Friday, April 26, 2019

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

After numerous failed expeditions, the 12th group is heading into the mysterious Area X. Four women, known only by their work specialty, a psychologist, anthropologist, biologist, and a surveyor, head into this no-man’s-land that stretched along the coastline and interior for who-knows-how-far to study, explore, map, and report back what they can to the governing body, the Southern Reach. Things start going sideways almost immediately when expedition members start to disappear.

The story is presented from the viewpoint of The Biologist who proves to be a less than reliable narrator. This first installment in the Southern Reach Trilogy is strange, confusing, scary, and fascinating! I couldn’t put it down “needing” to know what was going to happen next. You know what is happening when it happens but you never know why or how anything fits into a bigger picture of what Area X is. Doesn’t matter. Let me have Book 2.

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