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Extinction [a review]

When I heard last year that a startup called Colossal received funding to resurrect the woolly mammoth, two thoughts went through my mind:

  1. That sounds awesome.
  2. That is definitely a terrible idea.

Douglas Preston's new novel, Extinction, plays on exactly this dynamic. It's like Jurassic Park meets Planet of the Apes set against the backdrop of the Colorado Rockies. It's a gripping page turner that's equal parts fun and exciting while being a thoughtful reflection on the ethics of de-extinction efforts that really are happening as we speak. Just because we can bring species back from extinction, does that mean we should?

This is a fun little novel. I definitely recommend.

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