Happy Monday, Savvy Readers! One of the most anticipated movies of 2018 opened in box offices this weekend: Annihilation. Directed by Ex Machina’s Alex Garland, the movie is adapted from Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. But of course, if you’re a true Savvy Reader, you’ll already know that you should read the book first.
The first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation follows four women as they set off on a secret expedition to map the terrain and collect specimens in an unexplainable territory known as Area X. Jeff VanderMeer is the King of weird literature, and Annihilation is filled with all sorts of strange.
The story is narrated by the unnamed biologist on the expedition. There have been eleven previous expeditions, but nobody has returned…except the biologist’s husband, who returns in the middle of the night with no memory.
Along with an anthropologist, surveyor, and psychologist, the team must dive head first into the unknown to record their observations, find answers, and avoid succumbing to the unpredictable effects of the land.
At just over 200 pages, this book can be finished in one sitting, because you’ll be clamoring to know what happens. There is so much suspense, intrigue and dread in these pages, and I guarantee it’s the most unique book you’ve read in a long time.
Even if you’re not a sci-fi reader, you will love the incredible writing and strangeness of this book.