Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
Winner of the 2015 Nebula Award.

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 psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. 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 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.

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1) Details

Book TitleAnnihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
Book Author
ISBN9780374104092
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
Pages195
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Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1) Reviews

  • Joe Valdez
    Aug 10, 2016

    Joe Valdez

    The next stop in my end-of-the-world reading marathon was Annihilation, the first entry in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy. While the novel doesn't introduce a doomsday scenario or send the population of a major city fleeing in terror, an apocalyptic vibe permeates the story, ...

  • Katie
    Aug 4, 2016

    Katie

    Jarringly beautiful and horrifying. Easily my favorite book so far this year. ...

  • Lisa Vegan
    Aug 4, 2016

    Lisa Vegan

    I read this because it was a book selected for my book club. I wasn’t too happy when I found out that it was book 1 in a trilogy. Even though I can’t say I was incredibly satisfied with its ending, I don’t feel a consuming desire to read on, though I would like to know e...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    May 18, 2016

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “We all live in a kind of continuous dream. When we wake, it is because something, some event, some pinprick even, disturbs the edges of what we’ve taken as reality.” Welcome to the place that lies outside of ...

  • Richard Derus
    Apr 6, 2016

    Richard Derus

    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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 c...

  • Carmen
    Mar 28, 2016

    Carmen

    I am convinced now that I and the rest of the expedition were given access to these records for the simple reason that, for certain kinds of classified information, it did not matter what we knew or didn't know. There was only one logical conclusion: Experience told our superiors that ...

  • Giovanna
    Mar 7, 2016

    Giovanna

    So...this is my 1000th book read. Italian review here, English review below!Partiamo con l'affermare l'ovvio: Annientamento è un libro strano . Per essere completamente onesta e fare sfoggio della mia ignoranza ammetto persino di non saperlo collocare in un genere letterario. Certo...

  • Patrick
    Dec 30, 2015

    Patrick

    Really good books. Very different. Very atmospheric and different than anything else I've ever read.I read part of this trilogy off the page and listened to some of it on audiobook. And looking back, I wish I'd read the entire thing off the page. I think it would have been a better ove...

  • Danger
    Sep 26, 2015

    Danger

    Annihilation is all about tone. Hitting a single note on a piano and letting it ring out for as long as it can.It takes a special kind of talent to get me as enraptured as I was while reading this book. Descriptionporn. Settingporn. Atmosphereporn. That's what this is. But I’m not...

  • Brad
    Sep 9, 2015

    Brad

    So I went to the Natural History Museum in NYC and watched a wonderful IMAX film about the wonders of the ocean world, the horrors of a living coral reef, and animals that more properly resembled plant life. One life form slowly devours another, using all the myriad tricks of evolution...