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The Andromeda Evolution

(The Andromeda Strain #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  9,231 ratings  ·  1,177 reviews
In 1967, an extraterrestrial microbe came crashing down to Earth and nearly ended the human race. Accidental exposure to the particle—designated The Andromeda Strain—killed every resident of the town of Piedmont, Arizona, save for an elderly man and an infant boy. Over the next five days, a team of top scientists assigned to Project Wildfire worked valiantly to save the wo ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Harper (first published 2019)
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Daniel Wilson I definitely hope so! (You can tell by how I wrote the ending...) I'd love to keep exploring this world.…moreI definitely hope so! (You can tell by how I wrote the ending...) I'd love to keep exploring this world.(less)
Mike They make small references to what you need to know, so you can skip and read after.

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2 Stars

I read some other reviews before writing this. It appears that 9 times out of 10 people liked it okay. Unfortunately, I cannot join them.

I thought this was a far fetched, outlandish, unbelievably boring mess. The whole plot is held together by the thinnest of spiderwebs. Most of the time when something happened, I said to myself,"seriously . . . SERIOUSLY!? Ugh *sigh*". Also, it felt like plot points were being randomly generated to move the questionable story along. The only thing I was
THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION by Daniel H. Wilson is a science fiction / techno-thriller novel and a sequel to Michael Crichton’s THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN. It can be read as a standalone novel, but it would be beneficial to read Crichton’s novel first.

Wilson continues Crichton’s story after approximately 50 years of waiting. Research has continued on the strain and the world thought it was now safe. The watchdog group, Project Eternal Vigilance is on the verge on being shut down when a large formation ap
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Soooo this is a thing??

I loved book 1 and I can't wait to read this one too!!
Ron Charles
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: apocalyptic
“The Andromeda Evolution” genuflects appropriately to "The Andromeda Strain," the 1969 novel that instantly infected pop culture. With little genetic decay, Daniel Wilson replicates Michael Crichton’s tone and tics, particularly his wide-stance mansplaining. Each chapter begins with a quotation by Crichton selected, apparently, for its L. Ron Hubbard-like profundity, e.g. “There is a category of event that, once it occurs, cannot be satisfactorily resolved.” And the pages — sanitized of wit — ar ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to HarperCollins for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

Holy moly, this book surprised me. I did not expect to be so fascinated and thrilled.

So, what's this book about?
Years after the events of The Andromeda Strain, deep inside Fairchild Air Force Base, Project Eternal Vigilance has continued to watch and wait for the Andromeda Strain to reappear. On the verge of being shut down, the project has registered no activity—until now. A Brazilian terrai

3.5 stars

'The Andromeda Evolution' is the sequel to The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton.

In The Andromeda Strain, set in 1967, the United States deploys a series of high-altitude unmanned craft to search for weaponizable microparticles in the upper atmosphere. One of the craft crashes to Earth in Piedmont, Arizona, and local residents open the capsule to have a look. The civilians inadvertently release a self-replicating, hexagonal microparticle, eventually named Andromeda Strain-1 (AS-1), t
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: no-romance
Overall Rating : C

“It is a well established Achilles’ heel of human civilization that individuals are more motivated by immediate private reward than by long-term, collective future benefits.”

Does anybody else see a book with an interesting plot, with a captivating summery, and then you take a look at the authors name and it completely ruins any thought of enjoying said book?

That's me with Michael Crichton.

******My face through the entire book******

I've read a few of his books (Jurassic Park s
Jim C
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is the sequel to The Andromeda Strain that was written fifty years ago. The rights were sold by Crichton's family as this is written by a different author. In this one, the world is still on the lookout for the Andromeda strain when it suddenly pops up again. Chaos ensues.

