Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)

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 Annihi...

Details Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)

TitleAnnihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
Release DateFeb 4th, 2014
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery

Reviews Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)

  • 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 again...
  • 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 expediti...
  • Patrick
    Really good books. Very different. Very atmospheric and different than anything else I've ever read.I read part of this trilogy off the page and listened to some of it on audiobook. And looking back, I wish I'd read the entire thing off the page. I think it would have been a better overall experience that way.Highly recommended.
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    FINE, FINE, FINE, I'm buying book 2.
  • Brendon Schrodinger
    Well it seems like Annihilation has divided the SF community into two, lovers and 'meh'ers. I'm pretty sure I'm one of the latter. I have been trying to think why a novel with a blurb that instantly sparked my curiousity was just so bleh. There are parts here that I love. I think the whole novel was under a cloud of boring, grey fungus spores. While you have this wonderful premise of an expedition to a remote 'Area X' where the world is not quite...
  • 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...
  • Eve
    Really a waste of time. The book seems to be going for the eerie "each man is every man" type of feeling that you got from Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," in which none of the characters have names. Here we have a small group of women, among them "the psychologist," "the surveyor," and "the biolgist" (our narrator) exploring Area X, a supernatural-type district that borders our own mundane world. I found myself completely uninvolved and not at all ...
  • Kai
    “Silence creates its own violence.”My initial reaction: BUT WHAT DOES IT MEANAnd I'm still sitting here, wondering and pondering. This novel was spectacular in every aspect. The best books are those that keep their secrets to themselves. Those, that don't tell you everything, that make you desperate for information that you will not receive. It's the mystery that keeps one interested, the depths that you want to explore. They make your finger...
  • Dan Schwent
    Four women, the twelfth such expedition, enter the mysterious Area X to observe and collect samples. Will the calamities that have befallen previous expeditions befall them as well?I'd read four Jeff VanderMeer books prior to this one and they were all unsettling in one way or another. This one was par from the course.Annihilation is a horror tale about secrecy, the unknown, and insanity. The biologist is the narrator and an unreliable one at tha...
  • 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 ...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 4* of five***MOVIE REVIEW*** Watch Darren of Flick Connection's guide to how to watch the film. It's a lot better than the carping literalists would have you believe. Please! PLEASE! Watch the film and let the experience beguile and ensorcel you. Watch it twice. Immerse yourself and let it become a bit of your brain.***MOVIE UPDATE: The Alex Garland adaptation will hit theaters on 23 February 2018. Garland's 2014 debut was Ex Machina, for...
  • Carmen
    I am convinced now that I and the rest of the expedition were given access to these records for the simple reason that, for certain kinds of classified information, it did not matter what we knew or didn't know. There was only one logical conclusion: Experience told our superiors that few if any of us would be coming back.Area X is thought to be a myth. A conspiracy theory. Something whispered about in environmental circles.But it's real. Appeari...
  • Fabian
    Dr. Moreau + Sphere + Hunger Games + Lord of the Flies + the first half of the MaddAddam trilogy = this bizarre intro into the "Southern Reach" trilogy. There may even be some groovy transcendentalist Thoreau thrown somewhere in there! The platform here is potent enough a dose to ensure the future reading of the next novels. ...Yay!!
  • Leonard Gaya
    A swimming pool. A rocky bay. An empty lot. A tower. A lighthouse. These things are real and not real. They exist and they do not exist.This is one of the weirdest pieces of literature I have read in recent months. I guess this short novel is redolent of the strange fascination one sometimes feels when gazing at a heavy, sleepy pool of water, where fish and tadpoles swarm and waggle among dead weeds, and more massive creatures seem to be lurking ...
  • Debra
    I picked up this book at my local library because I saw the movie trailer and was intrigued. Knowing it was based on a book, I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie. Four women, an Anthropologist, a Surveyor, a Psychologist, and a Biologist (the narrator) make up the 12th expedition to AREA X. They do not share their names - names aren't necessary, their research is the most important thing these women need to focus on while in Area X. A...
