Much like Crichton’s Jurassic Park and Timeline, Micro sees a set of people thrown into an unknown environment. In this case they are shrunken and deserted in a rain forest. Insects become monsters in this micro-world and even at the height of half an inch, the people find mites, which are as tiny to them as a flea or chigger is to a person of normal size. One of my favorite parts is when they go swimming/bathing and one woman finds a paramecium, a one-celled organism with cilia all around it to propel it. She holds it in her hand and feels the cilia brush against her fingers.
As per normal for Crichton, there is a company which has developed amazing technology but has been doing some shady business as well. When certain people learn about this, they disappear. Then the disappearances start to pile up drastically, which is how the students (being recruited to work for the company) find themselves stranded in the rain forest–they are meant to die there. Many do, of course, but the bad guy has a hell of a time getting rid of them.
Here’s what I love about Crichton: I always learn new things in his books and feel smarter for having read them. In this case I learned just how important pheremones are to creatures of tiny proportions, that certain wasps lay eggs in a host, that mites exist just about everywhere, and that tiny creatures have seemingly enormous strength because gravity has less of an effect on them (hence an ant being able to carry objects that weighs twice its own weight).
I really liked this book. If you enjoy Crichton, read it. If you like adventure stories, read it. If you like science and technology, read it. If you like bugs, read it. Basically…just read it.
Review by Jessica A.