Annihilation

(The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1)

Paperback, 208 pages

English language

Published April 17, 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

ISBN:
9780374104092

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4 stars (26 reviews)

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 …

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5 stars

1) "Our mission was simple: to continue the government's investigation into the mysteries of Area X, slowly working our way out from base camp.The expedition could last days, months, or even years, depending on various stimuli and conditions. We had supplies with us for six months, and another two years' worth of supplies had already been stored at the base camp. We had also been assured that it was safe to live off the land if necessary. All of our foodstuffs were smoked or canned or in packets. Our most outlandish equipment consisted of a measuring device that had been issued to each of us, which hung from a strap on our belts: a small rectangle of black metal with a glass-covered hole in the middle. If the hole glowed red, we had thirty minutes to remove ourselves to 'a safe place.' We were not told what the device measured …

Review of 'Annihilation' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

В который раз сталкиваюсь с удивительным эффектом: книга, легшая в основу фильма, будучи прочитанной после просмотра, воспринимается в лучшем случае как школьное сочинение по мотивам собственно фильма.Предвзятость восприятия, возможно, но если пытаться судить о качествах книги объективно, то картина не становится приятней - стиль изложения вызывает сомнения в том, родной ли английский язык для автора (я посмотрел, кратко: да, но с некоторыми оговорками), декорации будничны (Зона имени Аркадия а также Бориса, сценарий 235/Б), происходит ничего.
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