The Andromeda Strain Book Summary and Study Guide

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A satalite crashes into a small desert town carrying high atmospheric samples. A tech team of experts is called in to hurriedly investigate the effects of these samples on humans. The satalite and team are relocated to a biological safe-zone where experiments are continued to identify and neutralize any threat.
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The review of this Book prepared by Trudy Scales

A group of scientists are charged with the task of finding out why and how fifty people died in a small town in Arizona. There are two survivers: a young born child and a seventy year old man. For some of the victims, the bacteria made them insane, and they killed themselves. For the rest of the victims, the new alien bacteria clotted their blood within three seconds of entering their lungs. The process is long and tedious but eventually, the scientists find the missing link between the two survivers and figure out why they survived. However in the end, this finding was to no avail because the bacteria mutated to a harmless rubber-eating single-celled organism.
The review of this Book prepared by Greg Mahler

A team of medical scientists races against time and all other odds to find a way to fight an alien pathogen nicknamed "The Andromeda Strain," a pathogen that has already obliterated a small Arizona town and has the potential to destroy the entire human population. Hidden in a top secret underground government facility, the book follows the scientists as they use all of their knowledge and expertise to stop the "Strain."
The review of this Book prepared by Marcus Wyche

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   cure/disease/bioweapon Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Inventing-of-item story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   40's-50's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a lot of techical jargon How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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