THE LOST WORLD
THE LOST WORLD
by Michael Crichton
This story takes place six years after the Jurassic Park disaster.
The book starts out with Ian Malcom giving a speach on his theory of extinction at a
place called the Santa Fe Institute. As he’s talking, a tall man stands up. His name is
Richard Levine. He’s a paleontologist, and he is fairly wealthy. He interrupts Ian to tell
him that he doesn’t think dinosaurs are really extinct. He believes there’s a lost world on an
island somewhere off Costa Rica.
“I’m quite serious. What if the dinosaurs did not become extinct? What if they still
exist? Somewhere in an isolated spot on the planet?” (5) Ian tells him this is nonsense,
and continues on explaining his theory.
Outside of the Santa Fe Institute, Ian meets up with his long time friend, Sarah
Harding, a well-known biologist who studies large predators in Africa. They discuss what
Levine said, and they come to the mutual conclusion that Levine probably doesn’t know
what he’s talking about.
Meanwhile, Levine is secretly preparing equipment for a jungle expedition. He enlists
the help of a man called Doc Thorne, who was a college engineering professor, but now
designs souped-up vehicles for expeditions and searches. He also enlists Doc Thorne’s best
mechanic, Eddie Carr. Levine has Doc Thorne and Eddie rig a Ford Explorer and a
motorcycle to run on batteries. He also has them build reinforced trailers to house
biological labs. Levine inspects the equipment and sees that it is satisfactory and almost
ready to go. He suggests that instead of testing the prototype vehicles first, they take them
directly to Costa Rica to start the expedition. Thorne doesn’t like the idea, but because
Levine is so enthusiastic, he agrees. Levine sets to leave at midnight from San Francisco,
and the expedition is to join him in Costa Rica about forty-eight hours later.
As they’re finalizing their plans for the trip, a black kid, Arby Benton, about ten years
old, wearing glasses and a suit, and a taller white girl named Kelly Curtis walk in and catch
wind of the plan and immediately want to go. They had been expecting to go on another
small expedition with Levine over their spring break to study fossils having already had
permission from their parents. Since they already had permission to be away from home,
they decided it wouldn’t hurt to go a little farther. Levine, Thorne and Eddie immediately
say, “No,” thinking that the risk would be too high. Levine leaves later that night for Costa
Back at the Santa Fe Institute, Malcom says goodbye to Sarah, because she is going
back to Africa to continue her study of hyenas. As Malcom watches her leave, he decides
to go visit his friend Doc Thorne in a day or two.
Levine reaches Costa Rica the next day and charters a fishing boat to bring him to Isla
Sorna, one of five islands in a chain known as the “Five Deaths.” Satellite evidence
indicates to Levine that a volcanic island in this area may be home to nests of living
dinosaurs. Before Levine leaves for the island, he hires a local guide, named Diego, who
visited the island frequently as a child and claims to have knowledge of the island’s trails