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Winner of the 2015 Nebula Award.

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died 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 months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their 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 and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—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.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:195 pages

    Annihilation Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Feb 25, 2014

    ”...but whether it decays under the earth or above on green fields, or out to sea or in the very air, all shall come to revelation, and to revel, in the knowledge of the strangling fruit and the han...

  • Alejandro
    May 09, 2014

    I am sure that it will shock to many readers my low rating of this popular novel, but sadly I think that it's the best way to express my own personal reading experience with the book. And I prefer to ...

  • Maggie Stiefvater
    Sep 21, 2014

    FINE, FINE, FINE, I'm buying book 2....

  • Patrick
    Dec 30, 2015

    Really good books. Very different. Very atmospheric and different than anything else I've ever read.I read part of this trilogy off the page and listened to some of it on audiobook. And looking back, ...

  • Eve
    Feb 03, 2014

    Really a waste of time. The book seems to be going for the eerie "each man is every man" type of feeling that you got from Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," in which none of the characters have names. Her...

  • Dan Schwent
    Feb 06, 2014

    Four women, the twelfth such expedition, enter the mysterious Area X to observe and collect samples. Will the calamities that have befallen previous expeditions befall them as well?I'd read four Jeff ...

  • Brendon Schrodinger
    Feb 25, 2014

    Well it seems like Annihilation has divided the SF community into two, lovers and 'meh'ers. I'm pretty sure I'm one of the latter. I have been trying to think why a novel with a blurb that instantly s...

  • Carmen
    Apr 08, 2014

    I am convinced now that I and the rest of the expedition were given access to these records for the simple reason that, for certain kinds of classified information, it did not matter what we knew or d...

  • Richard Derus
    Oct 14, 2015

    Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned wi...

  • Will M.
    May 14, 2014

    Curiosity could be a powerful distraction When the 12th expedition planned on further investigating the mysterious Area X, things started to get weird again. The team was comprised of a biologist, ...

About Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer's new novel is Borne, set for publication in late April of 2017. His most recent fiction is the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), all released in 2014. The series won the Shirley Jackson Award and the Nebula Award, was shortlisted for several others, and has been acquired by publishers in 32 other countries. Paramount Pictures/Scott R