Please tell me I’m not the only person out there reading this who can honestly say experiencing Jurassic Park for the first time – both seeing the movie and reading the book – was like changing?
I am? Well then…
How about another question. Was I the only one out there who watched every single episode of Lost? Yes? Well crap…
Anyway, for me, both Jurassic Park and Lost were the epitome of creative media. Both were such unique stories – at least at the time – that they changed how people viewed media and became legends within popular culture. What would happen if you combined the two? Would you come up with something just as legendary?
Yesterday’s Flight tries to do just that. Admittedly, it falls a little flat of legendary. But it does at least border on extreme uniqueness.
Martyn Eliington’s story focuses on two story lines – a startling archaeological dig that uncovers a fossilized dinosaur which appears to have been killed by an airplane crash and the airplane survivors themselves. The book moves much too quickly at times and much too slowly at others and I struggled to follow the time line, but the heart of the story is still there. The archaeologists, along with with a plane crash investigator, work madly to uncover what happened and who was involved while the time-traveling survivors encounter raptors, T-Rexs, and triceratops. It’s a bit hokey sounding but the book was a quick read and something about it becomes plausible.
Half way through the story, as the present day investigators realize that they may still be able to prevent the crash from happening (after all, they have no idea when the plane took off in the first place), the reader remembers what the book’s title is. Yesterday’s Flight. From then it, it feels like a rough ride. Will they make it in time to stop the inevitable?
If the book sounds at all interesting to you, I do recommend that you read it. If you’re thinking it sounds a little too ridiculous, go ahead and skip it. Why would I say that?
I feel like the ending fell flat. There’s nothing worse than reading a book that you’re totally into, only to realize that the ending didn’t explain anything at all. Much like the series finale of Lost left everyone wondering why they’d bothered, and Jurassic Park 3 made me question why I spent $8 to watch dinosaurs run around – minus the good storyline and science from the first two – something about the end of this book left me completely unsatisfied. I’d love to see it developed just a little bit more.
In the end, I’d have to categorize this as an ok read. It was free for me. So if you find it for free, read it. But don’t bother paying the $2.99 they are charging on Amazon right now. That $3 could definitely be spent better…… like on a Jurassic Park buried deep in the old movie bin at Walmart.