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Annihilation

By (author) Jeff Vandermeer

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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; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third expedition 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 weeks, all had died of cancer. In "Annihilation," the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition. The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one anotioner, and, above all, 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.

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  • Paperback | 195 pages
  • 129.54 x 190.5 x 25.4mm | 158.76g
  • 04 Feb 2014
  • Farrar Straus Giroux
  • New York
  • English
  • 0374104093
  • 9780374104092
  • 4,254

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Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America's "American Fantastic Tales" and in multiple year's-best anthologies. He writes nonfiction for "The Washington Post," "The New York Times Book Review," the "Los Angeles Times," and "The Guardian," " "among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

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"A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it." --Lauren Beukes, author of "The Shining Girls"

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