The Lost World, by Michael Chrichton
Review by Nolan You
When a substitute teacher goes missing, two dedicated kids go looking for him. There they find an adventure in the waiting. They had done chores for him before and when they couldn’t find him, they head to a mechanic who is helping their substitute prepare for a journey.
Dr. Levine’s friends and assistants go to an island to help him, and they don’t let the kids go. The kids go anyway and stow aboard the vehicle made for the once-in-a-lifetime journey and discover a Lost World.
I really enjoyed the fact that it was better than the movie. (The movie was really bad.) My favorite part in this book is when they’re hanging over a cliff. A literal cliffhanger, and then the chapter ends. The author really develops the characters, such as in this scene, when they visit the mechanic, Dr. Thorne: “Doc Thorne was a grey-haired, barrel chested man of fifty-five. Except for his wire frame glasses, he looked as though he may be a retired prizefighter.” In my mind’s eye, I can see him in all his glory. I thought the book was quite good, but not quite as good as the first book.