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Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)

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 deliversthey discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understandingbut its the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything....

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Number of Pages : 195 pages
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Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”...but whether it decays under the earth or above on green fields, or out to sea or in the very air, all shall come to revelation, and to revel, in the knowledge of the strangling fruit and the hand of the sinner shall rejoice, for there is no sin in shadow or in light that the seeds of the dead cannot forgive…”



    An Anthropologist, a Surveyor, a Psychologist, and a Biologist, all female, make up the 12th expedition to AREA X. The expeditions that have come to this region before have not fared ...more

  • Philip

    2.5ish stars.

    I wanted to like this, and I think I probably did - I convinced myself I did - until I realized that maybe I didn't. I finished and had to have an internal conversation with myself (much like the biologist in 90% of the book) to identify that, beneath the eerie, suspenseful surface, the feeling I was left with was, well, a vacancy of feeling. I'm down with New Weird (VanderMeer's Borne is one of my recent favorites), and I can burn with the slowest of burns, but for whatever reason
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  • Will M.

    Curiosity could be a powerful distraction

    When the 12th expedition planned on further investigating the mysterious Area X, things started to get weird again. The team was comprised of a biologist, anthropologist, surveyor, and a psychologist. This expedition proved to be just as dangerous as the first 11. Will this one finally be the successful one, or will it be the worst one of them all?

    Annihilation received a huge amount of buzz and positive feedback over the past few months. I've also bee

    Velvet ants and tiny emerald beetles crawled over them. The tall pines, with their scaly ridges of bark, rose on both sides, and the shadows of flying birds conjured lines between them.


    The writing was really good. I can't complain about that.

    The main thing that I hated about this novel would be the terrible lifeless characters. None of them was good enough to be liked. I honestly didn't care if all of them died, even the boring ass main character. While the plot was decent, the characters ruined what little left of fondness I had of the novel. I'm very glad that the next novel would have a different set of characters. I'm hoping for redemption for this trilogy.

    I almost forgot to add in that the secret in the end was not that bad. I was expecting something cheesy but I liked it in a way. Not really a plot twist, but it was a good revelation nonetheless.

    3/5 stars. Decent plot, really good writing, but terrible character development. I'm still giving the next novel a chance. I'm really hoping the characters would be a lot better there. ...more

  • Bradley

    So I went to the Natural History Museum in NYC and watched a wonderful IMAX film about the wonders of the ocean world, the horrors of a living coral reef, and animals that more properly resembled plant life. One life form slowly devours another, using all the myriad tricks of evolution, from symbiosis and natural selection, to rise, unerringly, to be the top of the food chain.

    I felt like I just read a SF/Horror hybrid that was just narrated by Jacques Cousteau, full of even and progressive prose
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  • Alejandro

    I am sure that it will shock to many readers my low rating of this popular novel, but sadly I think that it's the best way to express my own personal reading experience with the book. And I prefer to be honest than just giving a high rating if I don't believe on it.

    First of all, I don't hate the author and I am not looking for affecting the average rating of this novel.

    Basically, I had to balance the meaning of each rating here on Goodreads against what I thought about my reading experience with
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  • Matthew

    I was expecting more from this book. I will read the next one at some point, mainly because I know there is a next book. If I didn't know there was one, I don't think I would have been left expecting more. The book did not really draw me in and I found it to be somewhat repetitious. All this was disappointing considering the hype I have heard about it.

    But, since there are two others in the series, and the series as a whole is critically acclaimed - perhaps I will find something more as the story
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

    “We all live in a kind of continuous dream. When we wake, it is because something, some event, some pinprick even, disturbs the edges of what we’ve taken as reality.”

    Welcome to the place that lies outside of Trump’s wall that Mexico paid for. It is known as Area X . . .

    “Our mission was simple: to continue the government’s investigation into the mysteries of Area X . . . We were the twelfth expedition.”

    After my failure yesterday I
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  • Trudi



    Welcome to Area X. Ecologically pristine. Cut off from civilization. Hostile to humans. What lurks there? Does it have a name? Will you live to tell about what you've seen? Who will believe you?



    If one can be said to "do" weird, then I don't think I do it very well. Annihilation -- the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy -- is Weird with a capital 'W' with its roots in H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood. It has a post-modern mindfuck vibe as well reminiscent of House of Leaves.

    That is to
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