- Series: The Southern Reach Trilogy
- Hardcover: 608 pages
- Publisher: FSG Originals; First Edition (stated) edition (November 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374261172
- ISBN-13: 978-0374261177
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 165 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance Hardcover – November 18, 2014
|New from||Used from|
See the Best Books of 2018
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“I'm loving The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. Creepy and fascinating.” ―Stephen King
“VanderMeer's dreamy narrative, shot through with echoes of Lovecraft, Orwell, and Kafka, is compulsively readable.” ―Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly
“Chilling.” ―Julie Bosman, New York Times
“VanderMeer masterfully conjures up an atmosphere of both metaphysical dread and visceral tension . . . Annihilation is a novel in which facts are undermined and doubt instilled at almost every turn. It's about science as a way of not only thinking but feeling, rather than science as a means of becoming certain about the world. . . . Ingenious.” ―Laura Miller, Salon
“A clear triumph for Vandermeer . . . a compelling, elegant, and existential story . . . The solitary voice of its post-humanist narrator is both deeply flawed and deeply trustworthy―a difficult and excellent balance in a novel whose world is built seamlessly and whose symbols are rich and dark.” ―Lydia Millet, LA Times
“A book about an intelligent, deadly fungus makes for an enthralling read―trust us.” ―Tara Wanda Merrigan, GQ
“[An] altogether fantastic book . . . Annihilation is a book meant for gulping--for going in head-first and not coming up for air until you hit the back cover.” ―Jason Sheehan, NPR Books
“Successfully creepy, an old-style gothic horror novel set in a not-too-distant future. The best bits turn your mind inside out.” ―Sara Sklaroff, The Washington Post
“If J.J. Abrams-style by-the-numbers stories of shadowy organizations and science magic have let you down one too many times, then Annihilation will be more like a revelation. VanderMeer peels back the skin of the everyday, and gives you a glimpse of a world where science really is stretching the bounds of our knowledge―sometimes to the point where we can't ever be the same . . . [Annihilation] will make you believe in the power of science mysteries again.” ―Annalee Nevitz, io9
“Fans of the Lost TV series . . . this one is for you.” ―Molly Driscoll, Christian Science Monitor
“What frightens you? According to many psychologists, our most widely shared phobia is the fear of falling. Jeff VanderMeer's novel Annihilation taps into that bottomless terror . . . VanderMeer ups the book's eeriness quotient with the smoothest of skill, the subtlest of grace. His prose makes the horrific beautiful.” ―Nisi Shawl, Seattle Times
“Much of the flora and fauna seem familiar, but that's what's so fascinating about the carnage that VanderMeer sets loose. He has created a science fiction story about a world much like our own.” ―John Domini, Miami Herald
“Annihilation feels akin to isolated sci-fi terrors of Alien . . . teases and terrifies and fascinates.” ―Kevin Nguyen, Grantland
“The plot moves quickly and has all the fantastic elements you'd ever want--biological contaminants, peculiar creatures, mysterious deaths--but it's the novel's unbearable dread that lingers with me days after I've finished it.” ―Justin Alvarez, The Paris Review
“Jeff VanderMeer ventures on to strange ground in this enigmatic story.” ―Alex Good, The Toronto Star
“[VanderMeer's] writing is courageously imaginative, fiercely unformulaic, and utterly immersive. You don't read Jeff VanderMeer, you experience him.” ―Paul Goat Allen, The Barnes & Noble Book Blog
“The first book in what may be a modern classic of post-apocalyptic sci-fi . . . Annihilation's story struck me hard and pulled me in fast. I haven't had a reading experience this creepy, intense, and edge-of-your-seat since H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.” ―Paul Schwartz, UR Chicago
“Annihilation is smart, tense and utterly engrossing.” ―Mike Reynolds, Bookgasm
“Master of the literary headtrip Jeff VanderMeeer's Annihilation is simply unlike anything you've read before. It gnaws away at your nerves with a slow-building sense of dread and impending madness.” ―Marc Savlov, Kirkus
“VanderMeer both defies and challenges genre boundaries, forcing readers to forget about traditional tropes and clichés and simply enjoy the storytelling.” ―John DeNardo, Kirkus "Best Bets for Speculative Fiction Books, February 2014
“A gripping fantasy thriller, Annihilation is thoroughly suspenseful.” ―Heather Paulson, Booklist
“After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it's every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction. . . . Speculative fiction at its most transfixing.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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, ALA Booklist (Starred Review)
“Brilliant . . . ever-more-terrifying, yet ever-more-transcendent . . . Using evocative descriptions of the biologist's outer and inner worlds, masterful psychological insight, and intellectual observations both profound and disturbing―calling Lovecraft to mind and Borges―VanderMeer unfolds a tale as satisfying as it is richly imagined.” ―Publishers Weekly
“In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books.” ―Peter Straub, author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl
“One of those books where it all comes together―the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. Annihilation is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth.” ―Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe
