I had an early ARC of this book but kept putting off starting it. The blurb intrigued me (which was the reason I asked for an ARC) but just didn’t have the impetus to actually start it. Part of it was dystopian/end of the world fatigue and the other part was there have been so many damn good books this year that it is too easy to miss books or let good ones stagnate in your ‘to be read’ pile.
Annihilation is also the first book in a serial, The Southern Reach Trilogy. So now that the third book has been released (all three were published this year) I finally got the push to start it. And immediately regretted not reading it sooner. Part early Michael Crichton (the good stuff) and part original Alien movie (and part something else but I can’t say because SPOILER!!), I was instantly hooked.
Jeff VanderMeer has written an intriguing science fiction story set in the not-to-distant future. A wide area of land has been cordoned off from the world for thirty years after some kind of environmental catastrophe. Attempts to investigate the area have all been met with disaster. Four scientists; a biologist, a surveyor, an anthropologist and a psychologist; must journey into this possibly dangerous unknown as part of the twelfth expedition. As they conduct their investigation a wicked sense of foreboding slowly builds with a not quite present horror. Nothing is as it seems as the scientists are slowly influenced by the environment around them but also from within. All of which, of course, makes for addictive reading.
I may have been late to this series but I also have the benefit of not having to wait for book two which I am going to dive straight into.
Classification: Science fiction
Format: Paperback (216mm x 135mm x mm)
Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 4-Feb-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom