”Next” by Michael Crichton
A 2006 release that takes place in the present world, where both the government and private investors spend billions of dollars every year on genetic research. The novel follows many characters, including transgenic animals, in the quest to survive in a world dominated by genetic research, corporate greed, and legal interventions. — Description from wikipedia.
Having been a long time fan of Michael Crichton this is his latest and one of his funniest. It has many characters to follow and sometimes it hard to keep them identified in your mind from the way he tells the story.
Crichton is constantly jumping to a different character and sometimes not picking up from where he left off with the character. But once you identified the character and keep them identified in your mind the story flows quite easily.
“Next” brings to the light some question that will plague our civilization in the next five to ten years. The questions like: If a company patents your gene, do they own you? Where does ownership end? Is this a new form of 1984 where people can be kidnapped and sold on the black market for their genes?
The funniest aspect of this book is the transgenic animals. They give a humor that I’m not sure was intention but I found appealing. As Crichton’s books are ripe for Hollywood movie these transgenic animals will be the highlight and appeal to draw in children and fans. They have some of the funniest line in the entire book and give a much-needed levity to the hard facts that he is telling.
This is classified as science fiction but this is more of a unrealized future than science fiction. Everyone should read this book just to inform oneself of an impending doom. Because it’s just a matter of time before it happens and then he will be viewed as a visionary.