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The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel that "reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world" (Kim Stanley Robinson).

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; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition 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 weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation , the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The 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, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, 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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2014]
ISBN: 9780374710774
Characteristics: 1 online resource (195 pages)


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Jan 28, 2018

Amazing book that keeps you drawn in the entire time. I felt as if i was watching everything play out in front of me, which I sadly don't get often from books. Can't wait to finish the trilogy.

Jan 25, 2018

The first book in the "Southern Reach" trilogy. I've read plenty of reader's reviews about how "boring" this book is. I found it quite the opposite of boring. I enjoyed the ambiguity and the feeling of dread that was pervasive throughout the story. I don't think it's a typical Sci-Fi narrative. Maybe more character driven than most of this genre.

Jan 23, 2018

Really pleased with this book. "Science fiction" is a little out of my wheelhouse, but I do love a dystopia. I found the pace quick and exciting. Can't say the same for Book 2 though... Super excited about the upcoming movie!

Jan 02, 2018

Lyrical and strange and wonderful. I loved the unreliability of the narrator, the mystery of Area X, and the sense of horror as more and more was uncovered. Can't wait to continue with the series and see the movie.

Dec 13, 2017

Whatever the author was trying for doesn't even come close to working. Neither interesting or enjoyable.

AL_TARINA Nov 13, 2017

The surprising winner of the 2015 Nebula Award. A nearly pointless read that tries very hard to be the science fiction version of "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. It was also quite clear the author was trying to channel Arthur C. Clarke; unfortunately what worked for Clarke and McCarthy does not work here and the author comes off as unable, or perhaps unwilling, to give any definitive, believable statements. If you're more into atmospheric stories that refuse to tie up loose ends you may enjoy this book, however if you're looking for solid plot progression, explanations, and answers I would suggest steering clear of this book.

SCL_Justin Oct 23, 2017

This is the story of a scientific expedition, where the scientists have no names because they'll all be dead soon enough anyway. It was a creepy story of the psychology of people who are better off alone, the observers of nature, and how they are manipulated. It was deeply creepy and compelling, reminding me of Stanislaw Lem's Solaris or Peter Watts' Starfish

Highly recommended, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

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...

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