by Jeff Vandermeer
Editor: Farrar Straus Giroux
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BIENTÔT A film from the South of The Scope of the Trilogy begins with this award-winning Nebula novel that “reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had distorted by a real Kafkaesque nightmare world” (Kim Stanley Robinson)Zone X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades.Nature has taken over the last vestiges of human civilizationThe first expedition returned, with reports of nature, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of shots fired that its members turned out to be one on top of the other.The members of the Eleventh Expedition returned like shadows of their old self, and within a few weeks everything had died of cancer.In Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer’s first volume from the South of the Scope of the Trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.The group is composed of four women: an anthropologist; a land surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist.Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their environment and each other and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Domaine de X itself.They manage to expect the unexpected, and from Zone X offers–they discover a huge topographic anomaly and the life forms that go beyond comprehension–but it’s the surprise that came across the border with them and the secrets of the expedition members are to keep each other that change everything.
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