Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Prey by Michael Crichton

Prey (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Michael Crichton

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
7,454122468 (3.43)53
Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:New York : Harper Collins Publishers, 2002.
Collections:Your library

Work details

Prey by Michael Crichton (2002)


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 53 mentions

English (114)  French (2)  Swedish (1)  Dutch (1)  Spanish (1)  Danish (1)  German (1)  Finnish (1)  All (122)
Showing 1-5 of 114 (next | show all)
Six-word review: Clumsy, amateurish ending cancels suspenseful excitement.


The premise, essentially that of AI entities run amok, is a strong one. The social issue is a significant one and has been for several generations now: when high-tech developers focus on immediate goals (including financial ones) and damn the consequences, what is the real cost, and who pays?

On page 290 there is about as disgusting an image as I have ever encountered in fiction, namely, the sensation of stepping on or in the gelatinous corpse of one's former colleague.

The ending was pretty much of a letdown, mostly an infodump. Fie, Michael. ( )
  Meredy | Feb 26, 2017 |
Classic Crichton - hard science crossed with fast thrills ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Dumb as hell, but the kind of dumb you can forgive yourself for enjoying when you're reading a 500-page book and not watching a $100 million blockbuster. Remember Lost? Remember the smoke monster before it turned out to be just a really old dude who could turn into a smoke monster? This is a book about that smoke monster if it were made out of nanomachines and uninterested in leaving a top secret research facility in the middle of the desert. Sounds a little less intimidating than some of Crichton's other monsters, but oh man, imagine being stuck in that top secret research facility in the middle of the desert? This started strong and ended... less so. Still a real page-turner! ( )
  steve520 | Dec 10, 2016 |
an interesting tale of man creating new life that threatens to wipe him out in a modern day context of computers, nanobiology and the modern concept of evolution. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this fast paced science technical story. It’s filled with enough suspense to keep you turning the pages. It’s been a while since I read a Michael Crichton book. He has a way of making the technical stuff easy even if you’re not a science fan. ( )
  caanderson | Oct 10, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 114 (next | show all)
Prey is a thriller, well constructed and fun to read, like Michael Crichton's other books.
Prey finds him in familiar territory, cooking up devilish situations for mankind at the hands of scientists working without restraint and manipulated by big business for their own greedy ends.
added by stephmo | editThe Age, Jeff Glorfeld (Jan 12, 2003)
As a writer, Crichton has always been a businessman, but his novels are usually competent. This one is dull, dull, dull. Science fiction can work (Alien, Blade Runner), but only where the mix of science and fiction is right.
Crichton dresses up his stories in contemporary clothes, and the nature of the threat is as much a wardrobe decision as anything else. It is, in fact, the key decision, and his alighting on nanotechnology is inspired.
added by stephmo | editThe Guardian, Nicholas Lezard (Dec 14, 2002)
But ''Prey'' blazes enough trails that no one will mind that none of them are literary.
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
It's midnight now.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Deep in the Nevada desert, the Xymos Corporation has built a state-of-the-art fabrication plant, surrounded by miles and miles of nothing but cactus and coyotes. Eight people are trapped. A self-replicating swarm of predatory molecules is rapidly evolving outside the plant. Massed together, the molecules form an intelligent organism that is anything but benign. More powerful by the hour, it has targeted the eight scientists as prey. They must stop the swarm before it is too late…
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061015725, Mass Market Paperback)

In Prey, bestselling author Michael Crichton introduces bad guys that are too small to be seen with the naked eye but no less deadly or intriguing than the runaway dinosaurs that made 1990's Jurassic Park such a blockbuster success.

High-tech whistle-blower Jack Forman used to specialize in programming computers to solve problems by mimicking the behavior of efficient wild animals--swarming bees or hunting hyena packs, for example. Now he's unemployed and is finally starting to enjoy his new role as stay-at-home dad. All would be domestic bliss if it were not for Jack's suspicions that his wife, who's been behaving strangely and working long hours at the top-secret research labs of Xymos Technology, is having an affair. When he's called in to help with her hush-hush project, it seems like the perfect opportunity to see what his wife's been doing, but Jack quickly finds there's a lot more going on in the lab than an illicit affair. Within hours of his arrival at the remote testing center, Jack discovers his wife's firm has created self-replicating nanotechnology--a literal swarm of microscopic machines. Originally meant to serve as a military eye in the sky, the swarm has now escaped into the environment and is seemingly intent on killing the scientists trapped in the facility. The reader realizes early, however, that Jack, his wife, and fellow scientists have more to fear from the hidden dangers within the lab than from the predators without.

The monsters may be smaller in this book, but Crichton's skill for suspense has grown, making Prey a scary read that's hard to set aside, though not without its minor flaws. The science in this novel requires more explanation than did the cloning of dinosaurs, leading to lengthy and sometimes dry academic lessons. And while the coincidence of Xymos's new technology running on the same program Jack created at his previous job keeps the plot moving, it may be more than some readers can swallow. But, thanks in part to a sobering foreword in which Crichton warns of the real dangers of technology that continues to evolve more quickly than common sense, Prey succeeds in gripping readers with a tense and frightening tale of scientific suspense. --Benjamin Reese

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:43 -0400)

(see all 7 descriptions)

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles-micro-robots-has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 13 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1627 avail.
19 wanted
1 pay1 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.43)
0.5 6
1 50
1.5 24
2 207
2.5 56
3 609
3.5 119
4 588
4.5 46
5 260

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,174,370 books! | Top bar: Always visible