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Deep in the remote Nevada desert, eight people are trapped inside of the Xymos Corporation by a rapidly evolving swarm of predatory molecules that have massed together to form a powerful and intelligent organism that is targeting its creators.


In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles—micro-robots—has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton'smost compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence—in a story of breathtaking suspense. Prey is a novel you can't put down.

Because time is running out.

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Deep in the remote Nevada desert, eight people are trapped inside of the Xymos Corporation, a state-of-the-art fabrication plant, by a self-replicating, rapidly evolving swarm comprised of predatory molecules that they themselves had created and that have massed together to form a powerful and intelligent organism that is targeting its creators. 2,000,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harper Collins Publishers, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780066214122
Branch Call Number: FIC Crichton, M 2002
Characteristics: xiii, 367 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 17, 2017

This book was a really great read. The techno-jargon wasn't too heavy, and was always translated into something more easily understood. I feel it is a good book for early sci-fi readers.

Jan 11, 2014

I'm not usually into books where the storyline is based on tech, and at first was going to put this one down. I'm glad I read through it. It held my interest throughout, even though it was predictable by the last third or so. Shades of Aliens in one particular section...

May 04, 2013

I think this is one of Crichton's best. His ability to translate boring scientific language into something understandable to all readers, and even more, something exciting, never ceases to amaze me

Jul 16, 2012

Readable work, yet not one of Crichton's best. A good portion of the story is tecnho-jargon, and it is pretty easy to figure out what is going to happen well before the end of the book. I kept waiting for a little bit more excitement, anything more "crichton" but it never quite materialized. I wouldn't tell someone to skip it, but I'd remind them that this book isn't his best.

Nov 26, 2011

The story has a considerable amount of technical jargon, whether it is true, or part of the fiction, there simply is too much of it. Also some of the characters reactions, particularly to the death of friends and relatives, is surreal..the author doesn't include real life emotion to such tragedy...just an OK novel in my opinion.

Exo Aug 26, 2011

Pretty good. It was interesting enough, and it made me want to read more of his books. Not outstanding, but definitely readable.

Jan 03, 2011

I would say this has to be his worst. I have most of his books and he is one of my favourite authors, but when I read this I was thoroughly disappointed. Skip this one.

Dec 27, 2009

A good science fiction thriller. Hard to put down. Could this happen? Scary.

Sep 17, 2008

creepy yet satisfying.

Nov 08, 2007



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