Annihilation

annihilation cover imageAnnihilation

by Jeff Vandermeer
Science Fiction
FSG Originals
Paperback, 208 pages
$13.00

Speaking of steampunk, we have recently read and enjoyed Annihilation, the initial volume of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. Four scientists are seeking to discover the nature of a creeping dystopia which is spreading from the borders of the so-called “Area X." They are only the latest expedition to undertake this task. The earlier expeditions fell victim to a variety of horrors ranging from suicide and homicide to deprogramming and madness. The characters are a little thin, but that’s not really the point. The story holds its own.