Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
The first book in VanderMeer's exciting new Southern Reach Trilogy--soon to be a major motion picture from Paramount Pictures.
The Southern Reach trilogy opens in Area X, which has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization and the government is involved in sending secret missions to explore Area X. 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.
Annihiliation opens with 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, whose husband was part of...