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Annihilation

(2014)
(The first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Nebula Awards Best Novel
The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel that "reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world" (Kim Stanley Robinson).

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition 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 weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"It's been a long time since a book filled me with this kind of palpable, wondrous disquiet, a feeling that started on the first page and that I'm not sure I've yet shaken." - Matt Bell

"A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it." - Lauren Beukes

"Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent." - Warren Ellis

"The great thing about 'Annihilation' is the strange, elusive, and paranoid world that it creates . . . I can't wait for the next one." - Brian Evenson

"A dazzling book . . . haunted and haunting." - Kelly Link

"This swift surreal suspense novel reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world. The reader will want to stay trapped with the Biologist to find the answers to Area X's mysteries." - Kim Stanley Robinson

"In much of Jeff VanderMeer's work, a kind of radiance lies beating beneath the surface of the words. Here in Annihilation, it shines through with warm blazing incandescence. This is one of a grand writer's finest and most dazzling books." - Peter Straub

"One of those books where it all comes together--the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. 'Annihilation' is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth." - Charles Yu


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Used availability for Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation

Hardback Editions

February 2014 : UK Hardback
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Title: Annihilation: The thrilling book behind the most anticipated film of 2018 (Southern Reach Trilogy 1)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 0-00-755071-5 / 978-0-00-755071-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Paperback Editions

February 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: ANNIHILATION (Southern Reach Trilogy 1)
Author(s): VanderMeer
ISBN: 0-00-826334-5 / 978-0-00-826334-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2018 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Annihilation Movie Tie-in
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 1-4434-5378-1 / 978-1-4434-5378-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Annihilation: A Novel: Movie Tie-In Edition (The Southern Reach Trilogy (1))
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 0-374-53715-1 / 978-0-374-53715-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: MCD x FSG Originals
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July 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Annihilation: The thrilling book behind the most anticipated film of 2018 (Southern Reach Trilogy 1)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 0-00-813910-5 / 978-0-00-813910-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2014 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Annihilation
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 1-4434-2839-6 / 978-1-4434-2839-2 (Canada edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy (1))
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 0-374-10409-3 / 978-0-374-10409-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: FSG Originals
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January 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Annihilation: The thrilling book behind the most anticipated film of 2018 (Southern Reach Trilogy)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 0-00-755069-3 / 978-0-00-755069-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Audio Editions

April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Annihilation: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Annihilation: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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February 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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February 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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February 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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February 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 1-4829-5673-X / 978-1-4829-5673-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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February 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 1-4829-5675-6 / 978-1-4829-5675-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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February 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 1-4829-5674-8 / 978-1-4829-5674-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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February 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

February 2014 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: FSG Originals
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February 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Annihilation: Book One of the Southern Reach Trilogy
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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February 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Annihilation: The thrilling book behind the most anticipated film of 2018 (The Southern Reach Trilogy 1)
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU