Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer review at Buzzy Mag

The good people at Buzzy Mag have published another review I wrote for them. The review is for Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy. It is a fantastic book and a fun review to write. Below is the first few paragraphs followed by a link. Check it out and feel free to share.

ne has to wonder, if the Earth will one day get sick of us dumping things into it, drilling things out of it, and just being a pest to it in general. There are a lot of ways for it to fight back: earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis to name a few. But what if it fought back a little more subtly but much faster than the greenhouse effect.

Area X has been deemed unlivable and dangerous. A border has been set up to keep something in and keep people out. Expeditions are sent in. The first reports a paradise untouched by human hands. The second ends in a mass suicide. Further expeditions lead to various terrible results. One thing is clear, something changes you when you go in and what it makes you is dangerous. After months of conditioning and training, the twelfth expedition goes in: all female this time and no names are given. Our protagonist, the biologist, becomes fixated on a tower that is buried in the earth and not on any map. She finds a way to step outside the trappings of Area X and starts to realize that all expeditions are not what they appear and are doomed from the start. The group that sent them in lied to them, but that may not be the only lie. Their entire lives may not have happened until they crossed the border into Area X.

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