Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1) by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)

Winner of the 2015 Nebula Award.Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their...

Details Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)

TitleAnnihilation (Southern Reach, #1)
Release DateFeb 4th, 2014
PublisherFSG Originals
Number of pages195 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Fantasy

Reviews Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1)

  • Xander Stronach
    Current leader of the pack in "most frustrating book of 2014".VanderMeer creates a fascinating, grotesque, brilliantly detailed world and then spends the entire book focused on the incessant navel-gazing of the most boring person in it: "The Biologist", so aggressively dull that she never even gets a name. She's not underdeveloped: far from it. In fact, we spend half the fucking book learning everything about her life and what has brought her to ...
  • 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 expedition...
  • 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...
  • Maggie Stiefvater
    FINE, FINE, FINE, I'm buying book 2.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of...
  • 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 ...
  • Carol.
    "The effect of this cannot be understood without being there. The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you." So is it with Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. Summaries do not do this book justice. Its story colonized me. It was not an invasion; it did not attack my brain, insistent that I continue reading. I was not forced by fear to discover i...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 . . . ...
  • Brad
    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...
  • Katie
    Jarringly beautiful and horrifying. Easily my favorite book so far this year.
  • 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...
  • Mara
    Feed Area X but do not antagonize it, and perhaps someone will, through luck or mere repetition, hit upon some explanation, some solution, before the world becomes Area X.This is the story of the 12th expedition to Area X- a name which brings to mind some sort of secret government lab in the desert but which, in this story, seems more akin to Amazonian jungle ruins, or the wilderness from a Miyazaki film.Princess Mononoke came to mind early on in...
  • Melissa
    Oh my god, what is going on here? Never have I been so freaked out by a book where so much vague, unsettling stuff happens; I can't even tell you why I was so spooked while I was reading this. This reminded me a lot of both House of Leaves and The Ruins but it's not really like either of those books, except there was a lot going on in HoL that scared me without me really being able to articulate why. I'm really, really glad that I stopped reading...
  • Matt
    If Annihilation is any indication, 2014 will be a good year for fiction.Written by Jeff Vandermeer, promoter of the new weird (see also: Jagannath), Annihilation is a tour de force, a slow burn of wonder and dread the culmination of which leaves the reader demanding more. Happily, Annihilation is the first entry in The Southern Reach Trilogy; Authority will be published in June, and Acceptance in September. (Fun fact: Whilst Googling, I discovere...
  • Joseph
    Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) by Jeff VanderMeer is one of the books the cool kids already beat me to. It has received mostly good ratings with one exception from those in my circle. The reviews and some prodding brought me to this book. This is one of those books where the reader is dropped right into a bizarre story without much preface. To complicate the matter the characters are not much better off information wise than the reader....
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum is the first time I’ve ever read anything by Jeff VanderMeer, and I’ll admit at first I had my misgivings. I’d picked up this book because of the great things I’ve heard about it, and also because the premise sounded fascinating. However, VanderMeer is also best known for his contributions to “New Weird”, a literary genre that’s been hit or miss with me...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I've put off reviewing this for a few days because I feel like the author is out there watching me, ready to scream "Annihilation, annihilation!" if I get it wrong. Ahem.I have seen a lot of pre-press hype for this book, partly because I follow the author on Facebook. I even went to a reading in 2012 where Jeff VanderMeer read from an earlier draft, based on a dream he had with writing on the wall. I knew back then that I would need to read the b...
  • Terry Brooks
    My recommendation this month goes to Jeff Vandermeer's "Annihilation." This is a book about a doomed expedition following on the heels of other expeditions into country that has proven to be all but impenetrable and which appears to change those who go into it. The writing is first rate. At times I was reminded of Ursula LeGuin. The author has that uncanny ability to see an issue from more than one side and to make a story that has little actual ...
  • Jason
    5 StarsAnnihilation by Jeff Vandermeer is a trip to the unknown “Area X” told by the master of the new weird. Vandermeer is one of my favorite authors and Finch one of my all time favorite novels period. He writes fantasy, the new weird, where things are not always what they seem and the unusual will be the ordinary. This book is no exception to that only it is done with a light touch. Like in his Ambergis series the setting itself ‘Area X...
  • David Katzman
    Jeff Vandermeer's latest work is haunting. Annhilation is a short cross-genre horror sci-fi fantasy work that packs quite a punch. I would describe it as roughly a cross between House of Leaves, Pollen by Jeff Noon, and H.P. Lovecraft. The House of Leaves comparison arises from the way that Vandermeer manages to derive a significant creep-factor from structures. The Pollen connection arises from the way nature (is it?) has finally turned against ...
  • Katy
    Book Info: Genre: Psychological thriller (Per publisher); Lovecraftian fiction (per me)Reading Level: AdultRecommended for: Fans of Lovecraftian stories, surreal or bizarro fictionBook Available: February 4, 2014 in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook formatsTrigger Warnings: killing, mind control, murder, attempted murderMy Thoughts: An early reader of this book described it as, “A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft...” and who could resist that j...
  • João Carlos
    ”Aniquilação” (2014) é o primeiro livro de uma trilogia denominada Área X do escritor norte-americano Jeff VanderMeer (n. 1968)Jeff VanderMeer (n. 1968)”Aniquilação” começa com mais uma expedição científica – a décima segunda - a um local enigmático, uma área intocada, uma zona litoral com estranhas propriedades físicas, com uma equipa composta só por mulheres: uma bióloga, a narradora, uma antropóloga, uma topógrafa e...
  • Lisa Vegan
    I read this because it was a book selected for my book club. I wasn’t too happy when I found out that it was book 1 in a trilogy. Even though I can’t say I was incredibly satisfied with its ending, I don’t feel a consuming desire to read on, though I would like to know everything about books 2 and 3. (Anyone who wants to enlighten me about books 2 & 3, please pm me or email me or post comments in spoiler tags at this review. Thank you!) Thi...