Tuesday 6 November 2018

ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)

This is a book that I've wanted to read for a while, so when hubby found a really nice copy during one of our thrift store adventures, I was super excited.

Area X is cut off from the rest of the world, and has been for a long time. It's why groups of expeditions are sent out to explore. But every time they are, something strange happens. Some expeditions end in murder, others in suicide, the latest were shells of their former selves when they returned. But new groups keep training and new professionals are sent out.

During the 12th expedition, a biologist, surveyor, anthropologist and psychologist are sent. And they're all female. Not that this will make a difference when facing such treacherous terrain...

Whoa. Wow! This is such an intriguing and unique SF story. I was hooked instantly. It's SO intense.

The narrator--the biologist--has such an addictive voice. She kept me riveted to the page because I wanted to know what was going to happen next, exactly what was going on in this world, and just wanted to know how everything was going to turn out.

This is such an intriguing psychological (ecological) thriller. The biologist's voice is strong, yet shy and even standoffish. Not to mention that she often becomes an unreliable narrator. She explains a lot about what she sees and what she's gone through, but conveniently leaves out important bits of information. She also seemed to struggle with emotion and relationships, which comes across whenever she talks about her husband--who was on one of the ill-fated expeditions.

I especially liked how the biologist talks about her surroundings. It makes everything come alive, her words filled my mind with amazing and impossible imagery about a world that is often hard to comprehend.

The mysterious and creepy vibes were addictive. The more I read, the more I got lost in this insane world. A lot of weird shit happens, and the writing style captured everything perfectly. Add a bunch of clever flashbacks to tie in to what the biologist discovers, and there's no way I was putting this book down until I reached The End.

After that ending, I'm really curious about where the other two books in this trilogy will take this story.

Now we can watch the movie. 😊

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