Annihilation

Annihilation

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If J. J. Abrams,Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel … it might be thisawesome.Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent fordecades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. Thefirst expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all themembers of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition diedin a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of theeleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and withinmonths of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.This is the twelfth expedition.Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, asurveyor, a psychologist-the de facto leader-and a biologist, who is our narrator.Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all theirobservations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of oneanother; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area Xdelivers-they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms thatsurpass understanding-but it's the surprises that came across the border withthem and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another thatchange everything.

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If J. J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel … it might be this awesome.

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 former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist—the de facto leader—and a biologist, who is our narrator. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life-forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.



Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
ISBN: 9781482956702
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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IndyPL_SteveB Jan 09, 2019

Creepy and compelling short SF novel, first of a series. If the movie *Alien* could be described as a “haunted house in space”, perhaps this book could be described as an “ecological haunted house” story.

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IndyPL_SteveB Jan 09, 2019

Creepy and compelling short SF novel, first of a series. If the movie *Alien* could be described as a “haunted house in space”, perhaps this book could be described as an “ecological haunted house” story.

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the Earth for decades. Eventually the government (we are not told *which* government) found an entryway, so they sent an expedition to explore it. Then more expeditions. Disasters occurred: sometimes no one came back; sometimes the expedition members killed each other; sometimes they came back but strangely blank or dying. The 12th expedition is composed of only four women – a biologist (our focal character), an anthropologist, a surveyor, and a psychologist. On the first day in base camp they discover an odd tunnel, which the biologist insists should be called a tower. As bad decisions are made and the biologist gets deeper into Area X, the reader is filled with dread.

Very well written but not a good book to be read late at night.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 27, 2018

I was glad to listen to it before watching the movie. Enjoyable narration although for those of you who have seen the movie- it's not narrated by Natalie Portman!

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stephaniedchase
Mar 20, 2015

I think ANNIHILATION benefits from being listened to: the quiet, almost emotionless tone of the book is eerie and striking in its delivery by narrator Carolyn McCormick, as if you are listening to the biologist tell her own tale in a trance, dumbstruck by what she has learned and experienced. I was transfixed.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 27, 2018

“Perhaps my only real expertise, my only talent, is to endure beyond the endurable.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 27, 2018

“I leaned in closer, like a fool, like someone who had not had months of survival training or ever studied biology. Someone tricked into thinking that words should be read.”

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