The Lost World
Michael Crichton
Bantam Books


I read Michael Crichtonís The Lost World. ô In the following paragraphs, I will not only explain the book, but also give my critique of it. I will also give a paragraph that was probably the best paragraph in the book, in my opinion.
The book starts out with Ian Malcolm, a mathematician who had already had an experience with live dinosaurs a couple of years ago on another island. He has pretty much blocked that experience from his mind. Anyway, it also talks about a man named Doctor Levine. This man talks at a lecture that Malcolm is watching about the theory of there being a lost world, an island, undiscovered, that has extinct animals on it, particularly dinosaurs. Malcolm dismisses this idea saying that is the dumbest thing he ever heard. After the lecture, Levine talks to Malcolm to help him in finding this "Lost World." Malcolm again dismisses him. After a couple weeks of Levine nagging him, he sort of gets more into the idea, and starts to believe it. Levine Narrows it down to one island, Isla Sorna, and just leaves without telling anyone.
Two of Levineís students, Kelly and Arby, get worried when he wasnít there to teach their class, because they were supposed to go on a field trip with him that day. They go to a guy named Doctor Thorne, a guy that was making specialized equipment for their trip. He said that he didnít know what was going on. They contact Malcolm and they go to Levineís apartment. They go to his computer room and see all this stuff on the wall about site B. They go onto the computer and Arby gets all this stuff about site B on it. Malcolm then finds out that the island that Levine went to was Isla Sorna. They plan this whole trip to go there, just Malcolm, Thorne, and Thorneís assistant, Eddie. They also call a woman named Sarah Harding, a scientist in Africa, to come with them. She had to take a flight in a while, she was too far to just go with them. They told the kids that they couldnít go. They leave for a helicopter with a specialized explorer, and two trailers, with a lot of equipment. On the way there, Thorne gets a call from Arby saying good luck. They get to the island and search for Levine, with this device they have, the find him and go back to the trailer. Before the go back, you find out that that Kelly and Arby hid in a compartment in the trailer. They find a computer and get into the system and find that there are cameraís all around the islands.
Sarah Harding tries to find a way to the island, but canít, until she finds a boat going there. The People on the boat, Dodgson, King, and Baselton. They have plans to go to the island and steal some eggs. Sarah doesnít know this and goes for the ride. On the way there, Dodgson pushes her off the boat. She swims to a cave and gets on the island.
Meanwhile, Levine, Thorne, and Eddie erect a high hide. This protects them from the dinosaurs. They had a close encounter with Parasaurs when a whole herd of them went past the high hide. They didnít notice it though. Later on, Arby sees someone on the screen. Its Sarah. They go to pick her up.
Dodgson, King, and Baselton are stealing eggs. The get to the T-Rexís nest, the expect the T-Rex to not be able to see as long as they donít move. Malcolm says that they are misinformed and in the chase, Baselton and King Die, and Dodgson gets away and is chased by these small dinosaurs into this shed, and he falls asleep. During that chase, Levine and Eddie were at the nest, and Eddie saw a hurt baby T-Rex. Levine tells him to shoot it, but instead, Eddie brings it back to the trailer. Ian and Sarah try to heal it while everyone else goes back to the high hide. While they are mending itís broken arm, the parents come back for it. They keep bashing the trailer until they figure out what they are