The Andromeda Strain

Andromeda #1

Michael Crichton

fiction Science Fiction Thriller
challenging tense medium-paced

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The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to collect organisms and dust for study. One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona. Twelve miles from the landing site, in the town of Piedmont, a shocking discovery is made: the streets are littered with the dead bodies of the town's inhabitants, as if they dropped dead in their tracks.

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mysterious 83%
tense 83%
adventurous 55%
challenging 44%
informative 44%
dark 38%
reflective 16%
emotional 5%
hopeful 5%
inspiring 5%


medium 42%
fast 36%
slow 21%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

No: 56% | It's complicated: 25% | N/A: 12% | Yes: 6%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 75% | Yes: 18% | It's complicated: 6%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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