- Series: The Southern Reach Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: FSG Originals; First Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374104093
- ISBN-13: 978-0374104092
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (875 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy) Paperback – February 4, 2014
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014: There is a comfort in familiarity, a foundation from which to definitively identify and label. But Jeff VanderMeer is not interested in putting his readers at ease. With Annihilation--the first volume of The Southern Reach Trilogy--he carefully creates a yearning for answers, then boldly denies them, reminding us that being too eager to know too much can be dangerous. The story follows an expedition of four women who are known only by their professions: the Psychologist, the Surveyor, the Anthropologist, and the Biologist--nameless pawns tasked with exploring, discovering, and (hopefully) delivering data about a portentous coastal territory called Area X. We are a bit like fifth members of that team (perhaps "the Reader"), learning at the same pace, guided by the observations of our narrator, the Biologist. Still the context remains blurry as VanderMeer twists each discovery into a deeper mystery. Through potent description and unrelenting tension, he achieves a level of emotional manipulation that should appeal to anyone who embraced the paranormal phenomena and maddening uncertainties of Lost. --Robin A. Rothman
*Starred Review* An expedition of four women is sent into an unknown region called Area X, beyond the borders of humanity: a psychologist, a surveyor, an anthropologist, and our narrator, a biologist. The purpose of the mission is to collect data about Area X and report back to the government, the Southern Reach, but circumstances begin to change when the group discovers a tower (or tunnel) that was previously unmarked on the map. Inside the structure, strange writing scrawls across the walls, and a spiral staircase descends downward, beckoning the members to follow. Previous expeditions ended badly, with group members disappearing or returning as shells of their former selves, but little is known about what actually occurred on those trips to Area X. A gripping fantasy thriller, Annihilation is thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells’ in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy. --Heather Paulson
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This is the first book of the trilogy and having read all 3 now, definitely the best. The following 2 could easily have been consolidated into about 100 pages and the entire trilogy should have been 1 book.
Don't expect final answers in Annihilation, but do expect some unusual and interesting, thought provoking situations.
This book had an eerie feeling to it, even in flashbacks to the "normal" world. The story is told from the view of "the biologist", one of four women sent in to investigate Area X. Area X appeared thirty years ago, and the government has been sending expeditions to investigate it ever since. This is the story of the 12th expedition.
Area X is painted very vividly, but I imagined it as somewhat off-color. Sometimes I thought everything was gray, but then I thought the colors were just "off". The story is centered around two primary places within Area X, which are almost the exact opposite of each other, at least in dimensions. I kept turning the pages quickly (clicking them) thinking the entire time, "What is going on here?" "Why is this happening?" I had to resist the temptation to skip to the end of the book because I really wanted to know.
The biologist isn't a particularly likable character. She's a loner. She floats from job-to-job. She finds the worlds of tidal pools and tadpoles and moss much more interesting than the world with people. Biology was an escape for her from the time she was a child. This may be why she is the one who discovers the most about Area X (but far from everything, which is why I kept turning the pages so quickly). Area X is an unknown, isolated area of the world. The biologist is also isolated and unknown (even from her husband). Maybe the biologist is the human equivalent of Area X.
I'm glad I didn't find this book until the entire trio was finished because now I can go on to the next two right away. I still need to know what is going on. So do all the people in the book.
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