The Lost World

The Lost World

by Michael Crichton

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of Timeline, Sphere, and Congo comes the sequel to the smash-hit Jurassic Park, a thriller that’s been millions of years in the making.
“Fast and gripping.”—The Washington Post Book World
It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end—the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, and the island indefinitely closed to the public.
There are rumors that something has survived. . . .
“Harrowing thrills . . . fast-paced and engaging.”—People
“A very scary read.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Action-packed.”—New York Daily News
“An edge-of-the-seat tale.”—St. Petersburg Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345538994
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 33,693
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 7.49(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 23, 1942

Date of Death:

November 4, 2008

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California


B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969

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The Lost World: Story Excerpt ~ Diego

In places, the Jeep track was hardly recognizable, so thickly had the jungle grown back. Clearly, no one had used this road for many years, and the jungle was always ready to return.

Behind him, Diego grunted, swore softly. Levine turned and saw Diego lifting his foot gingerly; he had stepped to mid-ankle in a pile of green animal-droppings. Levine went back.

Diego scraped his boot clean on the stem of a fern. The droppings appeared to be composed of pale flecks of hay, mixed with green. The material was light and crumbly - dried, old. There was no smell.

Levine searched the ground carefully, until he found the remainder of the original spoor. The droppings were well formed, twelve centimeters in diameter. Definitely left behind by some large herbivore.

Diego was silent, but his eyes were wide.

Levine shook his head, continued on. As long as they saw signs of herbivora, he wasn't going to worry. At least, not too much. Even so, his fingers touched the butt of his pistol, as if for reassurance.

They came to a stream, muddy banks on both sides. Here Levine paused. He saw clear three-toed footprints in the mud, some of them quite large. The palm of his own hand, fingers spread wide, fitted easily inside one of the prints, with room to spare.

When he looked up, Diego was crossing himself again. He held the rifle in his other hand.

They waited at the stream, listening to the gentle gurgle of the water. Something shiny glinted in the stream, catching his eye. He bent over, and plucked it out. It was a piece of glass tubing, roughly the size of a pencil. One end was broken off. There were graduated markings along the side. He realized it was a pipette, of the kind used in laboratories everywhere in the world. Levine held it up to the light, turning it in his fingers. It was odd, he thought. A pipette like this implied-

Levine turned, and caught a glimpse of movement out of the corner of his eye. Something small and brown, scurrying across the mud of the riverbank. Something about the size of a rat.

Diego grunted in surprise. Then it was gone, disappearing in foliage.

Levine moved forward and crouched in the mud by the stream. He peered at the footprints left by the tiny animal. The footprints were three-toed, like the tracks of a bird. He saw more three-toed tracks, including some bigger ones, which were several inches across.

Levine had seen such prints before, in trackways such as the Purgatoire River in Colorado, where the ancient shoreline was now fossilized, the dinosaur tracks frozen in stone. But these prints were in fresh mud. And they had been made by living animals.

Sitting on his haunches, Levine heard a soft squeak coming from somewhere to his right. Looking over, he saw the ferns moving slightly. He stayed very still, waiting.

After a moment, a small animal peeked out from among the fronds. It appeared to be the size of a mouse; it had smooth, hairless skin and large eyes mounted high on its tiny head. It was greenish-brown in color, and it made a continuous, irritable squeaking sound at Levine, as if to drive him away. Levine stayed motionless, hardly daring to breathe.

He recognized this creature, of course. It was a mussaurus, a tiny prosauropod from the Late Triassic. Skeletal remains were found only in South America. It was one of the smallest dinosaurs known. A dinosaur, he thought.

Even though he had expected to see them on this island, it was still startling to be confronted by a living, breathing member of the Dinosauria. Especially one so small. He could not take his eyes off it. He was entranced. After all these years, after all the dusty skeletons - an actual living dinosaur!

The little mussaur ventured farther out from the protection of the fronds. Now Levine could see that it was longer than he had thought at first. It was actually about ten centimeters long, with a surprisingly thick tail. All told, it looked very much like a lizard. It sat upright, squatting on its hind legs on the frond. He saw the rib cage moving as the animal breathed. It waved its tiny forearms in the air at Levine, and squeaked repeatedly.

Slowly, very slowly, Levine extended his hand.

The creature squeaked again, but did not run. If anything it seemed curious, cocking its head the way very small animals do, as Levine's hand came closer.

Finally Levine's fingers touched the tip of the frond. The mussaur stood on its hind legs, balancing with its outstretched tail. Showing no sign of fear, it stepped lightly onto Levine's hand, and stood in the creases of his palm. He hardly felt the weight, it was so light. The mussaur walked around, sniffed Levine's fingers. Levine smiled, charmed.

Then, suddenly, the little creature hissed in annoyance, and jumped off his hand, disappearing into the palms. Levine blinked, unable to understand why.

