the whole book awesome. I'm well aware of the fact that it wasn't met with critical acclaim, still it's a five star read for me.

PS = Given the amount of scientific-technical content, I'm pretty sure the first half of the book is 24 carat Cricht
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
OK, before I start with my review i just want to point out that a movie based on this book is rumored to be in the works. I believe I read Disney bought the rights for it and the other Crichton's book called Pirate Latitudes. This could be good and bad since it is sure to be rated PG or PG-13 with minimum on screen violence. Basically, it could be just another version of Honey, I shrunk the Kids movie.

Anyway, on to the book. The concept of small humans surviving the environment and being chased
Tanja Berg
Nov 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is not a good book. It's even worse than Michael Crichton's "Next". Despite this, I actually quite enjoyed it, probably because it was a quick and entertaining read. No surprises or twists and a very easy plot. The experience can be compared to eating a big mac and drinking a cheap wine with it - it fills you up for the moment while numbing your brain.

It's very difficult to give any sort of synopsis without revealing too much. I had feared the book would be very much like "Prey", but it's n
Karen Ng
Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This book deserves a 3.5 stars. As I said, as a long time Crichton fan, I probably came equipped with an overly high expectation. The book started out slow, with lots of loose ends that needed to be tied together, but came together nicely at around 30%. Without giving too much away, I'd have to say Crichton's high-tech, breakthrough technology is here, as well as the thrill factor, so the book is a page-turner. The general idea of the plot was good, and the story could be easily adapted into a m ...more
Mike Moore
You might think that my low rating indicates that I didn't like this book. This is not so, it's just that "ratings" or even "words" are an insufficient mode of expression to describe the experience of this, Crichton's last novel. No, to truly understand the sense of wonder, incredulity really, that this book inspires, a more subtle form is required. I'll go further: while many of MCs other books lend themselves to reinterpretation as B movies, Micro would probably be best experienced as an inter ...more
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Frankly, it was not what I was looking for from Crichton. Nevertheless, a good read.
Jonathan Maas
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nano-techno thriller - fun at times, but pretty frightening mostly

Kudos to Richard Preston, who had the daunting task of completing the inimitable Michael Crichton's last work.

It's Honey I Shrunk the Kids with real bad guys, and it gets frightening at times. But if you're a Crichton fan or anyone else, give this one a shot.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I will put my hand up to this one - I really enjoyed it - ok I know that Crichton has fallen from favour in recent years and yes I read Pirates Latitude and was rather disappointed - especially since On Stranger Tides was being released (and I loved the book not the film - bit thats a rant for another day) anyway lets say that I remember reading Jurassic park all those years ago - and I loved it (the film I did too apart from lots of screaming children who do not do what they are told to do - ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
This is the Michael Crichton I came to love in Jurassic Park. An adventure book filled with information and real science, and description to keep me turning the pages til I got to the end. I could not put this one down! The story centers on a company in Hawaii called Nanigen who is involved in drug research. Only they have a what can only be described as a rogue CEO who is greedier and more evil than the worst you can think of. When 7 college students come to Hawaii at the company's invitation V ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Essentially a grown-up, horror version of HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS. Great science from Chricton as always, but very violent and the characters were interchangeable. Bad guy is also a bit of a mustache twirler. All in all, a decent, but unmemorable outing.
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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 Doug ...more

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