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Description

The first volume of the extraordinary Southern Reach trilogy - now a major motion picture written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina) and starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac.

For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border – an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic. Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.

©2014 Jeff VanderMeer Creative, Inc. (P)2014 2014 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critiques

"A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unravelling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot of Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and claustrophobic dread that lingers long afterwards. I loved it." (Lauren Beukes, award-winning author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls)
"Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent." (Warren Ellis)
"One of those books where it all comes together - the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. Annihilation is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth." (Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe)
"A contemporary masterpiece." ( The Guardian)

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Introspective, philosophical story. Embark in a journey wich is more about the narrator than the creature. A mysterious beautiful book, with a puzzling end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12/04/2017

Didn't like the narrator

The narrator has a very odd way of reading which made the story quite hard to follow. Her intonation was all over the place, yet her pace and volume stayed the same, even in dramatic or suspenseful moments. The overall effect was one of emotionlessness. I am not sure if this was a conscious decision on her part (given that the protagonist is a scientist writing an expedition journal this would make sense) but it didn't work for me at all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14/03/2018

Watched the movie, read the book.

I came by this book series via the netflix movie. It was incredible, so I started listening on the book, and ordered the whole book series. The book and the movie are almost as if two separate entities that are bound together by some of the characters and few similarities. I can't really compare them as they are so different, at least the way I saw saw the world in my head. But still the book is a piece of art. Loved it, will read again some day.

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  • Julie Gray
  • 11/02/2018

Oh gosh. Nope.

This book is the perfect storm of a narrator who, bless her heart and despite her best efforts, was not the person for this read, an opaque plot that never comes together or makes sense and prose that most decidedly does not sing. Pass.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07/02/2018

Soulless, but good.

Interesting story. The Biologist is probably the least likeable character ever created. The narration fits her, although a lot of times felt like listening to an artificial voice, like Alexa or the Google Translate voice. Also, she pronounces the word "detail" in such a wierd way (-dettaele-) that it will haunt me for my life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/07/2018

tedious and scattered

overcomplicated, scattered logic and thought profession made it hard to follow and siimultaneously it was tedious and not enticing. the speaker was dry but this may be due to a very dry narrative
at no point in the story did I have a clue what was happening and what was revealed was spoonfed to the audience

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  • John
  • 03/06/2018

Almost but not quite vague enough

Have you ever read a book that you couldn't give spoilers away even if you wanted to? Well this is it. I cant give spoilers because almost nothing of consequence that you cant deduce in the first 10 pages happens. The characters have no relatable motivations, no growth or arcs and no conclusions or catharsis of any form. The world is vaguely described but not vaguely enough so you are left with a feeling of incompleteness instead of surreal.

People that didnt enjoy the series LOST stay away.

People that expect hard science fiction stay away (the most sciency jargon is "eucariot").

  • Global
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  • Pedro Medeiros de Almeida
  • 09/04/2018

Very surreal

Really good, but get ready for some surreal and confusing story. It's completely different from the movie.

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  • grael23
  • 26/03/2018

Tedious environmental Lovecraft

NON SPOILER REVIEW: While Annihilation is technically well-written and the individual scenes are quite enjoyable, progressing through the book makes one realize the lack of coherent structure and momentum necessary to bind a story of this type together. With two hours to go, I realized The Biologists relationships, insights and experiences weren't going to tie together in any neat character moment. And they didn't. It sort of all just fell into a heap, like being poured out of a bucket. I can push it around with the toe of my boot and see the whole, but it's still a weak gruel. The conclusion is a decompressed, toothless Lovecraft - a futile barrage of adjectives to describe the indescribable that doesn't hold the journey it took you on. The whole book is just a long winded justification to explain what has sort of been inexplicable. And I'm no better for the knowing. If you're into maudlin, sci-fi with a main character that keeps you as distanced as she does from the world, and that's more into justification than exploration, then have at it. There's a couple nice character moments, but it's not enough for me. If this was a 30 page short story, I think I would have loved it and the length would have justified the idea. The narrator does a solid job with what she's given. ps. I apologize, but I don't care if there are answers in the later books. I'm talking about this one. *** SPOILER * * * * Yes, I know her experiences as a biologist are a (pale) reflection of the experiences she was currently undergoing. Where observer becomes subject etc. But it's not enough. As I said, that's a 30 page idea. Tops. Sorry to be so negative.

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  • medicalicious
  • 30/01/2018

My opinion

I have listened to the story and the performance by the speaker was very good. The story itself has a nice beginning but after a while it gets somehow repetitious. Nevertheless interesting viewpoint.

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  • Bjørn Borud
  • 02/01/2018

Pompous and sophomoric

Starts off rather promisingly and then degenerates into swollen sophomoric verbiage. Last chapter was especially embarrassing and painful to listen to.

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  • Dirk Zimmermann
  • 20/04/2018

uneasing story

very strange but at the same time thrilling stor,y leaving the reader uneasy
, gives apart from the fiction part insight to people who seem from the outsight strange to us,

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  • J. Reichinger
  • 30/08/2015

Nicht gerade ein "Must-Read"

An manchen Stellen des Buches merkt man, dass der Autor wirklich spannend erzählen kann. Leider vergisst er die längste Zeit darauf, es auch mal zu tun.
Genauso bahnt sich besonders gegen Ende des Buches eine interessante und fesselnde Geschichte an.... die nur leider vorbei ist bevor sie so wirklich angefangen hat.

Das Buch war jetzt nicht direkt schlecht, aber meiner Meinung nach nichts dass man auf keinen Fall verpassen will und auch nichts dass einen bleibenden Eindruck hinterlässt.

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