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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 a biologist, who is our narrator. 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 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.
Publisher: London : 2014 Fourth Estate,
ISBN: 9780007550692
Branch Call Number: AF VAND


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Natalie Portman stars as a biologist that signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don't apply.

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AL_TARINA Nov 13, 2017

The surprising winner of the 2015 Nebula Award. A nearly pointless read that tries very hard to be the science fiction version of "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. It was also quite clear the author was trying to channel Arthur C. Clarke; unfortunately what worked for Clarke and McCarthy does not work here and the author comes off as unable, or perhaps unwilling, to give any definitive, believable statements. If you're more into atmospheric stories that refuse to tie up loose ends you may enjoy this book, however if you're looking for solid plot progression, explanations, and answers I would suggest steering clear of this book.

SCL_Justin Oct 23, 2017

This is the story of a scientific expedition, where the scientists have no names because they'll all be dead soon enough anyway. It was a creepy story of the psychology of people who are better off alone, the observers of nature, and how they are manipulated. It was deeply creepy and compelling, reminding me of Stanislaw Lem's Solaris or Peter Watts' Starfish

Highly recommended, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Frustratingly ambiguous, yet addictive. It made me uncomfortable in all the right ways.

Cynthia_N Sep 20, 2017

I picked this up because I read it is going to be made into a movie. Very weird book (is it a tower or a tunnel?) and I can't wait to see what the movie is like! Current release date is February 2018.

Aug 24, 2017

This first book was freaky. And also makes me afraid of spores. SPORES. Not sure I am ready for book 2 yet...

Aug 19, 2017

This is amazing, I read it in one day. Perfect sci-fi and horror. A lone person exploring strangeness.

Jun 19, 2017

This book got me from page 1, a great mix of mystery, sci-fi and horror.
The story is told in pieces, giving you a detail here and there, keeping you engaged, wanting to know more. Last weekend I told my family "sorry, no TV time for me, I need to keep reading Annihilation".
The author balances hinting you about things and events, giving you just enough to keep you interested without giving you enough to guess or to go into conclusions. You may think you figured it out, "this is happening", nope, you don't, keep reading!
The author uses a great vocabulary to describe situations, people, events. It adds to the sense that he is not describing a normal place or common events.

Miranda_Ericsson 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 book might frustrate you. Lush imagery and lingering mystery are a couple of the reasons​ that this book is one of my favorite recent reads.

May 24, 2017

Dull, boring and ultimately a major let-down. I was so turned off to the writing that I doubt I will ever go out of my way to read anything by the author again unless my bookclub is feeling particularly sadistic.

AL_KATI Mar 14, 2017

Compelling sci-fi that brought to mind "The Island of Doctor Moreau." Plus it'll be a movie starring Natalie Portman coming out in 2017!

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