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Annihilation: A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy) (edition 2014)

by Jeff VanderMeer

Series: The Southern Reach (1)

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If J. J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel ... it might be this awesome.

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.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologistâ??the de facto leaderâ??and a biologist, who is our narrator. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X deliversâ??they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understandingâ??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.

Cover artwork (c)Paramount Pictures. All Rights Re… (more)

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Title:Annihilation: A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy)
Authors:Jeff VanderMeer
Info:FSG Originals (2014), Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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3.5 stars. It takes about 250 pages for this to get somewhere. The first chunk of the story is like if "liminal space" subtle dread meets Office Space. The last part of the book truly heats up and feels like classic VanderMeer. It was kind of a drag but those last 100-ish pages were 5/5, and the main reason I want to finish the series. ( )
  escapinginpaper | May 18, 2024 |
Boring slog. ( )
  Abcdarian | May 18, 2024 |
A fascinating book, but a very internal one. Annihilation is made up of journal entries kept by one member of a research team sent into the strange wilderness of "Area X." In contrast to the film, much of the content is taken up with the musings and observations of the narrator, her own thoughts, rather than what it happening around her. I can see hints of where the film got its ideas from, but they aren't spelled out. There's a lot there for the imagination. It's a book more for thinking rather than for action. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Apr 29, 2024 |
I haven't been made to feel this anxious and disturbed by fiction in a hot minute! ( )
  bookonion | Mar 8, 2024 |
...meh... ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
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...strange, clever, off-putting, maddening, claustrophobic, occasionally beautiful, occasionally disturbing and altogether fantastic...Annihilation is a book meant for gulping — for going in head-first and not coming up for air until you hit the back cover.
added by zhejw | editNPR, Jason Sheehan (Feb 7, 2014)
 
"Annihilation," in which the educated and analytical similarly meets up with the inhuman, is a clear triumph for Vandermeer, who after numerous works of genre fiction has suddenly transcended genre with a compelling, elegant and existential story of far broader appeal.
added by zhejw | editLos Angeles Times, Lydia Millet (Jan 20, 2014)
 

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Jeff VanderMeerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aula, NikoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blomeyer, MarionCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corral, RodrigoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kellner, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCormick, CarolynNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyquist, EricCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strick, CharlotteCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats. Beyond the marsh flats and the natural canals lies the ocean and, a little farther down the coast, a derelict lighthouse. All of this part of the country had been abandoned for decades, for reasons that are not easy to relate. Our expedition was the first to enter Area X for more than two years, and much of our predecessors’ equipment had rusted, their tents and sheds little more than husks. Looking out over that untroubled landscape, I do not believe any of us could yet see the threat.
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Desolation tries to colonize you.
"Annihilation!" she shrieked at me, flailing in confusion.  "Annihilation! Annihilation!" The word seemed more meaningless the more she repeated it, like the cry of a bird with a broken wing.
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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

If J. J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel ... it might be this awesome.

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.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologistâ??the de facto leaderâ??and a biologist, who is our narrator. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X deliversâ??they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understandingâ??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.

Cover artwork (c)Paramount Pictures. All Rights Re

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