Annihilation (Southern Reach #1)
Author ~ Jeff Vandermeer
In the upcoming weeks and months you are going to start reading and hearing more about Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer because it has been turned into a movie, starting Natalie Portman. I actually had no idea that it was turning into a movie. I found out about this book from a friend and it sounded interesting when I read the synopsis. It was only when I was about half-way through the book that the teaser trailer for Annihilation dropped.
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world by a gigantic invisible barrier. Inside Area X is a vast wilderness of pristine condition.
Since the time Area X was cut off from the rest of civilization, expeditions have been sent to explore the area. They have not gone well. Mass suicide, attacks from strange creatures, gunfire as members turned on one another, some explorers returning as shells of their former selves, riddled with cancer.
Four women, with no names, only referring to themselves as their job descriptions; anthropologist; surveyor; psychologist; biologist, make up the twelfth expedition.
The secrets they uncover will change them and everything they know.
For the most part, I found Annihilation an interesting yet boring read. Nothing happens, yet a lot happens, just very slowly and only to past characters not really in this story. The narrator of the story is "The Biologist", and she spends a lot of her time in her head, thinking. Thinking about her past, thinking about her trip to Area X, thinking about what's happening there...always thinking.
This is one of those books that make you ask a whole bunch of questions about who, what, where, when, why, but it never actually answer's anything. I have a feeling that this might be one of those few times where the movie will be better than the book (my most favourite example of this is Forrest Gump. The movie was WAY better than the book).
I'm interested in watching the movie when it does come out and compare the two of them to each other. I have no plans on reading the two follow-up books to this series, maybe they would answer the questions that Annihilation made me ask, but I'm not driven to find out those answeres, at least, not at this time.