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The Meg

The Meg
Steve Alten
Tsunami Books, 2005
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Revised and Expanded. On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean's deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he's sure he saw but still can't prove exists - Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he's never imagined. MEG is about to surface. When she does, nothing and no one is going to be safe, and Jonas must face his greatest fear once again.

I strongly disliked The Meg. I actually returned it to the bookstore, I was so unimpressed. The biggest thing that bothered me was that when Alten introduced a female character, he included her breast size in the introduction. That was all it took for me. I was out.

However, I absolutely loved the movie. It was fantastic. It had action, sharks, gratuitous crashes, and romance. Also, in order to be a scientist, there are requirements in terms of appearance. If you are a male scientist, you are supposed to be schlubby (unless you're the hero.) If you are a female scientist, you have to be thin, beautiful, and model-like. In spite of that, it was a great movie and I had a lot of fun watching it.