Jurassic Park, as a franchise, had been made only more and more visceral as the movies go on. Before all of that, however, Crichton's original novel served as a warning for what could happen if humans were arrogant with our sciences; what could happen if we foolishly think we could tame nature. The book is no less visceral than the movies (and I would argue it is MORE bloody in some places). The mysteries and the plots all add up nicely even (and I would argue especially) if you had seen the movie first. This will be because you know who the main characters are supposed to be, as Crichton have a habit of creating arcs with characters that are quickly abandoned. Ian Malcolm, the mathematician, is perhaps the dark horse of the novel as he delivers speech after speech why Jurassic Park is doomed to fail. It may come off as preachy in some aspects, but it will provide food for thought for days, and the humility that you may derive from it may make us approach science more cautiously and respectfully. Speaking of science, Crichton did his best to deliver the most scientific explanation for Jurassic park as possible, and was a joy to read. If all that fails, at the very least you will read an exciting story about dinosaurs eviscerating people or a raptor being blown up by a rocket-propelled grenade!
Scribe of Verena