I am not a huge fan of a different author taking over a universe and this just proves my point. Maybe it is me and I am use to the original author's distinctive voice and I just don't like the change. I would liken this bo
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well written follow up to the Andromeda Strain. Easy to follow Sci-Fi with interesting characters. 8 of 10 stars
Carolyn Walsh
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars I had read The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton when it was first published 50 years ago I recall liking the book a lot and read most of his subsequent techno-thrillers. We learn that in the decades since, the Andromeda Strain has evolved, mutated, and is replicating. I am glad to see that the author, Daniel Wilson, has managed to replicate the style of his predecessor to a satisfying extent.

It took some while for me to become engaged in this story. A structure deep in the Amazon
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, 2019
50 years ago the Andromeda Strain almost destroyed all life on Earth. Now a new incursion has begun in the depths of the Amazon. A mysterious spire continues to grow killing everything as it expands outwards. A team of scientists is sent in to investigate in a last ditch effort to keep the Andromeda Strain from enveloping the Earth.

Wilson completely incorporated Crichton's voice and legacy. He was a great choice to helm a sequel to one of Crichton's first thrillers. I was completely enthralled,
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF at page 50 or so.

I'm very sorry but this book is practically unreadable. It is one long very technical explanation full of acronyms. We do meet some characters but the story is very complicated. There is too much information without actually any action. It is more a script for a documentary than it is a novel. Pity, because I enjoyed The Andromeda Strain a lot.

Thanks to Edelweiss for this digital review copy.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

To start, I read The Andromeda Strain a long time ago. Admittedly, it wasn’t one of my favorites by Michael Crichton, and I can’t say I remembered much from it at all. Personally, I wouldn’t have pegged it for being sequel-worthy, but here we are, fifty years after the book was published, commemorating it with The Andromeda Evolution…and well, I’m sold! Written in its entirety by the talented Daniel H. Wilson, who is certa
Aug 19, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately, the experiment has been unsuccessful .... This sequel of Andromeda has nothing to do with the first book, that of 1969. If the first was true science fiction, but very science-oriented and not too much fantastic, in this book the balance is clearly unbalanced towards the fantastic (improbable) rather than towards the science of the possible future. In the first there was an alien microbiological strain, brought back to Earth by a satellite and which develops according to a biology ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, from-library
In these pages you will find the meticulous reconstruction of a five-day scientific crisis that culminated in the near extinction of our species.

It is important to recognize up front that the advanced technology that is the hallmark of our modern world was not itself the cause of this crisis—though it exacerbated it. The response to the Andromeda Evolution was unprecedented in its coordination and scientific sophistication. Yet it was this same scientific mastery that enabled tragic errors resul
Dannii Elle
This is the second instalment in the Andromeda series. It was continued fifty years after Crichton's original novel and penned by Daniel H. Wilson.

An extra-terrestrial microbe almost ended the human race once before and now, decades later, the threat has returned. Project Wildfire is the codename for a team of disparate individuals who are tasked with ending it and saving our species.

Some of the aspects I greatly appreciated about this novel were how the expedition was broken down into daily sec
Bam cooks the books ;-)
Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain is a hard act to follow and I think Daniel Wilson has done a credible job in this exciting sequel. He weaves in his expertise in science and robotics and ups the terror level with the wild, intensely-frightening Amazon jungle setting. There are the edge-of-your-seat action and ticking-clock-to-imminent-death scenes one comes to expect in these kinds of thrillers: boy, would this make a terrific adventure movie with scenes that travel from the jungle to out ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
R E V I E W The Andromeda Evolution by Daniel H. Wilson and Michael Crichton 4.5/5

Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for the digital ARC of this book. Much appreciated and enjoyed!

I will preface my review with this...I read The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton in 1972...I was nine. A schoolmate (thanks Mac Q) loaned me his paperback copy. I devoured it. It was new territory for first grown up fiction...thriller. Set me up for a lifetime of thrilling, mind blowing
Adah Udechukwu
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't get the perfection I expected ...more
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this (a novel wholly by Daniel H Wilson and I rather loathe this idea of presenting it as a Michael Crichton ~novel~ seeing as he's been dead for like a decade) reminded me of being 12 years old and reading books like THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN for the first time. I was riveted, joyfully so. Wilson builds upon Crichton's original idea and puts together a plausible, equally terrifying reality around the Andromeda Strain's... abilities and purpose, let's say. The novel then combines som ...more
Jun 30, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy, 2022
. . . we understand what’s happening now . . .
That’s the important thing.
That we understand.

