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Next by Michael Crichton
Next is a mix of fact and fiction, or perhaps, fiction inspired by fact. Michael Crichton examines the ethical, moral, and legal consequences of gene manipulation and explores what might come next. Next consists of parallel storylines, some are fanciful and some are drawn from reality. There's Davy, a transgenic monkey boy created when a scientist inserted human genes in a chimpanzee embryo, Gerard, a parrot infused with human genes who can help with math homework, and an orangutan who can curse in several languages. There are also court cases about stolen genetic information and lawyers using genetic-inspired behavior as a criminal defense. Next has received mixed reviews with the New York Times saying, "Next is one of Crichton's more un-put-downable novels."