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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Andromeda Strain

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐1/2

"The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.

Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to collect organisms and dust for study. One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona.

Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks."


The Andromeda Strain is the first installment in the sci-fi series Andromeda by Michael Crichton.

The second book in the series was recommended by my mother, and I thought to myself, well I am not going to go straight into the second book without reading the first. I have serious regrets because this was profoundly boring.

It was difficult to get into due to the large amount of scientific jargon and background information being shoved in your face constantly throughout the book. I also found that, because the book is plot driven, the character's suffer. They didn't feel like actual characters, they just felt like a means to make the plot move along.

My plan to read this book before reading the second failed because now I don't want to read the sequel...

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