A strong follow-up to its predecessor, The Lost World captures everything fun and exciting about Jurassic Park, repackages it and sends it to us almost first class, this time screaming its ode to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 fantasy novel of the same name. Crichton’s signature short and simple prose carries the reader briskly through the adventure as we find ourselves back in the cauldron of science’s retro revisit to prehistoric chaos. Filled with a lot of action and some very interesting theories, the sequel starts out strong, lulls in between, and then rushes to the type of climax one would expect from another novel full of carnivorous creatures remade and displaced in time. If not for the occasional preachy nature, the inability to progress on the originality of the first, and lack of proper grammatical editing in parts, giving the book a rushed quality, this novel would have been Jurassic Park‘s equal. As it is, though, it falls a bit short. A worthy read, but not wholly on the level.

3.5 out of 5 stars.


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