Annihilation: A Novel

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Macmillan, Feb 4, 2014 - Fiction - 195 pages
21 Reviews

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
     The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
     They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.


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No explanations, unreliable facts and an abrupt ending. - Goodreads
The writing is first rate. - Goodreads
The plot is very surreal in many places. - Goodreads
Also, some explanations could be appreaciated. - Goodreads

Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Bryan Alexander - Goodreads

I liked this very much. Annihilation is a brooding, unsettling, surreal short novel. The plot concerns a group of explorers sent by a shadowy government to check out "Area X", a zone in an ... Read full review

Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Mogsy (MMOGC) - Goodreads

4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum This is the first time I've ever read anything by Jeff VanderMeer, and I'll admit at first I had my misgivings. I'd picked ... Read full review

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Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America's American Fantastic Tales and in multiple year's-best anthologies. He writes nonfiction for The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

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