Annihilation

Annihilation

Paperback - 2014
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Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes 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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780374104092
0374104093
Branch Call Number: VanderMeer, J
VanderMeer, J
VanderMeer, J
VanderMeer, J
VANDERME J
VANDERME J
VANDERME J
VANDERME J
Characteristics: 195 pages ; 19 cm

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An expedition of four women - an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist, and a biologist - is sent out to explore the mysterious AREA X. The previous eleven expeditions have all ended disastrously. Will the twelfth expedition succeed where the others have failed?


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dwlueth
Jul 16, 2018

I read this book much faster than I usually do. I found the pace and level of character development perfect. I find many books are read are too long with details that are not necessary. I loved that the author kept this book the perfect length for this story. I am excited to read the next book in the series.

SCL_Jenny Jul 09, 2018

This is a great book that really knows how to do unsettling well. I didn't like the writing style at first, I found it dense and overly-descriptive, but I got used to it the further I went along. And then it was so creepy and engaging that the style didn't matter at all to me. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy!

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MaxCW26
Jul 06, 2018

Great book. Looking forward to reading the rest of the Southern Reach trilogy.

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pspice
Jun 18, 2018

I'm with lecopaw and Alfred367. I bought the trilogy and am donating it to the library. Very dense, mega-descriptive sentences and passages. Difficult to follow. Strangely enough, I did finish all 3 but, even now knowing the ending (?), it left me unsatisfied. I will not check out another book by this author.

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lucasey
May 30, 2018

unsettling, creative sci-fi mystery

OLATHEAllisonB May 25, 2018

A slow burning story with Lovecraftian elements, "Annihilation" is vague and unsettling. Vandermeer does a nice job describing just enough of the setting and beings in Area X so that it is up to the reader to imagine what they might look like, which can be far more frightening than being explicitly told how they look. But the most chilling parts of this book are the interactions among the 4 human women who make up the exploratory team in Area X. No names are used and everyone, including the main character, are referred to by their job titles in the outside world (although one of them may have another secret role that is never fully explained). Sinister mysteries lie beneath the events of the plot, pointing to the promise of learning more in the rest of the series. This is not a book for those who prefer clearly outlined stories with predictable checkpoints and a neatly-tied-up ending, but it is a short and interesting read.

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stewstealth
May 13, 2018

A haunting narrative that is overly descriptive with no characterization except for the protagonist. The author conveys a chilling environment but not much logic(Even in the "real world") and we get no explanation for Area X ( A stupid name). As this book is quite short and published in the same year as the two other installments it is possible that when the trilogy is completed there is some sort of payoff. Hard to say at this point if it is worth reading.

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JLMason
May 11, 2018

This short book is a hard-to-put-down, compelling read, well-paced in its gradual revelation of new information. Through the precise, detached first person account of the mission’s biologist, we see her interpretation of the phenomena in the familiar, but alien landscape in an abandoned area somewhere in the southern US (or maybe not!). Aspects of her behaviour (she has characteristics of Asperger’s) and of her past make us believe that she has unique abilities to understand and withstand the peculiar manifestations of Area X. The only troubling aspect of the story line is why the series of teams sent into the area are misled in their briefing and preparation. Many mysteries remain at the end, setting up the second instalment of the trilogy.

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Pipthekat
May 07, 2018

This book started off slow, but by the end of the book, I was sad that it was over. It was a surprisingly good read.

For those who have watched the movie, either the director or the screen writer said that they had only read a couple chapters. So yes, it is different from the movie.

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lecopaw
May 05, 2018

This was the longest short book I have read. If you enjoy endlessly contemplating your navel, this one's for you. I may or may not read the other two books of the series, or perhaps I already have, or thought perhaps that I should, but then again maybe it was only a whisper of a longing unobtainable or seen in a dream that dissolved within upon itself in another life made of this place in the depths of the tower.

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