Next (Enhanced Edition)
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A captivating enhanced ebook version of the classic from 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…
We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it’s possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars and test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one-fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes.
We live in a new world where nothing is what it seems. The future is closer than you think.
The enhanced e-book for Next contains 5 exclusive videos and an interactive map of the human body with gene patent information.
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.
Bestseller Crichton (Jurassic Park) once again focuses on genetic engineering in his cerebral new thriller, though the science involved is a lot less far-fetched than creating dinosaurs from DNA. In an ambitious effort to show what's wrong with the U.S.'s current handling of gene patents and with the laws governing human tissues, the author interweaves many plot strands, one involving a California researcher, Henry Kendall, who has mixed human and chimp DNA while working at NIH. Kendall produces an intelligent hybrid whom he rescues from the government and tries to pass off as a fully human child. Some readers may be disappointed by the relative lack of action, the lame attempts to lighten the mood with humor (especially centering on an unusually bright parrot named Gerard), and the contrived convergence of the main characters toward the end. Still, few can match Crichton in crafting page-turners with intellectual substance, and his opinions this time are less likely to create a firestorm than his controversial take on global warming in 2004's State of Fear.