My Rating ~ Five Stars
RELEASE DATE: 1 May 2019
During the events of Jurassic World, Claire Dearing faced the savage fury of dinosaurs unleashed . . . but it wasn’t the first time. In this entirely new coming-of-age story, Claire lands an elite internship working for Simon Masrani and soon discovers his plans to build an all-new theme park–Jurassic World! Along the way, Claire establishes valuable relationships with both her peers and the prehistoric creatures she studies, but when the situation turns dangerous, she begins to see the dinosaurs in a different light. Fans of Jurassic World will delight in filling in the gaps of Claire’s past, all while gaining insights into the experiences that transformed her into the strong woman we know today.
Thank you so much to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of The Evolution of Claire, in exchange for an honest review!
“Who needs boys when you have a Brachiosaurus?”
Anyone who knows me, knows if you want to see me excited, you just have to wave anything dinosaur related under my nose. I will forever be in love with all things Jurassic Park, so when I received this book, to say I couldn’t wait to read it was an understatement. The Evolution of Claire is Claire’s backstory – the story of when she completed her internship at the theme park during its construction stage. I expected the dinosaurs, but I wasn’t prepared for the brilliant friendships, mystery and secrets that this book brought to the table.
The Evolution of Claire reads like a YA book, as opposed to the original Jurassic Park books that feel very much like adult books, but I adore YA so that didn’t detract from the story at all for me. I loved being able to watch how Claire became the person she did. I wasn’t a huge fan of her in the Jurassic World movie, but I think now, having her backstory, I understand her character so much more. I understand her motivation to put her work before everything else, to make sure she keeps the promise she made to herself.
The other characters in this book had me feeling all the emotions, from Wyatt who I wanted to use as a mop, to sweet Justin, to playful Pearl the Brachiosaurus. The interactions with the dinosaurs and the focus on animal behaviour just ticked all my boxes for what I love about the Jurassic Park books (I find the focus on this was definitely more pronounced in the books rather than the movies). This book wasn’t super short, but honestly, I just didn’t want it to end. I need more of these books (preferably by Tess Sharpe because she did such a brilliant job here!)
100% recommend for all Jurassic Park fans!
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