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    Far from thrilling

    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 similar style to Michael Crichton's. However, it has a painfully slow start. At nearly 20%, the authorities have been alerted that the microparticle - the anomaly - has been spotted and the team gathered. That's it, nothing has happened except an extraordinary amount of info dumping. The pages are filled with innumerable technical details on the equipment, the space programme in relation to the Andromeda strains - it was very creative, but it seemed endless. While it's a good thing to have the main characters' backstories, it just went on for too long; do I really need to know that a character was an orphan, especially when it has no bearing on the story whatsoever? I almost fell asleep on the book. Daniel H. Wilson obviously researched everything meticulously; I presume his facts are correct, but a lot of it went completely over my head. There was so much information, I was getting bored, and becoming antsy and eager for something, anything to happen. I'll admit that Mr. Wilson accomplished quite a remarkable feat: for all his excruciatingly detailed explanations, I couldn't visualise the International Space Station or the climber, or the "anomaly", for that matter. It's all very technical yet the torrents of words never paint a clear picture. In two or three places, what I suppose must have been very dramatic - if unlikely - action scenes, I couldn't for the life of me picture in my mind's eye what I was supposed to see. It's hard to get excited when you don't understand what you should be excited about. Not only that, but the way the storytelling is structured, the author also manages to spoil his own reveals. He also killed off my second favourite character, then my very favourite one. At least, Komarov - a very minor character - lived. As for the ending, I couldn't give it away if I wanted to because it was such a bunch of technical stuff, I'm not exactly sure what happened. I was past trying to see or understand what was being described and honestly, I wasn't even trying anymore; I was only relieved when the ordeal was finally over. Unless you possess a solid knowledge of engineering and/or the space programme, this is not a book I would recommend. I did learn some historical facts that had, for the most part, no bearing on the story arc. I did not find THE ANDROMEDA EVOLUTION informative, which it could have been had the author not assumed that every reader is familiar with the technology and that describing technology and things is equal to a plot. Now, I will read The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, even if it is fifty years old. Mr. Crichton made sure his readers understood what he was talking about; I always learned something valuable from his books and had fun doing so.
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    Interesting and exhilarating

    I thoroughly enjoyed the sequel. Whilst I did love the first and reread it when I knew the sequel was out, I found this one to be less about a slow intense biological threat and more a race against time whilst keeping a scientific thriller theme. I would recommend for anyone who enjoyed the first, or who likes more technical books. I don't find that you miss much if you do not read the previous novel.
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    Must read

    Wow i couldnt put it down. Great follow up to the andromeda strain
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    Good Effort for a Follow Up

    The book was a good follow up to the original Andromeda Strain with enough background clues to stand alone. The author emulated MC’s style with a good balance of science and adventure. Enjoyable read for MC fans.
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    Absolutely fabulous!

    Such a fast paced novel with twists and turns. A great sequel.
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