9 Novels to Cure Your Post-Jurassic World Entertainment Slump
Jurassic World is the smash-hit blockbuster of the summer. It has been crushing industry records with its winning combination of thrilling, fast-paced plot, a talented (and attractive!) cast, amazing special effects, and plenty of awesome dinosaur action. But does every other movie you’ve seen since just seem . . . not as cool? Are you wondering what to turn to in the wake of your encounter with the Indominus rex? Never fear—here are nine books to cure your Jurassic World “hangover.”
All over the world, animals are brutally attacking humans with uncharacteristic ferocity, planning, and cunning. Biologist Jackson Oz has been tracking this trend for years, but no one ever took him seriously—until now. In this inventive white-knuckle thriller, Oz and his fellow scientists must race to warn the world and find the cause of the violent animal behavioral changes . . . before it’s too late.
3The Lost World
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, most famous for his Sherlock Holmes stories, penned the original The Lost World. In this imaginative tale of adventure and discovery, an eccentric paleontologist embarks on a suspense-filled search for prehistoric creatures in the wilds of the Amazon, accompanied by a skeptical colleague, a plucky sportsman, and an intrepid reporter. When their bridge to civilization collapses, the explorers find themselves marooned among dinosaurs.
4Planet of the Apes
The chilling masterpiece that launched one of the greatest science fiction sagas in motion picture history. When three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, they soon discover the terrifying truth: on this world humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters. Will they become the saviors of the human race, or the final witnesses to its damnation?
Every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite, Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror: the human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare.
7Under the Dome
Stephen King’s tour-de-force follows an apocalyptic course of events when one Maine town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky, a gardener’s hand is severed as it comes down, people running errands are divided from their families. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, or when—even if—it will go away.
One of my favorite things about the Jurassic Park franchise is that it raises such provocative questions about the ethics of science and creation, a la Dr. Ian Malcolm’s observation that “your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could [create dinosaurs] that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Mary Shelley’s masterpiece of scientific horror also explores this moral quandary.
9The Andromeda Strain
Michael Crichton’s debut novel is just as breathless, suspenseful, and smart as his later work. When a satellite falls from space into a desolate area of Arizona, people in a nearby town begin dropping dead. But the terror has only just begun, because when scientists try to find the cause of death, they can’t imagine just what kind of unearthly danger they are dealing with . . .