Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

This was a strange book, very atmospheric and more than a little creepy.

Our unnamed protagonist, ‘the biologist’ (none of the characters are named in the entire book) is part of an expedition to ‘area x’ where reportedly very unusual things happen. The other expeditions that have gone before hers have rarely returned, and when they do return.. they seem different, and die shortly after.

I was expecting sci fi, but this is actually set in modern day. There is no future technology, and it is set on Earth.

The story is full of paranoia, uncertainty as to what is real, and internal struggles. The character is really solid and I identified with her a lot.

This is a very quick, enjoyable read. Some of the weirdness of it reminded me of Lost, and as it was with Lost, you’ll enjoy it a lot more if you don’t expect it to make complete sense in the end.

I’d recommend this to sci fi fans as well as psychological horror fans. Very good and I am looking forward to the next in the series, out in May.

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