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Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization, and the government is involved in sending secret missions to explore Area X. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died 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 months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. Annihilation opens with the twelfth expedition. The group is composed of four women, including our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all of their observations, scientific and otherwise; and, above all, to avoid succumbing to the unpredictable effects of Area X itself. What they discover shocks them: first, a massive topographic anomaly that does not appear on any map; and second, life forms beyond anything they're equipped to understand. But it's the surprises that came across the border with them that change everything--the secrets of the expedition members themselves, including our narrator. What do they really know about Area X--and each other?
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, c2014.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9781443428392
Characteristics: 195 p. ; 20 cm.


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Frustratingly ambiguous, yet addictive. It made me uncomfortable in all the right ways.

Cynthia_N Sep 20, 2017

I picked this up because I read it is going to be made into a movie. Very weird book (is it a tower or a tunnel?) and I can't wait to see what the movie is like! Current release date is February 2018.

Aug 24, 2017

This first book was freaky. And also makes me afraid of spores. SPORES. Not sure I am ready for book 2 yet...

Aug 19, 2017

This is amazing, I read it in one day. Perfect sci-fi and horror. A lone person exploring strangeness.

Jun 19, 2017

This book got me from page 1, a great mix of mystery, sci-fi and horror.
The story is told in pieces, giving you a detail here and there, keeping you engaged, wanting to know more. Last weekend I told my family "sorry, no TV time for me, I need to keep reading Annihilation".
The author balances hinting you about things and events, giving you just enough to keep you interested without giving you enough to guess or to go into conclusions. You may think you figured it out, "this is happening", nope, you don't, keep reading!
The author uses a great vocabulary to describe situations, people, events. It adds to the sense that he is not describing a normal place or common events.

Miranda_Ericsson May 28, 2017

If you've ever thought, even for a fleeting moment, that humans have only temporarily carved out a place on ancient Earth, or that in some ways it might be better if our power declined, this book might appeal to you. If you hate books that raise a lot of questions without answering them, this book might frustrate you. Lush imagery and lingering mystery are a couple of the reasons​ that this book is one of my favorite recent reads.

May 24, 2017

Dull, boring and ultimately a major let-down. I was so turned off to the writing that I doubt I will ever go out of my way to read anything by the author again unless my bookclub is feeling particularly sadistic.

AL_KATI Mar 14, 2017

Compelling sci-fi that brought to mind "The Island of Doctor Moreau." Plus it'll be a movie starring Natalie Portman coming out in 2017!

Mar 13, 2017

Spooky good, is the first phrase that comes to mind. Definitely in the thread of Lovecraft, at the edge of mania - one other reviewer suggests Kubrick as another analogue, and it must be "Apocalypse Now" (echoes of Lord of the Flies also come to mind). VanderMeer offers up a platter of building fear that has you looking over your shoulder from the opening, and keeps crawling around the fringes of your peripheral vision... There is too much out of view, out of believability, out of sane reflection, out of control.

Mar 07, 2017

A great beginning to a trilogy. A story that starts off dropping you in a mystery with many layers, leaving more questions than answers, which makes it hard to put down once started. Area X is full of mystery, questions, dangers and the unknown. The author's story telling will hook you and make you want more.

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