In a lab in Nevada, microscopic robots called nanobots are the focus of a technological scientific experiment run by the Xymos Company. Nanobots are equipped with artificial intelligence and programmed to learn and evolve.
Having escaped the lab, a swarm of these predator nano-bots develop and multiply unchecked with humans are their prey. It's up to Jack, a recently unemployed husband of a Xymos worker, to save the world from a corrupt organization and dangerous little robots.
Crichton did a great job. He doesn't hold back on the scientific part of this story, which makes it even more interesting and realistic. Prey taught me a lot about the complex science of nanotechnology without me even realizing it.
The storyline is full of twists and turns, with an overall element of mystery that leaves you wanting more. I never lost interest. It made me want to research nanotechnology since it presented this science as such an exciting field.
Never the sci-fi type, I still found this book extremely interesting and enjoyable. It's a good read if you have any interest in science, or if you like mysteries and thrillers. Crichton does his best to present a believable story, though it does dry out factually and turns more to science fiction as the story progresses, which I didn't particularly like.
Still, amidst the science, there is plenty of human interaction and emotion. This book can shock you, and make you really feel for the characters. It is not predictable or cliché and has something for everyone in Crichton's classic manner.
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