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Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1)

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Staff Pick

Annihilation is haunting and dreamlike, eerily menacing and appealingly open to interpretation. Immersion in VanderMeer's intriguing and beautifully drawn dystopian world will keep you up at night.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

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If J.J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel... it might be this awesome

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 its the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.

Annihilation is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, which will be published throughout 2014: volume two (Authority) in June, and volume three (Acceptance) in September.

Review:

“A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it.” Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls

Review:

"In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books." Peter Straub, author of Lost Boy, Lost Girl

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"One of those books where it all comes together — the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. Annihilation is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth." Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe

About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of Americas American Fantastic Tales and in multiple years-best anthologies. He writes nonfiction for The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

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Chris Haggqvist, June 3, 2014 (view all comments by Chris Haggqvist)
This book is absolutely a must read for any fans of classic science fiction and horror. It is eloquently written and a real page turner. In its evocation of atmosphere and its execution it reminded me a lot of Roadside Picnic by the Strugatsky brothers. It unfolds in a brilliant fashion and I am eagerly awaiting the sequels.
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This book is ridiculous! I absolutely loved it, and cannot wait for the second installation. Beware: You will get stressed out while reading this, but, if all goes well, your mind will also be blown and you will insist that everyone around you also read it. I don't want to say too much about the plot because the less you know in advance, the better. READ THIS!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374104092
Author:
VanderMeer, Jeff
Publisher:
FSG Originals
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20140204
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in 1 lb

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Product details 208 pages FSG Originals - English 9780374104092 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Annihilation is haunting and dreamlike, eerily menacing and appealingly open to interpretation. Immersion in VanderMeer's intriguing and beautifully drawn dystopian world will keep you up at night.

"Review" by , “A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it.”
"Review" by , "In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books."
"Review" by , "One of those books where it all comes together — the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. Annihilation is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth."
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