AnnihilationBook - 2014
Describes the 12th expedition to “Area X,” a region cut off from the continent for decades, by a group of intrepid women scientists who try to ignore the high mortality rates of those on the previous 11 missions. Original. 75,000 first printing.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
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.
Describes the twelfth expedition to Area X, a region cut off from the continent for decades, by a group of intrepid women scientists who try to ignore the high mortality rates of those on the previous eleven missions.
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FVRL_Maple_Ridge Feb 26, 2018
Science fiction. For decades, Area X has been closed to civilization. Even though the government continues to send in secret expeditions to investigate the new wilderness growing in the area, no one knows why these explorers either fail to return or return as shells of their former selves. Annihi... Read More »
FVRL_Maple_Ridge Oct 27, 2016
Area X has been closed to civilization for decades, although the government has been sending secret expeditions in to investigate this new wilderness. Why have none of these explorers returned unscathed? Annihilation opens with four women of the twelfth expedition being sent into Area X on a mapp... Read More »
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