Is it a science text book or a novel?
Out of all Crichton’s books I have read, state of fear id the one that feels so much like reading a science text book. There are TOO many scientific explanation involved in the story. I do believe that the long explanation can make people bored with the book but NOT ME though…I always enjoy reading all the scientific insert that Crichton wrote in ALL his books, it’s like reading a science text book in a fun way.
The story begins with some people stealing a machine that can create big wave. Then it moved to a man trying to set a deal to buy cavitation unit. The last epilogue is when a man bought half a million feet of wire. These three events connected to what would happen next in the plot.
George Morton was a very rich man who loved to support environmental organizations. NERF is one of the organizations where he shared his money the most. He trusted the man who controlled NERF, Nick Drake. But one phone call made him distrust Drake. He only trusted his lawyer, Peter Evans, and his assistant, Sarah Jones.
When Morton met John Kenner and Sanjong Thapa, he started behaving unlike himself. His unusual behaviour led him to a fatal accident that caused his life. But the story didn’t stop there. Kenner asked Evans and Jones to follow him stopping events that will lead to some kind of natural disasters, but there’s nothing natural about them because the disasters were caused by extreme environmental activists.
Basically, the plot is about stopping disasters that will cause a lot of people’s life. But what makes the book more interesting for me is the facts connected to environmental which Crichton shared to support his story. John Kenner (one of the main characters in the story) kept saying that global warming is not a threat at all. There is no evident that can support the fact that CO2 and global temperature are rising. There is no abrupt climate change at all. He didn’t say it without facts, he provided many fact and charts.
“The threat of global warming is essentially nonexistent. Even if it were a real phenomenon, it would probably result in a net benefit to most of the world.”
Michael Crichton always makes me amaze with all his scientific facts, he never tells a story without facts. I always wonder how long does it take for him to research all the data before he finishes his book.
However, I know that Crichton’s style of writing can easily bored people who don’t like science. He chooses a risky genre, in my opinion. I don’t know whether I have shared it here in my blog or not, Crichton’s The Lost Word was my first English novel…can you imagine the difficulty I faced at that time? My first non-native novel is so full of extinction theories and facts on dinosaurs (@.@)
State of Fear is not his best book, in my opinion. The suspense in this book is not as thrilling as his other books. I also think that there are too many coincidences and there are moments where I feel like Crichton is forcing them to be all happy and merry. I think he can do better than that.
Anyway, I look forward to another Crichton’s book he is the only author who can make me enjoy a story and gain knowledge at the same time.
Title: State of Fear
Author: Michael Crichton
Pages: 603 pages (including bibliography)
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers