Talkin’ ’bout my annihilation

Oh, not really. I’m talking about Jeff VanderMeer’s book Annihilation. It is the first in the Area X trilogy. I devoured all three over the summer. Sci-fi or dystopian or a healthy dose of both? I’m sure there is a wide range of opinions about that along with some vociferous arguments. I have to admit that as much as I loved it, I didn’t really understand it 🐽 A second reading may therefore be in order. At any rate, somebody is making a moooooovie. This is one moooooovie I may have to actually watch. Here’s a trailer if you dare. But I will watch it at home. I can’t sit still long enough to watch a movie in a theatre.

The funny thing is that I didn’t realize that Annihilation was a best-seller. I first encountered it like maybe xmas 2015 (?) when Mouse was carrying the book around at our house. I thought it was an interesting title. Mouse didn’t think it would be my type of book. I’m not sure why she would think anything different. I read a lot of books to the beach urchins when they were children but certainly none of them were anything like Annihilation.

I was busy and I didn’t pursue Annihilation at the time. And then. Dun dun dun. I was driving solo to Hoton Lake last spring and Science Friday was on and they were interviewing none other than Jeff VanderMeer about his book Borne and that book sounded right up my alley so I downloaded it pretty much as soon as I got to our Hoton Lake cabin wifi. I figured out pretty quickly that he had also written the Area X trilogy and after diverging into some different fare for a bit, I downloaded that.

I *think* that Area X is (geographically) Florida but I am not sure. I was confused about a “rocky island” mentioned in the book. I CERTAINLY do NOT have anything close to a comprehensive knowledge of Florida geology (or even geography) but rocky islands do not seem to fit. Sand, sand, sand. But read the book anyway!

One Response to “Talkin’ ’bout my annihilation”

  1. Margaret Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation! We just read and loved a quirky book in Book Club called the One in a Million Boy. I don’t know if you would like it, but we all enjoyed it and it was a great discussion.