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Annihilation Book Review

Annihilation Book Review

This text may contain possible SPOILERS


Synopsis: 'Annihilation' is a 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer. It is the first in a series of three books called the Southern Command Trilogy. The book describes a team of four women (a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist and an inspector) who have settled in an area known as Area X. The area is abandoned and isolated from the rest of civilization. They are the 12th expedition to enter Area X. The other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancer and mental trauma. The novel won the 2015 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel. A film based on the novel, starring Natalie Portman, was released by Paramount Pictures on February 23, 2018 on Netflix.


Review: Anyone who has read 'Fight Club' won't be surprised by 'Annihilation', but for those who aren't used to it, the characters in this book don't have names, just like the narrator in 'Fight Club'. Maybe that's a problem for reading this book, I'm already used to it thanks to Chuck Palahniuk. This doesn't spoil or hinder the story of 'Annihilation', on the contrary, it gave the book an extra charm and the suspense only grew.


'Annihilation' has a very good pace, it's very Stephen King, the story narrates the moment of the expedition and goes back with some flashbacks to get to know the Biologist a little more (remembering that we don't know her name). The pace of the book is very well paced and balanced, which makes the reading very fluid and captivating.


'Annihilation' has a story with no legs and no head, it's all strange and nonsensical, maybe you don't like it, but I liked it a lot. All the fantasy that the writer adds to the story only makes it more and more interesting to follow. That's why this book won't work for everyone, the author plays with this fantasy world, it's not simple and it messes up the surreal.


Area X is a complete mystery, it's almost a character. Perhaps it's largely responsible for the fear you feel while reading, everyone who has returned from this place has died soon afterwards, it's dangerous, no one understands what happens there. The purpose of the expeditions is to understand the place, to understand why nature is so hostile to human life. The narrative knows how to involve you, you can feel the terror and the fragility of incomprehension, as well as the curiosity about the peculiarities of Area X.


I recommend reading it to those who like fantasy, but who don't mind fantasy being taken too seriously. For those who like mystery and questioning reality, 'Annihilation' also fits the bill and I recommend it. The book is very short, with only 197 pages, good layout and impeccable proofreading. A good read!


Rating: 9



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