Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer
The highly anticipated third volume of the haunting, disturbing and evocative Southern Reach trilogy. It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border, on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown - navigating new terrain and new challenges - the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting. In this last instalment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound - or terrifying.
Praise for the SOUTHERN REACH TRILOGY: 'I'm loving the Southern Reach Trilogy ... Creepy and fascinating' Stephen King 'A teeming science fiction that draws on Conrad and Lovecraft alike ... The writing itself has a clarity that makes the abundancy of the setting more powerful. "Annihilation" shows signs of being the novel that will allow VanderMeer to break through to a new and larger audience' Sunday Telegraph 'A lasting monument to the uncanny ... you find yourself afraid to turn the page ... We are less than 200 pages in to the Southern Reach Trilogy ... and already home is a distant memory, and an unreliable one, too: for who's to say that home was not always X at heart?' Simon Ings, Guardian 'VanderMeer's novel is a psycho-geographical tour de force, channelling Ballard and Lovecraft to instil the reader with a deep, delicious unease' Financial Times 'What a haunting book this is, lodging deep in the memory in similar fashion to otherworldly classics such as David Lindsay's "A Voyage To Arcturus" ... "Annihilation" is so disquietingly strange as to defy summarisation. Read it' Daily Mail '"Annihilation" is a weird and wonderful novel. And the hardback edition is as beautiful as the prose between the covers.' Metro 'A tautly told, self-contained story, informed and illuminated by the flawed and very human voice of its narrator' Arc 'Immersive, insightful and often deeply bloody creepy, this is a startlingly good novel. If the sequels live up to it, then the Southern Reach series will be a major work' ***** SFX Magazine 'A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unravelling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot of Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and claustrophobic dread that lingers long afterwards. I loved it' Lauren Beukes 'Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent' Warren Ellis
Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America's American Fantastic Tales and in multiple year's-best anthologies. He writes non-fiction for the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.