Review to follow.
C.J. Bunce
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Sept. 4, 2019.

It's as good as it gets for Michael Crichton fans. Not only is The Andromeda Evolution a new thriller being released more than a decade after the author's passing, it's a sequel to a Crichton classic novel--his original science fiction cautionary tale The Andromeda Strain. Created by writer Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse) in collaboration with Crichton's estate (CrichtonSun LLC), The Andromeda Evolution is nicely timed to arrive 50 years after The
Karen’s Library
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having loved Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain, I was fairly excited to read this sequel. I wasn’t sure about another author writing it, but I’ve read Daniel H Wilson before and recently met him. In my mind, if anyone could carry on with this series, I thought he’d do well. And I was right!

But... those first few chapters were completely bogged down in science. I love the science, but to be honest, my brain was overwhelmed. Once we got into the meet and greet of the characters, I settled i
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, I'm not even sure what the rating is supposed to be. On one hand, it is a really fast paced, quite scientific, but at the same time engaging and very pleasant to read book. On the other hand, it is nauseatingly leftist and the ending is definitely not of the strongest ones I've read.

Probably I'll stick with 4*, though it probably is a bit too much, to be fair. So I'm really glad that I never promised to be fair.

Speaking of the book itself, I'll be brief - it is a perfect read a this, cov
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
"And yes, ladies and gentlemen, it does appear to be transmitting radio signals. But not to us"
Uh oh! Earth we have a problem.

Soon to be a summer block buster movie 2021. This was less Michael Crichton and more Michael Bay.
An anomaly is growing in the heart of the Amazon, the forest not the company, and a group of scientist are sent to find the answer, what is it?
Written by Daniel H. Wilson of Robopocalypse fame this was a well told fast paced movie script. Some suspension of disbelief required
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, some parts a bit too technical and far-fetched, but overall, I'm glad I read it. ...more
Surprisingly well-plotted sequel to Crichton's original; some pretty neat ideas here and a few nice surprises.

That said, the last few chapters got a little too "Moonraker" (movie not book), with a way-too action movie conclusion. Plus - and MINOR SPOILERS here- many (if not most) of the characters here are pretty lazy (if not offensive) stereotypes: the handsome white boy hero; the physically-handicapped (and therefore psychologically-damaged) villain; the disposable ethnic team members (suspic
I'm not disappointed with this read. I didn't think it would better than the first, but just wanted to know where it would take us from book one.

What I didn't like was they way new author tried to emulate Crichton's writing style. I'm guessing it's required, but just did not work. Storytelling was dry. At about 50%, I was excited that the Wildfire crew finally found something! Something was ALIEN?! Suddenly, the author went on to describe the word intuition for about 10 pages (it was
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was disappointing.

I grew up on Michael Crichton technothrillers. For a kid who was just growing out of what would now be called Young Adult books, the combination of thrilling plot with (relatively) grounded science was like catnip, and it left me feeling like I was actually learning something while I read. The man may have eventually gone off the rails, but as a kid, Jurassic Park, Congo, and Sphere were my holy trinity, and The Andromeda Strain was a close runner-up. Imagine my excitement
This reminded me of the Hypotheticals from the Spin trilogy:

“The Messenger Theory was proposed as the best, and possibly only, way to communicate with intelligent life across galaxies. Send a self-replicating craft to a neighboring planetary system, have it find raw materials to build copies of itself, and then launch those copies to other systems. The fleet would spread exponentially, covering every planet in the galaxy in only a few thousands of years . . .”

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A Cherokee citizen, Daniel H. Wilson grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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