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Today is the release date of Jurassic World! For those who are keeping track, today is the release date of the fourth Jurassic Park movie. However, did you know that Jurassic Park was originally a book?

The book Jurassic Park was written by Michael Crichton and published in the year 1991. Crichton also wrote Timeline, and The Andromeda Strain, and was also the creator of popular television series ER (1994-2009).

For those who have not read the book or seen the movie, here is a brief plot summary:

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong…and science proves a dangerous toy….  – Goodreads

So, how does the book compare with the movie?

The plotline of the movie stays close to the plotline of the book except for a few chapters at the beginning of the novel. (Spoiler Alert: the first few chapters of Jurassic Park are featured in the movie Jurassic Park II: The Lost World)

One of the most captivating (perhaps maddening for others) features of the novel is Crichton’s extensive scientific research. Crichton himself is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Jurassic Park uses scientific discoveries and facts in order to perpetuate the idea of bringing dinosaurs back from extinction. I personally have no extensive background in science, so I cannot say how accurate his research is. Though with my limited knowledge of biology and physics, I was still able to follow along with minor difficulty. The science is reasonably explained so as not to go out of the general population’s depth. Those who have seen the movie will probably not expect the great detailed explanations of DNA and biology. Just be prepared. If you want to read a simple thriller for the sake of being horrified, I wouldn’t suggest Jurassic Park.

And now for my final verdict…

It surprised me that I enjoyed this book. It is, without doubt, well-written. Crichton knows how to blend both suspense and science without making his novel sound like a dry text book. I would most definitely recommend this book to dinosaur lovers and fans of the film. It is worth a read, especially now that Jurassic World has just been released in theatres today.

Have a good weekend!