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Michael Crichton, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park, comes an astounding, eye-opening look at the world of genetics as it's happening now, told as only Michael Crichton can tell it, with lightening fast pacing and thrilling chases.

Welcome to our genetic world. Fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future—it's the world right now. Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction—is it worse than the disease?

We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars; test our spouses for genetic maladies and even frame someone for a genetic crime. We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes...

Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn.

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Welcome to our genetic world. Fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future—it's the world right now. Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction—is it worse than the disease?

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Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn.

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        "NEXT is one of Mr. Crichton's more un-put-downable novels. Its emphasis is on excitement." — New York Times

        "[Crichton's] in top form with NEXT....There's a lot to like and to scare you." — USA Today

        "[NEXT] is a tribute to Crichton's storytelling skill...the docmentation he sprinkles throughout the narrative teases us with speculation." — Los Angeles Times

        "NEXT is a romp and a potboiler...a blockbuster science thriller...an entertaining read." — Philadelphia Inquirer

        "Under Crichton's imaginative scrutiny, body-part theft, the extinction of blonds and transgenic experiments...all loom on the horizon." — People

        "His plot, involving a score of main characters and a dozen different strands, defies summary but is completely brilliant." — Daily Mail (London)

        "[Crichton] invites a mass audience irresistibly into some of the Most Important Conversations We're Not Having." — Time magazine

        "Crichton creates a series of fascinating dramatic situations that hold a reader's attention right down to the last page." — NPR (All Things Considered)

        "Crichton addresses complex contemporary issues...into thrilling reads." — Newsweek

        "Crichton has created a series of vivid, thought-provoking morality plays, presenting key questions engendered by genetic research." — Globe and Mail (Toronto)

        "Crichton's latest techo-thriller raises fascinating ethical questions." — Christian Science Monitor

        "A compulsively readable beach book about the dawn of the biotech revolution." — National Review

        "You realize what [Crichton]'s fictionalizing could be happening now, not "Next." And that's what makes it all so terrifying." — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

        "As entertaining as anything he has written since Jurassic Park." — Dallas Morning News

        "Read this book. It's enough to scare the DNA out of you." — Baton Rouge Advocate

        "NEXT will frighten, worry and amuse you, and keep you thinking long after its final words are read. Highly recommended." — Bookreporter.com

        "A cracking pace...fast-moving plot with highly detailed research." — Sunday Telegraph (Australia)

        "The writing is mentally sharp, with vignettes that make you wonder if you are reading satire or simply mild exagerration." — Houston Chronicle

        "A satirical thriller that will have bookworms glued to their armchairs." — Denver Post

        "(Crichton) is one of the most reliable purveyors of brain-engaged popular fiction at work today." — Sunday Express (London)

        "It is devilishly clever...thoroughly enjoyable." — Aberdeen Press & Journal [Scotland]

        "Crichton sets up mind-boggling scenarios. The pace and intrigue last to the final page." — News of the World (UK)

        "A complex and credible extension of present reality into the realm of the imagination. A highly readable novel." — South China Morning Post

        "NEXT is a page-turner, natuarlly; deft and dashing, eminently professional. " — Daily Telegraph (London)

        "[Crichton's] latest is in genetics and his literary success is assured." — Mail on Sunday

        "[Crichton] is a punchy, modern storyteller. NEXT is a popular...

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        Do you own your body's cells? If a doctor develops a cure for a disease using your cells in the process, are you entitled to a share of the profits? These are some of the questions Crichton explores in his latest science-as-boogeyman polemic. Baker does all he can to give life to the characters, but they are little more than tools to convey the plot, so the author leaves him little to work with. Baker subtly shifts the tone of his voice to distinguish between characters and deftly alters the cadence of his speech to keep the narrative flowing. Despite his best efforts, though, Baker cannot turn the nonfiction interludes between chapters into anything remotely interesting. As if these weren't distracting enough, the multiple subplots make it quite difficult to keep track of what's going on, or how one plot line relates to another. Reading a book that goes in this many directions would be difficult enough, but on audio it's almost impossible to follow. Baker's performance is excellent all around, but listeners hoping Crichton would return to Jurassic Park
        form will be left wanting. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover (reviewed online).

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        Bestseller Crichton (Jurassic Park) once again focuses on genetic engineering in his cerebral new thriller, though the science involved is a lot less far-fetched than creating dinosaurs from DNA. In an ambitious effort to show what's wrong with the U.S.'s current handling of gene patents and with the laws governing human tissues, the author interweaves many plot strands, one involving a California researcher, Henry Kendall, who has mixed human and chimp DNA while working at NIH. Kendall produces an intelligent hybrid whom he rescues from the government and tries to pass off as a fully human child. Some readers may be disappointed by the relative lack of action, the lame attempts to lighten the mood with humor (especially centering on an unusually bright parrot named Gerard), and the contrived convergence of the main characters toward the end. Still, few can match Crichton in crafting page-turners with intellectual substance, and his opinions this time are less likely to create a firestorm than his controversial take on global warming in 2004's State of Fear.

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Welcome to our genetic world. Fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future—it's the world right now. Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction—is it worse than the disease?

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