The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1

eBook - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
If J.J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel . . . it might be this awesomeArea 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; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died 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 months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. This is the twelfth expedition. Their 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 and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid...
Publisher: 2014
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : FSG Originals, 2014. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 525 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB) or OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780374710774


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jan 02, 2018

Lyrical and strange and wonderful. I loved the unreliability of the narrator, the mystery of Area X, and the sense of horror as more and more was uncovered. Can't wait to continue with the series and see the movie.

Dec 13, 2017

Whatever the author was trying for doesn't even come close to working. Neither interesting or enjoyable.

AL_TARINA Nov 13, 2017

The surprising winner of the 2015 Nebula Award. A nearly pointless read that tries very hard to be the science fiction version of "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. It was also quite clear the author was trying to channel Arthur C. Clarke; unfortunately what worked for Clarke and McCarthy does not work here and the author comes off as unable, or perhaps unwilling, to give any definitive, believable statements. If you're more into atmospheric stories that refuse to tie up loose ends you may enjoy this book, however if you're looking for solid plot progression, explanations, and answers I would suggest steering clear of this book.

SCL_Justin Oct 23, 2017

This is the story of a scientific expedition, where the scientists have no names because they'll all be dead soon enough anyway. It was a creepy story of the psychology of people who are better off alone, the observers of nature, and how they are manipulated. It was deeply creepy and compelling, reminding me of Stanislaw Lem's Solaris or Peter Watts' Starfish

Highly recommended, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Frustratingly ambiguous, yet addictive. It made me uncomfortable in all the right ways.

Cynthia_N Sep 20, 2017

I picked this up because I read it is going to be made into a movie. Very weird book (is it a tower or a tunnel?) and I can't wait to see what the movie is like! Current release date is February 2018.

Aug 24, 2017

This first book was freaky. And also makes me afraid of spores. SPORES. Not sure I am ready for book 2 yet...

Aug 19, 2017

This is amazing, I read it in one day. Perfect sci-fi and horror. A lone person exploring strangeness.

Jun 19, 2017

This book got me from page 1, a great mix of mystery, sci-fi and horror.
The story is told in pieces, giving you a detail here and there, keeping you engaged, wanting to know more. Last weekend I told my family "sorry, no TV time for me, I need to keep reading Annihilation".
The author balances hinting you about things and events, giving you just enough to keep you interested without giving you enough to guess or to go into conclusions. You may think you figured it out, "this is happening", nope, you don't, keep reading!
The author uses a great vocabulary to describe situations, people, events. It adds to the sense that he is not describing a normal place or common events.

Miranda_Ericsson May 28, 2017

If you've ever thought, even for a fleeting moment, that humans have only temporarily carved out a place on ancient Earth, or that in some ways it might be better if our power declined, this book might appeal to you. If you hate books that raise a lot of questions without answering them, this book might frustrate you. Lush imagery and lingering mystery are a couple of the reasons​ that this book is one of my favorite recent reads.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

strangegazelle Jul 07, 2017

strangegazelle thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Jun 19, 2017

VladTheGreen thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Feb 24, 2017

blairl thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Jun 23, 2015

red_cobra_341 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings


Find it at Skokie Public Library

To Top