Ah, the ultimate plane book. 450 pages and I read it in about three hours. That is not meant to insult Crichton (who wrote about 1/3 of Micro before his death) or Preston (who finished it off) in any way. This was a fun, fast thriller and just made me miss Crichton even more than I already did.
The basic premise: seven grad students with varying specialities (beetles, medicine made from plants, bioweapons made from bugs, etc) go to Hawaii for a job interview with a nanotechnology company. One the students’ brother was VP of the company, but died under mysterious circumstances the night before their trip. Said student investigates, confronts the evil CEO (he was big bad fun) and yeah, the students all get shrunk to 1/2 an inch tall and dumped in the jungles of Hawaii.
The book was fun though! Lots of dangerous, cool information on insects and random flashbacks to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. I found myself very entertained, and will probably forget I ever read it in about a year. Still, good times, and a solid recommendation for a vacation read.