  • Karl
    What occurred to create Area X ? Is it an alien outpost ? Is it another dimension breaking through into ours ? The Southern Reach, the political entity in charge, is keeping it all a secret from humanity at large. Yet expeditions are put together to investigate and research it's existence. None of the previous expeditions have returned alive or have survived long after returning.Interestingly everyone who "crosses over" must be hypnotized in orde...
  • Annet
    Need to think about this one. Mixed feelings about it... still haven't made my mind up completely. but no doubt the story is exceptional...Really intriguing, weird story, kind of a hallucination.I liked the story concept and you keep reading, wondering what the .... is going on and how it will all end... but I did not particularly love it. Vague happenings, flat characters, and for me pages of contemplations that were not always engaging. Still, ...
  • 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 ...
  • L A i N E Y
    By the time we were ready to cross the border, we knew everything... and we knew nothing(Basically the description of yours truly’s feeling after reading the last page of Annihilation)Ok I need a sixth sense in order to really ‘get’ this book it seems. (view spoiler)[Just like our main biologist stated - maybe the five senses are not enough to perceive whatever the hell is going on in Area X. (hide spoiler)] And since I unfortunately don’...
  • Lyn
    Back in the 90s and early 2000s video and computer game fans were all the rave for a game called Myst. You logged in and were quietly transported to a seemingly deserted island. The POV would move around and you could find clues and then wander around some more. The artwork was impressive and slowly, tediously learning the backstory was the real fun.I remember sitting down in front of the screen and thinking … “Ok, now what? What’s going on...
  • 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 Ja...
  • Ɗẳɳ 2.☊
    I don’t know why I was feeling so generous when I initially slapped a two-star rating on this book. Perhaps I was still riding the high of Paradise Sky, or perhaps I was willing to ignore some of my annoyance due to the brevity of the story. But whatever the case may be, it’s time to rectify that error because, overall, this was a pretty awful reading experience. Annihilation recounts the twelfth expedition into the mysterious Area X—an eco...
  • Melki
    The first thing I noticed on the staging level before we reached the wider staircase that spiraled down, before we encountered again the words written on the wall...the tower was breathing. The tower breathed, and the walls when I went to touch them carried the echo of a heartbeat...and they were not made of stone but of living tissue.Four scientists embark on an expedition to Area X. From the beginning, they view each other with suspicion and do...
  • 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 ...
  • Hannah
    Oh I liked this so.I had this book on my TBR for what feels like forever and I am so glad I finally read it. Jeff VanderMeer has a brilliant imagination and the world he creates feels utterly original, startlingly so, but still grounded in something like believability.There is not all that much to the plot: four women embarque on an expedition into Area X; they are the 12th expedition of this kind and all the ones that came before ended somewhat ...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    A group of female scientists and professionals are sent to explore a region that is not like the world they know. Annihilation is a hypnotic science fiction/thriller that weaves its spell slowly. Then, all at once, it has your complete attention and you find yourself hanging on every word. I loved it.Isolation from the modern world and technology places this tale in an anachronistic bubble: "One rule for an expedition into Area X was that we were...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: “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 . . . ...
  • Joe Valdez
    The next stop in my end-of-the-world reading marathon was Annihilation, the first entry in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy. While the novel doesn't introduce a doomsday scenario or send the population of a major city fleeing in terror, an apocalyptic vibe permeates the story, which is elliptical, imaginative, removed, occasionally creepy and mostly lifeless.The heavily concept oriented novel deals with an expedition into Area X, an ecolo...
  • Barry Pierce
    Annihilation is a sci-fi novel that follows a team of four women as they explore a mysterious region known as Area X. A shady company called Southern Reach is sending teams of biologists, anthropologists, linguists, architects and others into Area X to try to discover just what it is and why it has become so inhospitable. Thus far, being one of these team members has a 100% mortality rate. Just what is Area X and what is killing everyone?This nov...
  • Katie
    Jarringly beautiful and horrifying. Easily my favorite book so far this year.