BOOK THOUGHTS: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

This is such an incredible, creepy, scary read, that really blew me away. I loved the book, but do wish I didn’t have the movie tie-in book cover version, haha. I enjoyed the movie a lot (enough to want to pick up the book!) but I do feel like I loved the book even more.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – BLURB:

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world 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 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 another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—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.

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

BOOK REVIEW: Annihilation

I read Annihilation recently! I really loved it. ♥️

It’s such a small book but really packs a punch, and for me, I felt like it was just the absolute best kind of horror! Like the scary thing is too big and frightening to even comprehend, so you just slide you attention away and hyper focus on more normal things so you can pretend things are OK. I found the last half of this book super frightening, but not in a jump scare way, more under your skin creeping dread.

Interesting though… to me, this book reads as a horror, but I talked to someone else who read it and they didn’t interpret it as horror at all, but rather a weird scifi story. I find it so interesting that everyone always brings their own experiences and baggage to every story they read, and therefore their experience reading it is always going to be so personal!

i kind of like that, though. We all like different stories and connect with different themes and interpret stories in different personal ways.

Anyway, we both agreed this book is excellent! 😻


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