Jurassic Park: The Lost World by Michael Crichton

jurassic_park003After watching the first series of Jurassic Park, I still remember one quote by Ian Malcolm. “God creates Dinosaurs, God destroys Dinosaurs, God creates Man, Man destroys God, Man creates Dinosaurs.”

The next day, Mom suddenly appeared from nowhere, holding a big plastic bag labeled Kinokuniya. I quickly followed her around the house hoping for her to say, “Hi Elysa, I got one book called _______ from the bookstore.” But instead she took out six books! Six! She explained to me the genre of the books. I pointed at the second Jurassic Park book, titled “The Lost World”. Mom bought the second book because she thought after I watched the first movie, I would be interested to read the second one.

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There was a rumor from Costa Rica –  six years after the disaster. The energy and electricity had a problem which made all the dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus and some Velociraptors) ran away. At Hammond Zoo, they ate up some people who  were investigating the zoo, and the rest narrowly escaped. Some strange, weird, and unidentified creature corpses were washed on some islands. This made Dr. Levine, working together with Dr. Ian Malcolm, wanted to check it out.  Levine was a very annoying and smart. Some people said, “He remembers all the bones of an extinct creatures and won’t let anybody forget about it.”

After traveling and finding the corpses, Dr. Levine  figured out that they must be coming from Isla Sorna. Suddenly, he was gone. He made his assistants, Arby, who was 11 and Kelly who was 13, really worried. They contacted Dr. Throne, who was instructed by Levine to make a light and strong  car for his expedition. Dr. Throne too became worried and contacted Sarah Harding and Ian Malcolm about his disappearance. They both agreed to come with him. Throne left with Eddie, his workman.

Kelly and Arby wanted to come too but were forbidden by Throne. But they sneaked into one of Dr. Throne’s cars. They departed to Isla Sorna with Sarah catching up because she was in Tanzania, Africa, researching on lions and hyenas. Throne, Eddie, and Malcolm found an old lab, while Arby found a computer in the car which were actually cameras to monitor the dinosaurs.

When the dinosaurs were infants, they had a mysterious disease called DX. All the infants were thrown to the park with tags for the hope they would survive on their own. But they were captured and kept in the zoo. Six years ago, all the dinosaurs in the zoo were destroyed, but the ones in Isla Sorna were not.

As Throne, Eddie and Malcolm exited, they received a call from Arby about a location of a T-Rex that was so near to them. They narrowly escaped the tyrannosaurus. They managed to find Dr. Levine in a T-Rex nest. Meanwhile, Sarah had arrived on the island with the help of Dodgson, who actually came there with King and Baselton. They came to island to steal all the dinosaur’s eggs. Sarah was picked up by Ian Malcolm and Dr. Throne. The thieves managed to steal a Maiasaurus egg. They soon arrived to the dreaded T-Rex nest. Sadly, they were misinformed that tyrannosauruses couldn’t see objects that couldn’t move. Baselton was killed, but King and Dodgson escaped; chased by the T-Rex parents.

What happened next was the team went on to investigate the nest to find a baby injured. Eddie stupidly brought the baby back to the camp, where the rest of the team disappeared to the high hide leaving Ian and Sarah to tend the infant. After healed, they were nearly killed by the parents and escaped to the high hide with the help of Dr. Throne. To make it worse, there was a Velociraptor’s attack! King and Eddie was killed and eaten, and Arby was almost killed. Sarah and Dodgson ended up under a car. Shortly after Sarah was battling the Velociraptors, Dodgson was taken back to the nest and was killed by the infant tyrannosaurus.

After returning to the team safely, Sarah and the remaining people, Levine, Ian, Arby, Kelly and Thorne, ran away from Velociraptors. They escaped from the island with a helicopter.

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After reading this book, I asked to myself many questions about God, creation, and extinction. My mom and I went into a heavy discussion about playing God, cloning the dinosaurs, and the extinction of humans. Even though I enjoy reading the story, making sense of this  book is so complicated, it is causing my head hurts. It is difficult to put down the main concepts from my brain into words. Maybe because I am too little to understand.

Why I like the quote from the line above: “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs” is because that line is totally true. It is not scientific nonsense. God really created the dinosaurs, and the extinction of dinosaurs means God destroyed them, then there was human. Humans were created by God, but humans had sins and they destroyed God, and humans (only in Jurassic Park realm) recreated dinosaurs that were unaware which century they were in.

I have lots of questions to ask about the book when I finished reading.

  • Who created the idea of God creating humans?
  • Why and what is the reason that dinosaurs are extinct?
  • Is it okay to play God?
  • When Ian Malcolm said “Nature finds its way”, does nature mean God here?
  • Could it be possible that humans would extinct one day?

Maybe some people can answer them, maybe some people can’t answer them. Or maybe there is no answer for those questions. But from now, the answer is very complicated for a little 10-year-old girl, but maybe when I am a bit older, I am going to find out.

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