“Silence creates its own violence.”
― Jeff VanderMeer,
‘Annihilation’ was a book I saw everywhere. In magazines, on a ridiculous amout of displays at bookstores, and all over social media. I resisted for as long as I could, but the good reviews just kept rolling in, and, frankly, I loves me a good scifi novel.
The book is told through the journal entries of a biologist who has volunteered to join an expedition into “Area-x.” Simply known as the Biologist, her entries recount the strange occurrences that have happened, and are happening in the mysterious territory of Area-x.
What we do know is that the biologist’s husband went on the same expedition a year before, and died shortly after his unexpected arrival home. But that’s only one of the reasons the biologist volunteered.
As the story goes along, we learn she is rather socially inept, and drawn into the world of living organisms as if that is where she truly belongs. Almost as if she is a part of the environment. Area-x is like an explosion of life form that calls to her desperately. Everything seems to somehow change into part of the unique ecosystem that surrounds her.
Tensions run high when one of the team members is found dead hours after exploration. To top it off, the one member of the team who is suppose to keep everyone in one piece, the psychologist, has her own agenda in mind. The biologist must try to survive, as well as quell the urgent need to continue researching the landscape and its inhabitants.
How is the environment controlled? Who will make it out alive? What is happening in Area-x?
This book definitely gave me a creepy feeling like that of the first ‘Alien’ movie sort of mixed with the first ‘Predator’ movie. Not ‘Alien vs. Predator’, in case you were wondering. I really liked the shadowy feeling of being watched and having no idea by who, or what. You’ll never look at nature the same way.