Then he smelled a foul odor, and heard a heavy rustling in the bushes on the other side. There was a soft grunting sound. More rustling. For a brief moment, Levine remembered that carnivores in the wild hunted near streambeds, attacking animals when they were vulnerable, bending over to drink. But the recognition came too late; he heard a terrifying high-pitched cry, and when he turned he saw that Diego was screaming as his body was hauled away, into the bushes. Diego struggled; the bushes shook fiercely; Levine caught a glimpse of a single large foot, its middle toe bearing a short curving claw. Then the foot pulled back. The bushes continued to shake.

Suddenly, the forest erupted in frightening animal roars all around him. He glimpsed a large animal charging him. Richard Levine turned and fled, feeling the adrenaline surge of pure panic, not knowing where to go, knowing only that it was hopeless. He felt a heavy weight suddenly tear at his backpack, forcing him to his knees in the mud, and he realized in that moment that despite all his planning, despite all his clever deductions, things had gone terribly wrong, and he was about to die.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ever hear that annoying phrase "the book is way better than the movie"? Prepare yourself because that is exactly what I'm going to say here. The book is absolutely amazing. Events unfold that weren't featured in the film and the story is alternate from what was in the film. I eagerly wait for Jurassic Park (the first novel) to release on the Nookbook list. Oh and "the book is way better than the movie". ;)
Phantom4Ever More than 1 year ago
i read the book before i got my nook and it was a library book now i reallllyy want to buy it and re read it i really liked the book and how it showed the t-rexes as good parents and that really touched me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with action adventure and mystories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i ever read : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great quick read but was able to explain things thoroughly. The Lost World movie totally raped the book though so if you are a big fan of the second movie, you may not like this book. Its so sad that hollywood took a great book and changed it so that barely anything resembled the book except for an island overrun by dinos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More of the same kind of slow in some parts not one of his better works first one still numberone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is seriously one of my favorite books! I actually read this last summer. I read the first one back in 2007 and thought it was absolutely amazing and I did not want to finish The Lost World, but after reading it, I like it better than Jurassic Park!!! It is soooooooo good. Seriously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie first and fell in love with the idea of dinosaurs walking again. I finally learned there was a book first and bought them both. I would highly recommend reading the books first if you haven't seen the movie. The first movie followed the book pretty good because Michael Crichton did the screenplay. The second movie however, seems like a totally different thing from the book. The book is much better and compelling. When the T-rex escaped through San Diego, that was interesting, but added drama for the movie. It never happened in the book. It is compelling and you will not want to put it down. I recommend any other Michael Crichton novels, movies, or television shows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read Jurassic Park for an assignment in my Biology class. I really didn't enjoy, but I wanted to know what happened in the sequel. I read the sequel and I was very satisfied. It is thrilling, gruesome at points, suspenseful, and at several points humorous. Great Read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is the sequel to the best selling novel 'Jurrasic Park'. Michael Crichton has made a living writing these suspensful and exciting novels that talk about science and the dangers involved with it. The novel started off slow but it was well worth it because of the suspense. The novel is just as good and just fast as the first but its on a whole new island. The novel is a fast raed and it is really interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was just looking over the reviews and saw one entitled 'Not Worth The Money!' I'd like to point out that this is untrue. The Lost World is an excellent sequel to Jurassic Park, especially because the two kids in it play a VERY important role(must...not...give...spoilers...). Arby really should have been in the movie, some of his scenes were awesome(*coughcagescenehack*) and would've really made the second movie exciting, not that it wasn't already. They also should have added the real bad guys(Dodgson and lackeys) along with Dr. Levine and Dr. Thorne. In the book, Sarah Harding is way more hardcore than in the movie. This is a GREAT read. If you're not sure about it, check it out of a library first to read, like I did. Well, I hope you enjoy TLW as much as I did!
Anonymous 27 days ago
The first 100 pages were boring and progressively got better
Anonymous 5 months ago
I have reread this book countless times and never tire of it. Such an interesting story with an exciting plot and lots of cool scientific information!
Anonymous 6 months ago
I could not put this boom down. I loved it. I really enjoyed how real science was mixed well with the fiction to make it seem so real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit to much Jurassic Park-redux for me. Like most Crichton books, it's an easy read and will while away a weekend for you, but I don't think you're missing anything if you skip it.
