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Jurassic World to Get Expanded Universe with Upcoming Prequel Novel!

It’s finally happening. The Jurassic Park universe is canonically expanding beyond the films. One of the most requested things from fans has continuously been an expansion of the fiction, whether it be via an animated series, comics, novels, or more. It now seems Universal has listened, and the first expansion will be coming May 2018 in the form of a Young Adult novel by Random House Books.

The novel, seemingly awaiting a more formal title, is currently titled ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Hardcover Young Adult Novel’. While the title isn’t much to go off of, Random House has also provided an exciting synopsis on what readers can expect:

Discover the beginnings of one of Jurassic World‘s most beloved characters–Claire Dearing–in this original action-packed young adult novel.

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.

May 08, 2018 | 304 Pages | Young Adult

The Young Adult fiction genre is typically considered to be written for ages 12-20’s, though the exact age range isn’t particularly defined, nor does it dictate who can enjoy the writings. This isn’t the first time the franchise had side stories via books, as the Jurassic Park Adventures series based on Eric Kirby’s adventures existed, but those targeted younger ages and were widely considered non-canon by fans.

The timeframe for this prequel novel is interesting, as it seems to begin before Jurassic World was event built, and will likely dive deep into the backstory of how Masrani Global handled InGen assets, and became the corporation we saw in the 2015 film. While it follows Claire’s perspective, the novel will quite possibly cross paths with individuals like Dr. Henry Wu, Vic Hoskisn, and other players, like the already confirmed Simon Masrani.

Will we see the cleanup of Nublar, the construction of Jurassic World, and inception of of ideas like the Indominus Rex in this novel? Time will tell – and hopefully it may even clarify longstanding question like the fate of Isla Nublar, why Hammond endorsed Jurassic World after his character motivation shift in The Lost World, and perhaps dig deep into pieces of the fiction the films have never touched upon.

But most off all, the novel will take us through the character evolution, motivation, and growth of Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard in the films), who Colin Trevorrow has previously stated is main character of the Jurassic World trilogy. It’s especially great to see a leading women take the spotlight and kick off the official Jurassic expanded universe, where as the easy and expected route would be putting someone like Owen Grady in the spotlight.

We’re excited, and hope this is only the first book of an exciting Jurassic World EU – the opportunities are endless, and we can’t wait to read the novel! If this is only the tip of the spear, perhaps in time a Dr. Henry Wu book series will come as well, detailing the timeline between Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, explaining how and why he comes off so cold in World, and dive deep into science of InGen not seen since Michael Crichton created the franchise.

Finally, dinosaur enthusiasts also have a publication to look forward to, which also seems to dive into the expanded fiction of Jurassic World – the ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Dinosaur Survival Guide’:

Relive the excitement of the blockbuster film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom–which opens to US audiences on June 22, 2018–with this must-have survival guide!

Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom releases in theaters on June 22, 2018, bringing with it all the wonder, adventure, and thrills of one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history. This all-new motion picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs, including Blue, the Velociraptor; Tyrannosaurus rex; and Mosasaurus–along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before!

This indispensable full-color survival guide features all the facts about the Jurassic World dinosaurs that you need to know to survive on the island–as well as the top-secret history of how it all began.

May 08, 2018 | 80 Pages | 6-9 years

Top secret history of how it all began? Say no more. Perhaps this visual guide will finally give a defined canonical explanation of the dinosaur variations seen throughout the franchise!

Let us know if you will be picking up the Claire prequel novel, and what stories you hope the expanded universe digs into! And as always, stay tuned for the latest news.

Source: Random House Books


21 thoughts on “Jurassic World to Get Expanded Universe with Upcoming Prequel Novel!

  1. Of all the potential stories that could be told, they focus on Claire’s internship!? Really!? That’s like the most boring thing that would come to my mind. Also Claire, in the beginning of JW, is kinda detached and artificial, somebody who’s hiding her personality behind large profit numbers and perfect dress and make-up, somebody who is afraid to commit to relationships – and I don’t see how exploring her past would remedy this perception.

    1. Like it or not, Claire’s journey is important to the JP universe now. It will explain why she started seeing them as assets rather than animals in the first place and the history behind the construction of Jurassic World (which lots of people have wanted)

    2. Also did you even read the full description? It straight up says she starts out in awe of the dinosaurs buthe something bad happens to make her cold towards them. She probably almost dies or she sees someone get eaten.

  2. I’m preordering this book as soon as I can. I would also love to have a JPEU similair to the Star Wars EU. With books and several comic books series covering almost every single character there is.
    These comics would also be a very good way to give us closure on Alan and Ellie by telling us the story of what they are doing now and why they don’t appear in the new films.
    The amount of stories they could tell is almost limitless with the big gaps between movies.

  3. I do not want to get my hopes up , the cleanup of Nublar, the secret history of how all began, I really want the gaps to be filled, and the plot holes solved, but let’s be honest, is universal…

  4. I really hope they show how they managed to capture my girl Rexy and how the raptor squad came into the park. And also a backstory of Rexy when she was young or the raptor squad. Hopefully we’ll have some interesting information soon.

  5. Anything related to the return to Nublar, pre-JW, would probably work better as a graphic novel/comic series. That way we actually get to see what happened to the Park between JP and JW.

  6. Yeah… Canon… Like the Halo novels. I’ll take this book’s story with a grain of salt thanks. Remember when Telltale claimed their game was canon? All they did was pretend that key dialogue from the original film contained lies.

    1. Wu survived JP by leaving on the last boat with everyone else. A couple years later, he returned with a clean-up crew to do number counts and learn just how the animals ended up breeding. Rexy was found then.

  7. Michael Crichton isn’t with us anymore, so please let the novels rest.
    And let Spielberg focus on Crichtons legacy of putting his words into film.
    But hey, that’s just my opinion, so don’t attack me on it.

  8. I’m excited. I’d buy the books even tho I don’t read lol
    If they aren’t going to make a prequel movie about what happened between Jurassic Park to Jurassic work then this is 2nd best option

  9. I’m very excited about both these expanded universe novels, but I just hope that the ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Dinosaur Survival Guide’ isn’t like the Jurassic World field guide. if any of you remember it. The field guide was basically just a generic dinosaur fact book. It didn’t even have the dinosaurs (or their in-movie models) from JW in the JW feild guide! Hopping the ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Dinosaur Survival Guide’ is better.

  10. I’m hoping there’s a novel delving into more islands in the 5 deaths island chain. Considering how close these islands were to Sorna and the fact that dinosaurs have a tendency to get to places they shouldn’t be, it could make for an interesting read. Honestly I think they could use them as a good excuse to introduce new and obscure dinosaurs with the excuse that they couldn’t make it on Sorna and sought refuge on the other islands. Not to mention the InGen and possibly BioSyn secrets that could be hidding within them.

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