I started reading Next by Michael Crichton just after Christmas, and have been reading bits of it since. In some ways it’s typical Crichton – taking a scientific theme and writing a novel around it. In this case, the subject matter is genetics and bioengineering.
The plot is in fact a set of loosely coupled stories about people either in or affected by biotech/genetics, and at times it’s a struggle to remember all the characters. Some chapters are quite fun, and the talking animals (really) are an amusement but the entire novel seems largely to be a rant at the biotech industry, indeed the last few pages are things that the author suggests need to change.
Even if you’re a Crichton fan, it’s not one of his best.
Next up, something a little different – Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager