The Number One international bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Congo and Sphere blends fact and fiction to create a near-future where genetic engineering opens up a whole new world of terrifying, page-turning possibilities…
Is a loved one missing body parts?
Are blondes becoming extinct?
Has a human already cross-bred with a monkey?
We live in a GENETIC WORLD. Fast, frightening – and potentially VERY lucrative. There are designer pets; a genetic cure for drug addiction; a booming market in eggs and sperm. But is there also a talking ape in Borneo? Has a 'master' gene for controlling others been found? Could an innocent man and his family be hunted cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes …
Are you ready for what comes NEXT in Michael Crichton's stunning new thriller?
Praise for ‘Next’:
'A wonderful farrago, energetically stirring up a lot of scientific, medical, business and legal issues… marvellous.' Evening Standard
‘A satirical black-comedy thriller… Crichton writes likes Tom Wolfe on speed… completely brilliant… Crichton’s treatise on how breakthroughs in genetic science have been hijacked by science is anything but dull… top form.’ Daily Mail
‘One of the most reliable purveyors of brain-engaged fiction at work today… he is too good a writer not to nail us… diverting stuff.’ Daily Express
‘Crichton has certainly done his research… his alarm is hard to dispute… compelling… extremely funny.’ Sunday Times
‘Be very afraid… expertly blending science fact with fiction, Crichton sets up mind-boggling scenarios where doctors, lawyers, scientists and big business play God… the pace and intrigue last to the final page.’ News of the World
‘“Next” is ‘The Da Vinci Code’ with smarts. Own up, your guilty pleasure holiday reading awaits.’ SFX
‘If you’re curious about the world of genetic engineering, this is the novel for you… thought-provoking and at times frighteningly real, ‘Next’ is a demanding but enjoyable read.’ Woman
‘A satiric polemic… a convincing and scary warning from Crichton’ Sunday Times
About the author
After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Crichton embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker, whose credits include ‘The Andromeda Strain’, ‘Westworld’, ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Rising Sun’, ‘Prey’ and ‘State of Fear’ and the TV series ‘ER’. He has sold over 150 million books which have been translated into thirty-six languages; twelve have been made into films. He is only person to have had, at the same time, the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States. He is married and lives in Los Angeles.
Do you own your body's cells? If a doctor develops a cure for a disease using your cells in the process, are you entitled to a share of the profits? These are some of the questions Crichton explores in his latest science-as-boogeyman polemic. Baker does all he can to give life to the characters, but they are little more than tools to convey the plot, so the author leaves him little to work with. Baker subtly shifts the tone of his voice to distinguish between characters and deftly alters the cadence of his speech to keep the narrative flowing. Despite his best efforts, though, Baker cannot turn the nonfiction interludes between chapters into anything remotely interesting. As if these weren't distracting enough, the multiple subplots make it quite difficult to keep track of what's going on, or how one plot line relates to another. Reading a book that goes in this many directions would be difficult enough, but on audio it's almost impossible to follow. Baker's performance is excellent all around, but listeners hoping Crichton would return to Jurassic Park form will be left wanting. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover (reviewed online).
Entertaining but no masterpiece.
Although it doesn't have a particularly cohesive plot (more like several which are interconnected) the book is an entertaining read, even with the authors soap box approach to scientific issues, as is typical of his recent books.
Well written ....poor ending!