Jeff vandermeers 2014 novel annihilation
Annihilation (Southern Reach, #1) by Jeff VanderMeerArea X has been cut off from the rest of the world 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 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 VanderMeers 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—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.
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So how exactly did Garland make Annihilation into a movie? Where did he take liberties in interpretation, and where did he depart from the source material entirely? Spoilers for both the book and the movie below. One of the instantly iconic images from the movie is the shiny, translucent ooze hanging in the air that marks the barrier between civilization and Area X; in the book, VanderMeer describes the border as invisible. For example, the structure and mission of the Southern Reach research team, and even what happens to the protagonist when she leaves Area X, are fleshed out in the second novel.
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When you were a child, did you ever repeat some random word until it went strange in your mouth? Do you recall it growing heavy, as if by repetition it was acquiring the power of a spell? He is newly returned from fabled Area X, unharmed, intact and utterly scraped out. Area X is an abandoned and apparently unspoilt stretch of US coastline, held under strict quarantine by a mysterious government agency called the Southern Reach. Into this place come the biologist and her colleagues: a surveyor, a linguist, and a psychologist. They are all women.