“Jurassic World: The Evolution of Claire” by Tess Sharpe is a prequel to the story of the two most recent “Jurassic World” movies. In this book, seasoned author Sharpe creates the story of how Claire Dearing, who becomes the park’s operations manager, first gets involved in the Jurassic world.
Dearing is in college when she applies for an internship with the brilliant Mr. Masrani, who not only is fabulously wealthy, but whose genius is (re)creating dinosaurs and a theme park where people will be able to see dinosaurs. When she is offered the internship, it’s her dream come true.
What the story really does is provide background and character development for Dearing that a movie just isn’t able to do. One of the stories is especially poignant for animal lovers and really helps create a sense of Dearing’s character. In middle school, she noticed a dog chained in front of an empty warehouse. The dog had little shelter and barely enough food and water. She researched the laws and made a plan. The plan was:
“I bought disposable cameras with my allowance and I took pictures of the dog each day. I filled a notebook with daily observations. On weekends, Dad drove me over so I could keep track of the dog then, too…
“It took patience. It took time. But finally, there were two weeks where the warehouse owner didn’t who up to give the dog water of food. And I was able to prove it with my logs and my photos, and Animal Control finally took the dog away from him.”
The dog was adopted, and she got pictures of the now very contented dog. Dearing relates the story to the reader to explain why she became interested in studying law instead of veterinary medicine. She says, “I decided that I would grow up to be the kind of woman who could make laws and enact the kind of sweeping change that was needed.”
The first person narrative really helps the reader understand Dearing and what drives her character throughout the story. She’s compassionate and caring, while at the same time a bit ruthless (her own words) and determined. That ruthlessness becomes apparent in the first Jurassic World movie.
Readers will fall in love with the herbivores when reading Dearing’s description of them — they seem like enormous puppies. The carnivores, on the other hand, are truly frightening.
It’s really a perfect read for everyone — whether they’ve seen the movie or not. For those who have not seen the new “Jurassic World” movie, they will be really excited to see Dearing’s world on the huge screen. For those who have already seen the movie, they will be able to picture perfectly the scenes she describes.
For a book that was created for a movie, this is really well done. It would be a fine read even without the “Jurassic World” movie as another way to experience this dinosaur- and adventure-filled world.
Please note: This review is based on the final, hardcover book provided by Random House Books for Young Readers, the publisher, for review purposes.