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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; with subsequent expeditions ending in tragedy and disaster. This is the 12th expedition: a group made up of four women with a mission to map the terrain, collect specimens, 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. Annihilation (Farrar Straus Giroux) is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, set to be published throughout 2014.