Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer | Book Review

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Rating: 5/5

'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'


Oh, where to start?!

I really enjoyed this book. Having been thoroughly interested in science for a long time, I really enjoyed the point of view that the narrator takes within this book.
I am a massive fan of sci-fi literature and films; I basically grew up on The Matrix and the Lord Of The Rings tribology (extended edition, of course), and as I have gotten older, I have been really interested in different kinds of sci-fi. In my teens, it was all about dystopia, which has seemed to have died down a bit now. Although you could class this as a dystopia, I would class it more as 'weird science'? If that is even a thing?

The book leaves many questions unanswered, and as it is a trilogy, I'm looking forward to (hopefully) having these answered in the incoming books. The narrator is only referred to as the biologist, we do not know her name or any other the other scientists on the expedition with her into Area X. I read this book in just under 24 hours, so it's safe to say that I am hooked. I had to cover the bottoms of the page to stop myself from reading ahead with anticipation and excitement from what I might read next.

As said before, this book leaves many questions unanswered, and doesn't really explain what is happening most of the time. As this is written as a journal log of the narrator, the biologist, she even admits not telling the reader everything and holds back information from us; so we are clear to suggested that this is a very bias account of what happened to her and her experiences within Area X, and there are obviously still many secrets that Area X holds and the reader is yet to find out about. All I'm hoping for is that all of our questions will be answered in the subsequent books.

Another thing I really enjoyed reading, is that this book could also be classed as a horror. The 'monster/s' within this book changes as the biologist progresses, and, without being too spoiler heavy, the 'monster' is described in very scientific terms with clear and rational thinking by the narrator, which is similar to how I think, so I found that quite interesting to read.

Overall, I really, really, really enjoyed this book. It's intelligent, thought provoking and gripping; everything I love in a great book. It's also being made into a film which is being released late February 2018! 

If you've read the book, let me know what you thought in the comments below!

Love,  K :)

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