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The Andromeda Evolution

(Andromeda #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,160 ratings  ·  371 reviews
The Evolution is Coming.

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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Harper
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Mike They make small references to what you need to know, so you can skip and read after.…moreThey make small references to what you need to know, so you can skip and read after. (less)
Daniel Wilson I definitely hope so! (You can tell by how I wrote the ending...) I'd love to keep exploring this world.

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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Soooo this is a thing??

I loved book 1 and I can't wait to read this one too!!
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
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 — ...more
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
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: 2019, edelweiss
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,
Sep 14, 2019 marked it as publisher-copies-to-read

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

book one was great so i am super excited to have this!

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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
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.
Adah Udechukwu
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't get the perfection I expected
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
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
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 ...more
When I learned the Crichton estate had commissioned the author of Robopocalypse to write a sequel to the grandaddy of pandemic apocalypse novels, The Andromeda Strain, I drooled all over my Kindle. Then I sprayed it with Clorox and wiped all the bacteria away. You have to wonder what kind of constraints this situation puts on the hired gun author, though. That's a huge pair of microbe-laden boots to fill.

Having just read The Andromeda Strain (see review),I can confirm Daniel H. Wilson nailed the
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I'm giving 3* when I really feel in my black little heart that this was a 2* for me. I think this would have made an excellent thrill ride at an amusement park. My problem with the book was that it seemed stuck on the crisis-averted loop -- to the point that I just wanted it to end. Eventually, you just stop jumping when the "all around the mulberry bush the monkey chased the weasel..." and the climax becomes anti-climactic, doesn't it? On the positive side: if you can tolerate another latent ...more
Donna Hines
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This reminds me of my buddy from 'the sky is falling' aka Chicken Little in which everyone runs for their lives in fear of something that's upon them & about to take over the world.
Look, I get the drama but it all felt staged to me and lacking in suspense, substance, and action with characters that felt dull to me.
I must disclose have not read the 1st book so it could be that I'm missing something but I get the gist with the stain and how it's terrorizing people.
However, the remote scientist
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 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.
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 and the characters lack depth but it's the summer so
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
I absolutely hate this new trend when they place authors name like this on the cover to draw attention to it. Michael Crichton is dead and was not involved in the writing of this book. If Daniel H. Wilson feels he has the ability to write a novel then he should do so, but robbing another man's name for a chance to make a buck is sickening.
Clive Cussler, Robert Ludlum are licensing their names to make money.
Dave Taylor
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The original "The Andromeda Strain" is now a classic of sci-fi thriller and I've always found the original 1971 film adaptation to be one of the best science fiction films of the era, so it was with trepidation that I opened the readers copy of the Andromeda Evolution. Fortunately, I'd already read a number of Daniel Wilson's books, notably Robopocalypse, and found them terrific.

The good news is that The Andromeda Evolution is a solid sequel. There's enough continuation of the storyline and
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
Unseen Library
Mar 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
In this week’s Waiting on Wednesday, I take a look at The Andromeda Evolution, the recently announced sequel to Michael Crichton’s game-changing novel, The Andromeda Strain.

Michael Crichton is one of the most iconic authors of the last 50 years, having written a series of varied and highly regarded novels, many of which were turned into movies. It goes without saying that you have heard of his most famous novel, Jurassic Park, which was adapted into the movie of the same name. Between his debut
Jim Dooley
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For fans of either the book or movie of THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN ... or both ... THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION is a reason to celebrate. Often referencing the original’s tone and style, the book “feels like” a bona fide sequel with elements from Arthur C. Clarke and the space opera, “Saturn 3,” thrown in for good measure. The result is a book that strikes a balance between scientific inspiration and a “rollercoaster” melodrama. I often experienced the thrill of the pulp fiction stories that I read as a ...more Mystery & Thriller
In 1969, Michael Crichton unleashed THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN on the world. It was a certified blockbuster of a novel that followed the Wildfire team as it sought to understand and contain a deadly alien virus known as the Andromeda Strain, with the ultimate hope of preventing it from eradicating life on Earth. Following the success of the Wildfire team, protocols are put into place to be vigilant and prepared for a possible recurrence.

Jump forward 50 years. Michael Crichton has left us, which is
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this book has been on my watch list for a while now - being that the original Andromeda Strain was one of my all time favourite books.

So here we have an "authorised" sequel (never quite sure what to make of these types of books, obviously the estate and the owners of the brand have to agree but I always wonder if this is truly what the author would have wanted and if so would it have followed their ideas).

Anyway I have seen a lot of hype over this book and was intrigued to see what it was
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Andromeda Strain had been on my wish list for quite some time, but when I saw that a sequel was in the works, I decided to skip the original and read THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION instead. And I think it was a big mistake, not because I felt like I had missed where it all started, but because THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION is not the sort of book I would willingly choose. I expected a novel about a virus, not a crash course in aerospace engineering.

THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION is well written, and quite in a
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining and dramatic follow up to The Andromeda Strain, written 50 years later by Daniel H Wilson in a style of which I think Michael Crichton would approve. A good mix of science, action, wonder and horror. Undemanding, which can be no bad thing. Review to follow on For Winter Nights.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Back in the day, I eagerly awaited the next Michael Crichton novel. I looked forward to the compelling plots, the mind-bending science, and the techno jargon that made it all seem immediate and at least remotely possible. And generally, I was willing to overlook the thin character development because I wanted to play along with Crichton's fast moving stories. With those fond remembrances as a backdrop, I decided to try The Andromeda Evolution, an homage to Michael (1943-2008), that's made ...more
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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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