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Author: Michael Crichton
Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction -- is it worse than the disease? — We live in a time...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060873165
ISBN-10: 0060873167
Publication Date: 11/13/2007
Pages: 560
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 461 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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ThreeCats avatar reviewed Next on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Ive been a big fan of Michael Crichton for years, since Andromeda Strain. I did not enjoy this book. Its as if he tried to explore every single possible ramification of genetic engineering. There are a dozen plots, none of them really well-developed, and only a few of them intersecting at the end to explain anything. The chapters are extremely short as he jumps from one subplot to another (is this a novel or a movie script hes writing?). The characters are underdeveloped, and there was not one character I cared about. Well, maybe I cared about Gerard. Crichton could have done so much with the subject, very disappointing.
Bibliocrates avatar reviewed Next on + 252 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This book was very interesting, to say the least, filled with ethical issues to think about! The story was engaging, thrilling, and even a bit funny at times, but I felt like I was left hangin' with regard to some of the characters. There were too many characters to keep up with, too many sub plots, and one mysterious french woman I never quite figured out. Gerard, the transgenic talking parrot, was awesome, but the whole Dave situation, humanzees, wow, a very frightening concept. I really liked the Author's Note at the end. I think I share his views on many of the ethical issues brought up in this book. I don't think genes should be patented either. It's too bad business and science cannot be kept separate.
reviewed Next on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is a book taking current biological (transgenic) research to the Nth degree. It is a fascinating book from the conceptual point. The bibliography is just as impressive as the book. Anyone who wants to see where cloning and genetic manipulation could take us would be interested in the fictional account.
reviewed Next on + 83 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
NEXt blends fact and fiction into a tale of a coming world where nothing is what it seems. It's what can happen, may happen and will happen if 'good people do nothing'. Challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality.
reviewed Next on + 228 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Describes frightening world of science turned into a business of playing with genes. Profiting off creating creatures not meant to be genetically combined such as humans and apes. Advertising on fish? Scary to think they already have created a cat that people are Not allergic too, and are now creating colored fish.
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misssteps avatar reviewed Next on + 27 more book reviews
While I enjoyed this book, it was difficult to follow the plot (I'm really not sure it even had a plot) and it seemed far-fetched that the characters came together at the end. I like that he dealt with this issue, and if you're interested in the issue (genetic manipulation) it's definitely worth a read... but if you're interested in Crichton for entertainment's sake, I would say just about any other novel of his that I've read (most of them) is better crafted.
shadow7 avatar reviewed Next on + 9 more book reviews
Can't go wrong with Michael Crichton! Hi tech, bio-genetics thriller!! Went through the book really quick. Very hard to put down! I'd give it a 9 out of 10.
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Interesting book by Crichton, not as good as Jurassic Park though. Has to do with the what the future of genetics holds and seems a bit far fetched at times, but who knows what the future holds.


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