Our Movie Reviews State of Fear
Author: Michael Crichton
Average Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Last Reviewed On: July 2, 2005 (by Scott)

Scott's Review:
3 out of 5 stars on July 2, 2005

First off, it's important to note the plot to this book is really secondary. In previous Crichton books, sure the plot is basically how some scientific advancement will lead to our doom, leaving the plot as a secondary device.

This one takes it to an extreme. The characters in this book are a very thinly veiled attempt to get the reader to read a speech on the evils of global warming. Don't get me wrong, the story is interesting, and it kept me reading, but it's far from believable. It wasn't enough to keep me from realizing I'm reading an exaggerated instruction book.

I won't really talk too much about his debate on global warming. I'm not the person to do that, but I did feel it did a good job of poking holes in a lot of the "theories" that many people take for granted. I'd like to see more debate on this subject, but it seems everyone already knows the solution, and much like trying to debate the proper way to handle social security, no one wants a debate, people just want to yell at one another.

In the end, it's an interesting read, and if you really have an open mind about the state of our science and the impact on politics with regards to global warming, I highly recommend it. If, on the other hand, you just want an interesting fiction book, skip this one, as the plot behind it is very mechanical, and just exists to get the facts and arguments across.

-- Scott and Michelle