dspoon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Junior Novelisation captures all the thrills and chills of The Lost World story - with heart-stopping suspense, hair-raising action, and illustrated with colour photographs from the film. Something has survived...In 1993, an ambitious entrepreneur named John Hammond spoke four words which ushered in a new era of motion picture excitement and set worldwide boxoffice records..."Welcome to Jurassic Park". Now, a few years later, Hammond makes a startling confession to scientist Ian Malcolm: another island of dinosaurs island where dinosaurs have been living and breeding in the wild...the Lost World.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I suggest you give this and Lost World a whirl if you only saw the movies and you're interested in a meaty backstory - Lost World, in particular, has nothing much in common with its lame film counterpart. Although the science may stretch the bounds of believability if you know a lot about genetics, the theories themselves are interesting, fodder for further thought, and the plots are certainly suspenseful, veering off in different directions than the movies at many points. Also, the film version of Jurassic Park omitted the wonderful compys and an entire plotline involving the velociraptors' escape from the island (although I do think that Spielberg did a better job with the children's characters). The Lost World's plot is a bit more ridiculous than its prequel, I must warn you, but if you can get past the several unbelievable plot twists, you'll really enjoy the ride.
StormRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Lost World is the sequel to Jurassic Park, and it just isn't nearly as good. Crichton apparently originally didn't want to write a sequel, but the enormous success of the Jurassic Park movie (coupled with some pressure from movie makers) caused him to change his mind. The end result seems strained and unfocused, as if Crichton simply had no good ideas and decided to just toss in a bunch of people and dinosaurs at random.A character who unequivocally died in the first book is back (a concession to the movie, where that character survived), and becomes the central character of the book. A hidden source of trouble, unmentioned by any of the characters in the first book (including those who necessarily would have known of it) is the central locale of the plot. People run off to do silly things. An evil corporation crops up, a new one, not the same one as in Jurassic Park. Rescue missions are planned. Greedy people make shortsighted decisions in pursuit of money, and poetic justice is visited upon them.The book just seems tired and stale. Reading the book feels like eating day old bread - it was probably really good yesterday, but today it is just good enough to be edible. The Lost World is just good enough to be readable, but nothing more than that.
laurab_53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great follow-up to the original.
ciara.caldwell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great follow up for Jurassic Park. I was sad to find out there wasn't a third.
LillyParks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Jurassic Park.This book is a bit slow and predictable. Maybe, having read Jurassic Park had gotten me prepared for those dinos living on Site B will be hungry and restless on Site B. I found the characters Arby and Levine to be enjoyable and amuzing. To bad they weren't included in the motion picture. It was nice to see Malcolm, resurrected from the dead, even though he died in Jurassic Park. He was alive and well and still, the cantankerous mathematician. The Lost World is not near the brillance of Jurrassic Park, but still satisfies. If you like dinosaurs, science, or anything Crichton writes, you should find that this novel has something you will enjoy.
deslni01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Crichton's The Lost World is an interesting piece of work. On the one hand, it is an exciting, page-gripping, edge of the seat thriller reminiscent of the first Jurassic Park novel. On the other hand, it is exactly that: reminiscent of the first Jurassic Park novel. In many ways, it is merely a rehash of the original. Ian Malcolm returns, as does Dodgson, there are other dinosaur and mammalian experts involved (of course, they are all considered the best in the world), and the story could not be complete without two out-of-place brilliant children with knowledge and skills well above their actual level - particularly in the field of computers.But that must be taken with a grain of salt, and Crichton forgiven, as he never planned on writing a sequel. It was only after many, many people, ranging from film producers to fans of both the novel and the movie pressured him into it.Although many aspects are similar, that does not make the book any less appealing. With dinosaurs running amok, creating chaos, how can it be a bad read? This time, Ian Malcolm makes another appearance by wanting to visit the island and see the dinosaurs again. In that regard, his personality is very different than readers are accustomed - that, and he is alive, which he wasn't at the end of the first novel. One of his colleagues finds Site B, another island where dinosaurs were being produced for the park. Naturally, said colleague visits it alone, and Ian and several other colleagues must rescue him.Of note are the reasons for the velociraptor's unseemly lifestyle - because as recreated animals they are missing a very important part of evolution: the social aspect. Also interesting are Malcolm's discussions on evolution and Darwins theory. Crichton was no slouch when researching what he wrote about, and this is no exception. Of course, Crichton has an agenda in writing such a book, and that is to beware human existence and technological advancement. As Malcolm said,Human beings are so destructive, I sometimes think we're a kind of plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that's our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the deck, and lets evolution proceed to its next stage.The Lost World is a thrilling adventure that should not be missed by any reader who enjoys dinosaurs, thrillers, excitement or adventure. And since nearly everyone likes dinosaurs, it should be a required read...for most. For those that dislike the character Dodgson from both the original and the beginning of The Lost World, it is worth finishing merely to see Dodgson's comeuppance.
Radaghast on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when I was younger. Rereading it recently, I'm not sure why. It loses the sharpness of Jurassic Park. The characters are much less compelling. The whole book just feels forced. Maybe you can only read the Lost World once to appreciate it, or maybe I've discovered the reality of the book with more mature eyes.
brettjames on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The follow-up to his best book ever was one of his worst, and sadly a harbinger of things to come. No doubt distracted by the success of his TV show ER, Crichton barely seemed to be paying attention to what he was writing, as if his sole goal was just to get the producers of Jurassic Park II off his back. Incidentally, the movie itself was barely passable, but it was also one of those rare cases where it was much better than the book.