Annihilation Author:Jeff VanderMeer HardCover. Pub Date :2014-02-27 Pages: 208 Language: English Publisher:. Fourth Estate Ltd If JJ Abrams and Margaret Atwood collaborated on a novel. it might look something like 'Annihilation'. the first in an extraordinary trilogy For thirty years. Area X. monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach. has remained mysterious and r... more »emote behind its intangible border-an environmental disaster zone. though to all appearances an abundant wilderness Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate;. even for those that have made it out alive. there have been terrible consequences. 'Annihilation' is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent. the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist. an anthropologist and a surveyor. their stated mission: to chart the land...« less
This book is terrifying, but beautiful. Short as it is, I read it incredibly slowly both because I was too scared to turn the page and because I wanted to drag out the experience as much as possible. The sense of place and description of the setting is nearly unparalleled. It's written in a slow creeping style, which I guess may annoy some readers but I think it works well for the material. I'm not sure how to describe this, but if sci-fi with a dose of horror is up your alley, read this.