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Annihilation

av Jeff VanderMeer

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Serier: The Southern Reach (1)

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6,1033531,539 (3.69)2 / 340
Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

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 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.

Cover artwork (c)Paramount Pictures. All Rights Re… (mer)

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Another book I regret not finishing in one sitting. There rises a slow and dreaded anxiety as you begin to read it that carries and heightens as you continue on. Every time I looked away from the book or put it down, that spell was broken. So if you plan to read this, do it when you have enough time to finish it all in one go! ( )
  Readings.of.a.Slinky | Nov 20, 2023 |
Though I quite enjoyed the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy, this second one took the plot in a much different direction, choosing to focus on the office politics of the staff of the Southern Reach, instead of examining Area-X itself. The language was still dreamy and ethereal, but I wasn't nearly as engaged as I was in the first book. I'll need to drag myself into the third and final novel, hoping it makes this previous one pay off. ( )
  nakedspine | Nov 16, 2023 |
I don't even know where to begin when describing this book. Plus, I am not sure I want to give any of it away. This book is a riddle wrapped up in a mystery. It is beautiful and horrific. I finished it and immediately wondered if it would read differently when all three books are out. There are so many layers to this book that I am fairly sure it will be a different book on a reread. It has the best first page of a novel since Stephen King's The Gunslinger. If you can read the first page and not want to go on then this book is probably not for you. My favorite book of the year so far. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
I don't have much to say about this that hasn't already been said. Overall, I think it's a solid read with some genuinely creepy parts and enough intrigue to make you want to keep reading all the way until the end. I had some issues with how vague some parts were - I felt like I was missing something or that my imagination was lacking.

I wouldn't recommend the rest of the books in the trilogy. In my opinion, they take away from this novel and I'm not sure I would re-read this as a result of reading the others. ( )
  wraithqueen | Oct 24, 2023 |
Weird, sometimes stiff, sometimes undulating, but worth it if you're feeling stifled by books with mundane settings.

Way better than the movie. ( )
  mmparker | Oct 24, 2023 |
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...strange, clever, off-putting, maddening, claustrophobic, occasionally beautiful, occasionally disturbing and altogether fantastic...Annihilation is a book meant for gulping — for going in head-first and not coming up for air until you hit the back cover.
tillagd av zhejw | ändraNPR, Jason Sheehan (Feb 7, 2014)
 
"Annihilation," in which the educated and analytical similarly meets up with the inhuman, is a clear triumph for Vandermeer, who after numerous works of genre fiction has suddenly transcended genre with a compelling, elegant and existential story of far broader appeal.
tillagd av zhejw | ändraLos Angeles Times, Lydia Millet (Jan 20, 2014)
 

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The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats. Beyond the marsh flats and the natural canals lies the ocean and, a little farther down the coast, a derelict lighthouse. All of this part of the country had been abandoned for decades, for reasons that are not easy to relate. Our expedition was the first to enter Area X for more than two years, and much of our predecessors’ equipment had rusted, their tents and sheds little more than husks. Looking out over that untroubled landscape, I do not believe any of us could yet see the threat.
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"Annihilation!" she shrieked at me, flailing in confusion.  "Annihilation! Annihilation!" The word seemed more meaningless the more she repeated it, like the cry of a bird with a broken wing.
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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:

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 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.

Cover artwork (c)Paramount Pictures. All Rights Re

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