The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Thoughts Before Reading:
I love Michael Crichton novels and have read almost every single one of his books. This was one of the few I hadn’t had a chance to and when I finally was ready to read it, I was so excited to add another one of his books to my collection.
The United States has been shooting things into the atmosphere and a group of scientists come together with a plan. What to do if something should come into Earth from outer space? How could they prepare for it?
The plan is made, people chosen, and a facility picked; and then all forgotten. Years pass and then in a little town in Arizona, something falls out of the sky wrecking havoc.
The people are called up and shipped out. When they examine the town only two survivors remain, a baby boy and a cancerous, alcoholic, chain smoker, eighty year old man.
What is this alien virus? Why didn’t these two contract it. Can the team stop it from spreading?
Thoughts After Reading:
I thought this was okay, but not the best Michael Crichton novel.
I didn’t really like the end in which they leave it so open. I like his later work better.
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