A friend of mine highly recommended this book to me, and given the fact that it’s so short, I was sold. She didn’t tell me much about it, so I went into this book with as clear a slate as possible – which I would highly recommend to anyone considering picking this book up. To be frank – it’s a weird book that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea – but at only 195 pages, what do you have to lose?
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third 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 weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.