Haven’t picked up a Crichton book since Timeline. That was back in…1999?? Shit. Well, anyway…here we are. To put it simply, Prey is a sci-fi thriller/horror about nanites, and it’s a damn good story. I’d forgotten how entertaining Crichton books were. He really had a knack for not only making a really creative story, but always making it feel really cinematic too. I’m kind of surprised that this one never got picked up for a movie like almost all his other sci-fi stuff. Maybe Hollywood doesn’t think nanite swarms are a visual enough threat? I don’t know.
Things start out a bit slowly as Crichton takes his time introducing the main character, his family, and a few hints about the impending crisis, but he does so in an effective suspense-building way that never feels boring. It’s kind of like the slow ride up to the top of the first big drop at the beginning of a roller coaster, then once things go over the edge it just doesn’t let up at all until the end. A situation with “just a few” rogue nanite swarms goes from suspicious to treacherous to oh shit everyone’s gonna die and the world might be screwed.
Yet another amazing Crichton classic. I’d put it right up there alongside Sphere, Congo, Jurassic Park, and etc. Definitely highly recommended to any sci-fi fans.