A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep: Review of Michael Crichton’s Next


Next, by Michael Crichton.

Next, by Michael Crichton.

In Next, Michael Crichton delivers another fun, intellectually stimulating read as he explores the topic of today’s completely unregulated world of genetic science and genetic engineering. The story takes the reader from the wilds of Borneo to the NIH’s primate research campus to corporate labs and boardrooms, where careless researchers and financially-driven biotech CEOs play Russian roulette with the human genome and our collective future. Well researched, with a vaguely drawn line between what is and isn’t real, Next tantalizes as it terrifies us with the unimaginable consequences that can, and probably do, occur regularly, when reckless hubris, unbridled greed, out-of-step courts, absentee legislators and human frailties collide. The book’s depth, however, does not match its breadth. In his effort to keep the pace of the book galloping forward, Chrichton misses an opportunity to create more multidimensional characters and a far richer reader experience. Still, a fascinating and intriguing read.

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