Saturday, April 26
Book Review: Annihilation
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Pages: EBook 140
Summary: Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization, and the government is involved in sending secret missions to explore Area X. 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.
Annihilation opens with the twelfth expedition. The group is composed of four women, including our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all of their observations, scientific and otherwise; and, above all, to avoid succumbing to the unpredictable effects of Area X itself.
What they discover shocks them: first, a massive topographic anomaly that does not appear on any map; and second, life forms beyond anything they’re equipped to understand. But it’s the surprises that came across the border with them that change everything-the secrets of the expedition members themselves, including our narrator. What do they really know about Area X-and each other?
My Rating: 8.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: From start to finish, this was an intriguing story, not much is known about the characters, including their names or their identities. The story divulges very little about them, although you do get to know the narrator a little bit more. But I was pulled in, despite the fact little information was given, about anything. Things are hinted at, and I think what was hinted at, will turn out to be some fantastic plot ploys in the second book in the series. The entire book has you on edge, as I found it hard to figure out what would happen, what if anything would be revealed and how it would end.
The ending was awesome. It was haunting and leaves you hanging, but it works for the story and how it was told. I don't think it could have ended differently, there was a lot not said and that was a bit of a disappointment not having learned much about what is happening in this world, but it was also mysterious and fun to read. My main with the book, is also what I liked about it, and that was lack of information. I liked and disliked the amount given to the reader by the end.
Overall an excellent start to what looks like a very intriguing series.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was a very engaging read, it's a quick read, but a great choice for fantasy/dystopian readers.
What to read next: Authority, the next book in the series. Also Atwood's Positron series.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge