The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (review by Andrew T. ’17)

The Andromeda StrainThe Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain follows the story of four scientists, Dr. Stone, Dr. Leavitt, Dr. Burton, and Dr. Hall, in their efforts to combat a deadly virus brought down from space by a military satellite. The virus, labeled the Andromeda strain, threatens to become a pandemic with catastrophic effects. While The Andromeda Strain has some riveting scenes, for a thriller novel, it lets the reader down. With every step, the scientists make some mistake which is simply feels frustrating rather than satisfying. The ending is a disappointment – both unrewarding and hard to believe. All in all, The Andromeda Strain does not live up to the standard of Crichton’s other works and isn’t worth the read. – Andrew T. ‘17

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