Title: State of Fear
Author: Michael Crichton
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Summary: Is global warming real or a "crisis" fabricated by corporations? A lawyer must wade through the evidence to find out.
The Take-Away: Since the story is told to convince the lawyer, the reader is just as confused. Is global warming real or is it just the spin placed by inaccurate referencing, reporting and political bias? After reading the book, I'm not as sure as I was before. If I were a better researcher, I'd take the time to read some of the peer reviews and studies that the book footnotes. But I'm not.
I am, however, a data girl. If the summary doesn't quite show what I want, I'll try another presentation. I appreciated that the data girl in this novel did the same and that Crichton gave her several pages to prove her worth as well.
I believe that something needs to be done and that man could be harming the earth that we live in. History has enough case studies to show that man has through arrogance and ignorance made bad decisions with long-lasting effects. I appreciate Crichton's research and novelization of the complexity of this problem. I believe that he undermined the statement that his novel made by stating "I have no agenda" in the appendix. He does. It's subtle.
Recommendation: Great read. Watch for the denied author's agenda.
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