‘Annihilation’ by Jeff Vandermeer

Book Review | Rating 3/5 | Genre – Science Fiction

An area of Earth has been quaranteened after a mysterious lifeform has caused strange occurances to the plants and animals that have come in contact with it. A twelfth expedition, including; an anthropologist, a surveryor, a psychologist, and a biologist, must now explore the land and write down any strange encounters.

What did I like?

The enjoyment of reading the book most likely came from watching the film before-hand. This may have tilted my opinion of the book as I was able to understand what was happening in the book easier than if I hadn’t seen the movie. It was because of this that the science fiction background was developed well enough for me to picture the scenery of the mysterious and warped land.

Why 3/5?

Again, becuase I watched the movie I could understand what was going on. However, if I hadn’t watched the film there is a very high chance I would not have a clue what was going on. There were moments where characters simply disappeared and I had to read back a couple pages to understand what happened.

Would I recommend it?

I lean towards no. Its such a niche book that its even harder to explain to people what the book is even about. I would however suggest the movie, probably one of the rare moments where the film is definitely better than the book.

If you’d like to find out more about this book, here it is on Goodreads. Also, if you’ve already read the book let me know what you thought of it.


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