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9 Novels to Cure Your Post-Jurassic World Entertainment Slump

Sarah Jane Abbott is an assistant editor for Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.  She grew up having NANCY DREW books read to her by her father, and is now an avid reader of mystery, thriller, and horror, along with everything from literary fiction to poetry to personal essays.  She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in English and a concentration in creative writing.  Sarah Jane is an advocate of quasi-destructive book love—her best-loved volumes are highlighted, scribbled in, dog-eared, and wavy from being dropped in the bath tub.  

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.”


Jurassic Park
by Michael Crichton

If you’ve never read the novel that spawned the film franchise, here’s the place to start; it differs in many ways from the film, so reading this is like experiencing an entirely new Jurassic Park adventure.

Jurassic Park
Michael Crichton

If you’ve never read the novel that spawned the film franchise, here’s the place to start; it differs in many ways from the film, so reading this is like experiencing an entirely new Jurassic Park adventure.

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Zoo
by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

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.

Zoo
James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

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.

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The Lost World
by Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

The Lost World
Arthur Conan Doyle

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.

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Planet of the Apes
by Pierre Boulle

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?

Planet of the Apes
Pierre Boulle

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?

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The Troop
by Nick Cutter

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.

The Troop
Nick Cutter

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.

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne

This science fiction classic tells the story of the renegade Captain Nemo, his submarine Nautilus, and the epic adventure that takes them around the world and deep under the sea.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne

This science fiction classic tells the story of the renegade Captain Nemo, his submarine Nautilus, and the epic adventure that takes them around the world and deep under the sea.

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Under the Dome
by Stephen King
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.
Under the Dome
Stephen King

King's novel UNDER THE DOME was the basis of the 2013 television series. On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Tensions inside the dome rise as resources dwindle and power struggles arise. Can the residents of Chester's Mill band together to survive, or are they doomed to destroy one another?

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Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley

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.

Frankenstein
Mary Shelley

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.

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The Andromeda Strain
by Michael Crichton
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 . . .
The Andromeda Strain
Michael Crichton

Crichton’s debut novel follows the government’s attempts to prepare for any bio-organisms entering our atmosphere from space. After extraterrestrial material from a downed satellite brutally wipes out a town in Arizona, a team of scientists from the top-secret Wildfire laboratory whisk the microscopic organism to an underground bunker in Nevada for study. In thrilling fashion they soon discover that the crystal microbes from the satellite Andromeda are an alien life form—one that might not want to purposely destroy all life on the planet, but may do so simply by existing.

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