Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (2014)
Area X was once a place of human civilization, but nature has since taken over. Four female scientists embark on an expedition (the twelfth such expedition) to learn more about the strange place that has been cut off from the rest of the world.
Annihilation is the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy.
Ugh, this book was really weird. I thought for sure I’d like it, so I bought the whole trilogy before I read the first book. Now I’m not sure if I should continue reading it (I heard the second book was very different from the first) or if I should just leave it alone and move onto something else.
The book didn’t explain any of the bizarre things happened, any of the history of Area X, or any of the rules about the expeditions. I get that it’s a mystery and only the first book of a trilogy, but I found it really hard to enjoy the book when I had no idea what I was reading.
At least it was short.
You might like this book if you are interested in…
- Weird science-fiction
- Female scientists
- Arguing about whether to call a building a “tower” or a “tunnel”
- Creepy mysterious environments
- Dolphins with human-like eyes