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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: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374104092
Branch Call Number: VANDERMEE J
Characteristics: 195 p. ; 19 cm.


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TSCPL_Miranda May 28, 2017

If you've ever thought, even for a fleeting moment, that humans have only temporarily carved out a place on ancient Earth, or that in some ways it might be better if our power declined, this book might appeal to you. If you hate books that raise a lot of questions without answering them, this boo... Read More »

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OPL_DavidD Dec 05, 2018

I liked how much you got into the main character's head space, and what the book had to say about her and her circumstances. I'm a fan of introspective science fiction books with unreliable narrators, so this book pulled me in. I recommend it to any fans of introspective science fiction and the weird fiction sub-genre.

Nov 25, 2018

This book is vague. Not in either a good or bad way. It does a great job of intentionally leaving you in the dark as you imagine the wild possibilities of this ominous ecosystem. However, I saw the film first and actually enjoyed their interpretation a little more. Maybe it is an instance of what you see first is what you prefer. However, if you're into science fiction with a very sure sense of style, give a shot I suppose.

LPL_EliH Oct 31, 2018

At once lusciously imaginative and tense with dread, Annihilation is a gem of recent scifi. The mysteries of Area X are deep and satisfying whether you choose to finish the series--and trust me, it gets even weirder--or if you just let them ferment inside you for a while.

Aug 22, 2018

Annihilation is written like the protagonist is trying to remember a dream. You know how the details upon waking are all fuzzy and slippery? This makes the story both exciting but hidden in half-truths. Don't be surprised if upon reading a scene you feel like you glossed over important information. In this case, it wasn't reader inattention. The narrator is being guarded and cagey.

Aug 20, 2018

I decided to read this book after I heard Alex Garland speak about the movie he made based on this novel. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I must say I enjoyed the book. The psychological thriller aspect of the book wasn't a let down. All in all, reading this book was time well spent. I'll be sure to read the additional books in the series.

Aug 18, 2018

I purposefully avoided the highly recommended movie until I read the original novel. While I have only read the first book in the series, I have to say I really enjoyed a lot of it. At the same time, there were definitely a couple of things I did not like as much. Other reviewers have described Annihiliation as having an almost Lovecraftian horror vibe, and in my opinion that comparison is spot on. A particular Lovecraft short story, "The Colour out of Space", shares a lot in common with Annihiliation. A strange an indescribable area where plant and animal life experience horrific changes. Changes that also effect people who observe them. Annihilation is almost a modern re-telling of the 89 year old tale. As with the lovecraftian story, I enjoyed the psychological horror aspects of this tale. The main character can be seen as unendearing due to her being a social introvert, but I actually found that refreshing. She knows who she is, and withstands pressure to change or pretend to be a person she isn't just to fit in.
As great a read as it is, the thing I enjoyed least about the novel has been brought up by other reviewers as well. The overall story plays out like the first few seasons of LOST. The questions pile up, but no explanation or background is given. It felt as if the author wanted the reader to come up with their own explanation of what's going on and why. There's nothing wrong with that kind of storytelling, but it needs a strong ending that gives a purpose to the story. In that aspect, Annihilation fails a bit. I finished the book thinking "Well that was pretty trippy, but it was just a story about someone visiting a place I know nothing about, for no explanable reason, to which nothing was resolved". Its a fun ride, but the substance of what you went through fades as the ending putters out. I still plan on reading the sequels though, so the story did its job in hooking me in at least.

Aug 09, 2018

This is close to a 3.5 for me.

I thought the idea of the story was really cool, and I loved that the characters don't have names, and are just referred to by their occupation.

But, I just felt that the story was...slow. And I didn't feel very connected to the main character or sucked into her story. It was like reading an old expedition journal or something.

Overall, the concept and the theme of the novel was really cool, but I don't think I'll continue on with the series.

Jul 28, 2018

This is the best book in the trilogy, it gives one the creeps as you go through the story,because we don't really know what is out at the site the women are investigating. Would have been better as a graphic novel.

Jul 25, 2018

I loved this book as it didn't conform to the normal "sci-fi" mold in many ways. It's less about world building and the author trying to wow you with their imagination of physical places, and more about the thoughts that take place in the mind of the main character and the complexities of what motivates their actions.

If you want a book that takes you on some roller-coaster ride in strange and exotic locations with three headed aliens and funny inside nerd jokes (which I love), this is not that book.

I described it to a friend as a lonely version of the show "Lost" seasons 1-3 and I mean that in the best of ways, and also as a warning to anyone who can't stand the idea of such a story.

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.

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