Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1)

A biologist signs up for an expedition to discover the secrets of Area X, a mysterious place that has driven the members of 11 previous to madness, suicide, and murder.

I am really glad that all three installments of this trilogy will be released this year, because after finishing Annihilation I am itching for more and certain that Jeff VanderMeer can deliver. The mood here is sublimely creepy, with outstanding descriptive passages that bring to life Area X in all its fecund, biologically overwrought glory. By the time the climax happened, I was so fearful that it was all going to be a wash, like the awful end of Michael Crichton’s Sphere, but the way he wrapped it up was just perfect for the story he was telling.

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