“A dazzling book . . . haunted and haunting.” ―Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners
“A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it.” ―Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls
“The great thing about Annihilation is the strange, elusive, and paranoid world that it creates. . . I can't wait for the next one.” ―Brian Evenson, author of Last Days
“It's been a long time since a book filled me with this kind of palpable, wondrous disquiet, a feeling that started on the first page and that I'm not sure I've yet shaken.” ―Matt Bell, author of In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods
“This swift surreal suspense novel reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world. The reader will want to stay trapped with the Biologist to find the answers to Area X's mysteries.” ―Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy
“Unsettling and un-put-downable like an old-fashioned adventure story, only weirder, beautifully written and not at all old-fashioned.” ―Karen Joy Fowler, BookPage
“The prose is phenomenal . . . it toyed with my imagination in ways that haven't happened since A Wrinkle in Time.” ―Madison Vain, Entertainment Weekly
“Its deepest terror lies in its exploration of . . . the human heart, and the terror that can grow from the ways in which we are untrue to each other, and to ourselves.” ―Jared Bland, The Globe and Mail
About the Author
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.
Showing 1-2 of 165 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The first book was good , could have gone in a number of exciting ways , could have explored multiverse physics , quantum mechanics ( whatever that is) or even religion , just to name three potential plot directions. I nstead the story ust flopped about more or less in place , introducing ponderous prose but making no attempt to develop it in any direction and Controller the controller....get it? his name is Controller and he works as a 'controller' for the government branch thats studying the phenomenon hoo hoo ...cleva right? (sigh) anywho < Controller conducts the debriefing of the Psychologist but he doesnt actually draw ANY information out of her! after several sessions even ! And other characters make obscure observations but none of them are explored or developed. THIS ! is such an AWESOME concept for a story but the plot only offers suggestions and buildups without delivering .
Its a dry well and an inexcusable let-down
VanderMeer is incompetent and should be ashamed of his failure !
When my imagination was reeling from this audiobook I mentally started running down this path:
This story takes place on Earth but not OUR Earth , a neighboring Earth in a neighboring dimension and what was was being experienced in their 'Southern Reach' was initialized by activities of OUR Haldron Collider. The foil hat wearing brigade on OUR Earth was right and the HC was punching a hole in reality. The story is presented from the perspective of these alternate dimension humans who are trying to comprehend our reality as it bleeds and blends with theirs.... or something equally opaque yet mind bending in its delivery and as ive said , this novel doesnt deliver on anything .
I at first thought VanderMeer was going to weave a stunningly sublime tale.... but he didnt , this story sucks.
I got it as an audiobook here on Amazon and though I wont return it (Ill get around to finishing it someday as im holding out a faint hope that it will explode before its finished) I regret having ever bought it.
I gave this 2 stars but one of them is solely for what Area X COULD have been.
“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; 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. This is the twelfth expedition.” (source)
Something I loved about this series was the feeling of being lost with the characters, slowly discovering more information with them. It was an immersive reading experience. And, as you can tell from the blurb, the author knows how to write a good hook! I tore through this series, helped along by short chapters. I always desperately wanted to know what would happen next. A big part of this was because of the atmosphere created by the author’s writing style.
The writing is what made this book. It was amazing – beautiful, bizarre, clever, unique. Much of the cleverness came from double-meanings of words. Every word felt carefully chosen. Every short chapter felt packed with meaning. The more I thought about the writing, the more I got out it. I also think the author did a good job of explaining just enough, leaving the reader the enjoyable task of putting the pieces of the puzzle together themselves. I think re-reading this series and seeing clues you originally missed would be a lot of fun.
The world the author created felt like it might by truly incomprehensible to the human mind. The imagery was vivid and bizarre. I was impressed someone could even conceive of it. However, all this strangeness and wonder made me want an equally awe-inspiring explanation. I don’t think it quite delivered. The first two books I gave four stars because they were amazing in all the ways I’ve described above, but left me hoping the next book would provide the answers I wanted. The third book got three stars because I didn’t feel an adequate explanation was provided. I still see no explanation for many small details and while a clear theory is provided explaining the main events, it’s very vague. Given the enjoyable mystery at the beginning, I could see some people appreciating that some mystery is preserved at the end. Personally, I find a lack of cohesive explanation sloppy world building and couldn’t love this series completely without that explanation.