I burned through Michael Crichton’s book, “The Sphere” (Amazon) on Saturday. Overall I enjoyed this book, the plot, and the characters.
Crichton is known for blending theory, science, and other facts into his story.
The Sphere does a great job of not overloading you with scientific facts but instead puts this in when needed.
Dialogue is heavy and the characters are at least tolerable and coherent.
If you’ve read my review on “The Martian” (where I destroy Andy Weir’s novel) you know that I absolute hate how the dialogue is written. The main character, Mark Watney, says things like “yay!” and “Boo!” and other memorable kid-like quotes that take the reader out of Mars and onto a kids Lego playset.
For people who hated Andy Weirs The Martian, picking up Michael Crichtons book, The Sphere, is a breadth of fresh air. That’s not to say that this book is the greatest, but I found it way more enjoyable than that horrible book mentioned above.
Ok, now for the book itself. I was sold when I read that the plot involved an alien spaceship and that spaceship crashed into the ocean. A team is assemble to go open it up and what they find is something you will have to read for yourself. I won’t spoil the book.
I will say that this book takes the psychological route when explaining the weird phenomenon they encounter. So if you’re a big fan of sci-fi with physical aliens, then you won’t get that with this book.
The pacing is slow at first, but not so slow that you put it down within the first couple of pages. There’s enough to be hinted at that will keep you moving along.
Once you get to the spaceship part, it becomes hard to put down, because we all want to know what’s inside.
If you’re a casual sci-fi reader, like me, then you will have no trouble getting through this book in a weekend.