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Annihilation - The Southern Reach Trilogy (Hardback)
  • Annihilation - The Southern Reach Trilogy (Hardback)

Annihilation - The Southern Reach Trilogy (Hardback)

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If J.J. Abrams and Margaret Atwood collaborated on a novel, it might look something like 'Annihilation', the first in an extraordinary trilogy. For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border- an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences. 'Annihilation' is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach's understanding of Area X. But they soon find out that they are being manipulated by forces both strange and all too familiar. An unmapped tunnel is not as it first appears. An inexplicable moaning calls in the distance at dusk. And while each member of the expedition has surrendered to the authority of the Southern Reach, the power of Area X is far more difficult to resist. 'Annihilation' is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, which will be published throughout 2014: volume two ('Authority') in May, and volume three ('Acceptance') in September 2014.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007550715

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"By the time we were ready to cross the border, we knew everything...and we knew nothing."

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I had heard very good things about this book before I read it, and they were right.
This book is extremely good at world building, and detailing the weird surroundings of Area X. This book contains so many mysteries,... More

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18th April 2014
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“Perfectly pitched Lovecraftian horror”

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