Before I started school, I made a point to read plenty of books since I won’t be able to read for leisure for quite a while.
Here are some of them, with very honest reviews.
Case of need: This mystery thriller is a good old “who done it” with a medical twist. Written by one of my all time favorite authors, Michael Crichton (who wrote Jurassic Park, Andromeda Strain, etc) the story centers around an ordinary pathologist who turns detective when his friend/fellow physician is embroiled in a lawsuit where he is being blamed for the death of a girl following a botched abortion. The story is gripping as well as medically accurate so if you’re a future med student, look into this one! I would say however that I have read other books by Michael Crichton that are more interesting and leave you gawking at the ending, (coming up in this list!)
We Yevgeny: This is a tricky one. I’ll preface this review by stating that I have not read 1984 by George Orwell and since this book is said to be a very similar precursor that inspired Orwell’s dystopian novel, that could be important. Moving on, as was aforementioned, We is a cautionary tale about the future of mankind and society if we continue down the road we are on. Hundreds of years from now, following “The Great War”, a society known as The One State is ruled by a person called the benefactor and people in the society are referred to by names made up of numbers and letters. An architect and mathematician of The One State tells his story through diary entries and describes this highly robotic, logical and unemotional world through his mathematical perspective of life. While the plot itself is interesting, the verbiage is of very high diction and is written very strangely, with characters frequently trailing off and sentences left incomplete. The book was originally written in Russian so there may have been things lost in translation but overall the story is worth the read if you are a fan of futuristic utopias that unravel due to human nature.
Sphere: I’m gonna say it. This is my all time favorite book. (IM SORRY STEPHEN KING I STILL LOVE YOU AND THE SHINING.) This is a sci-fi alien thriller that is very funny at times and then becomes very profound with its message toward the end. It’s such an all encompassing genre that it’s hard to describe but think of it like alien meets the alchemist. The plot itself involves 5 people from different academic backgrounds who are called in by the marines to investigate a peculiar spaceship at the bottom of the ocean. Except the spaceship was dated to be over 300 years old. This is just the beginning, and as the scientists attempt to figure out why and how this spaceship arrived, they discover way more than the bargained for. Get ready to laugh really hard, be intrigued at the super accurate science (the hallmark of a Crichton book tbh) and marvel at the amazing existence of life and the universe toward the end.
What kind of books are you into? In the very limited time I have I love to read fiction especially horror, mystery and sci-fi. Leave your recommendations and thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear from you 🙂