Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug... show more
Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction—is it worse than the disease? We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps, a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars and to test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes . . . Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and the bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect. The future is closer than you think.
Publish date: November 28th 2006
Pages no: 431
Edition language: English
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Aside from the obvious puns about how this was the Next book I was going to read, and that my wife was going to read it Next.... So this was one of the least enjoyable Michael Crichton books out there. All about genetics, genetically modifying organisms, gene editing, gene therapy, etcetera. ...
It was a. ok book. I received it as a present and it was light reading. I thought the plot was not very complex.
1.5Next is a very well-researched book. And that’s the only good thing I can say about it.The characters were too many and too unmemorable; I forgot nearly all of them as soon as they were mentioned. The stuff on stem-cells and genes and biotechnology was excruciatingly boring. The story was over-ex...
DNFAbandon ship! A case of too many characters, scene changes and my growing boredom led to this sad state of affairs.
Most of the characters in this story were not very likable, so for that I would have given it a 2. However, Crichton's newspaper excerpts (oh, the wit!) and engaging subject matter were enough to raise it to maybe a 3.5. Most people, it seems, would probably not enjoy this book much, but I thought i...