The first 75 or so pages of this book I was convinced that I was too stupid to read this book. I took several college level natural science courses including genetics, biology, botany, and I even student taught for environmental science for a semester. However I found myself looking up terms and even googling a few things to better understand what they were talking about. After page 75 or so the entire book did a 360 and it turned into more or less a version of, "Honey, I shrunk the Graduate Students." I'm sure many of us remember the 80's movie, "Honey I shrunk the Kids"? Just replace the kids with 7 graduate students and the dad with an evil businessman of a nano tech company bent on killing anything that did not agree with him.
I spent the next couple hundred of pages thinking to myself that this was one of the most ridiculous books I have ever read. It reminded me a lot of Jurassic Park. I don't really know what happened to me. All of a sudden I started enjoying the book. It was fun and I started to enjoy the written description of our world told from a micro human. I have sat out in my garden planting and just watching all the small insects, worms, and other bugs working their magic and wondering how much more I could see if I were as small as they were. We need these little creatures as much as we need food, air, and shelter.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes, I did. I think it's worth giving it a read. It is a bit campy, but so are so many other things that we enjoy.
A very thrilling book. Up to Crichton's usual standard of taking cutting edge technology and applying it creatively then everything goes awry. Read this and you will never look at bugs and soil in the same way as you do now. I couldn't put it down.
Although I have almost always enjoyed Michael Chricton's books in the past, I read about half of this one but found I couldn't suspend my disbelief (about half inch tall scientists running around in a jungle) long enough to finish this one.