Book Review: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

“That's how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.” -- Annihilation, page 108 (Warning: some of this review may contain spoilers for the Southern Reach trilogy!) Annihilation follows an all-female expedition into the strange, unexplainable environment on a forgotten part of the American coastline. The team – compromising of a surveyor, an anthropologist, a psychologist (the leader) and a biologist (our protagonist), all of whom have been stripped of their names – try to document and understand the warped landscape. In doing so, they discover impossible, terrible things: animals with human eyes, a haunting cry through the reeds

We acknowledge the past, present and emerging traditional owners of the land on which we live and work, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar nation and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

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