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Annihilation
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
Eleven secret government expeditions and few have returned unscathed-the first book in VanderMeer's exciting new Southern Reach Trilogy and soon to be a major motion pictureArea X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization, and the government is involved in sending secret missions to explore Area X. 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.Annihilation opens with the twelfth expedition. The group is composed of four women, including our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all of their observations, scientific and otherwise; and, above all, to avoid succumbing to the unpredictable effects of Area X itself.What they discover shocks them: first, a massive topographic anomaly that does not appear on any map; and second, life forms beyond anything they're equipped to understand. But it's the surprises that came across the border with them that change everything-the secrets of the expedition members themselves, including our narrator. What do they really know about Area X-and each other?
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BergerInParadise
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Does anyone else put off finishing a book cause they don‘t want it to end?

batsy Yup! This one in particular. 1w
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Amandajoy
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Have you read Annihilation? This creeping plant reminded me of the Crawler in that book. Not sure why, but I managed to freak myself out about it a little bit. Then a largish spider decided to join me for lunch. Not a very calming lunch to read about meditation.

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shadowspeak17
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ju.ca.no Love these!! 1mo
britt_brooke I LOVE these covers so much!! The artist who created them makes really cool stuff. His name escapes me right now, but I think he‘s Swedish. 1mo
batsy These covers are so good! 1mo
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EmilyM
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Mehso-so

This book had a great premise but it fell flat for me by the end. I was captivated by it in the beginning, but as I continued to read I just lost interest and I had a really hard time picturing the ending, which was frustrating. I don't know that I will read the rest of the series. ⭐⭐⭐/5

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DePaepe
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I enjoyed this short book and will most likely finish the trilogy at sime point. I don't think it will be immediately. This story had a very Lovecraftian feel and definitely fits the name of its genre, "new weird". If you don't like vague descriptions and need all your questions answered this is not for you. If you enjoy pondering and wondering after a story and using your imagination to fill in details, give it a shot.

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mariaku21
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Haha my Litsy tracking is woefully behind and I'm going to be fixing that slowly but surely.

Maybe not today as I'm debating on reading or housework..and reading is looking real good right now.

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rebeccat
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer

fantastic!! could be lesbianer though

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erzascarletbookgasm
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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I read the first book of the Southern Reach Trilogy, somehow did not continue. I remember the only surviving member of the expedition found her way to a #lighthouse towards the end of the book. It tells of a team of female scientists who enter a mysterious Area X, a place that is no longer inhabited by humans. Most who enter never leave, and those on the outside want to know why. This was a quietly terrifying read, and I heard the movie is good.

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TCLinrow
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Mehso-so

#TBRChallenge #TBRCleanup

On the one hand this perplexing story is wonderful and packed with detailed imagery that brings the world to light, but on the other I'm not entirely sure I understand what happened. I want to rate it higher because I enjoyed the story, but I simply cant bring myself to do it when I had (and still have) no idea what was going on for 80% of this book! 🤪
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TCLinrow The ending seemed to sum it up nicely, but I haven't the faintest idea what it summed up! I know it wasn't supposed to be easy to follow, and I know that the concept was of something unexplained and unexplainable, but there are other books that have done this better.

Still worth reading, but not a favourite.
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Cathythoughts I‘m not sure I know what happened either ! But I know I loved it - absolutely 3mo
wanderinglynn I agree with your review. I thought there wasn‘t enough reality to grasp onto in order to put the narrator‘s POV in perspective. Was her POV even remotely accurate? Who knows? 3mo
suzisteffen Whoops, I had a bunch of spoilers in here because I couldn‘t remember which book in the trilogy this was! IN SHORT, the third book answers so many questions from books one and two, but it‘s hard to keep going and be patient (still, not enough of my questions got answered - might need to reread). 3mo
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TCLinrow
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Closing in on the 24 hour mark! Had to go back a bit on this #AudioBook because I couldn't quite remember what was happening, but I'm back in now.

It's a bit of a puzzle to me, and not in the way it wants to be. It's not giving me quite enough info to follow it with confidence, but I think I like it? Maybe? 🤨🤯

#TBRChallenge #TBRCleanup #24b4Monday

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Stephuhhnieee
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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I have the house to myself today..... The fight between getting all the chores done, uninterrupted, and reading a book or two, uninterrupted, was a good one. Fought long and hard....

Lol jk, I‘m out on the porch with my feet up in the sun and my kindle fully charged 😂 Sunday funday.

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wanderinglynn
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Panpan

The #readingrush day 4 photo challenge is current read with your pet. Dexter wasn‘t too happy about being a prop, but promises of treats & a car ride got him to cooperate. 😉

As for the book, well, I finished it. That‘s about the best I can say. The back cover has a Stephen King quote: “creepy and fascinating.” Did we read the same book? Because I thought it was rather boring and bland. Oh well. On to the next book!

Books: 6
Pages: 135/1475

OnlyYoo I also found it to be rather boring. But what I did find to be interesting was how extremely unreliable the narrator is. You can‘t assume that anything she thinks from outside of area X is real since her memory has been compromised. And then once she‘s in area X she inhaled spores making anything she says once there also unreliable. Idk I thought it was a cool thought 3mo
Geeklet I remember enjoying Annihilation but I think I enjoyed the movie more. The sequels though..whew...I rarely DNF books and I dropped the third one like a hot potato. I forced myself through the second with sheer willpower. 3mo
EKonrad Agreed! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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wanderinglynn @OnlyYoo The premise was interesting, but my problem is there‘s no reality or even a hint of what‘s real versus what‘s her. 3mo
wanderinglynn @Geeklet I didn‘t realize it was a trilogy until I went on goodreads. I won‘t be reading the next one, but I may watch the movie. 3mo
wanderinglynn @EKonrad 🙌🏻 3mo
Bookjunkie57 His little face does seem to say “hurry up!” 😂 🐶 3mo
wanderinglynn @Bookjunkie57 😂 oh yes, he‘s a bit spoiled. He did get a car ride, treats, & had lots of people pay attention to him. So he‘s happy now. 3mo
Bookjunkie57 @wanderinglynn how could you not spoil that face? 3mo
AlaMich Those ears!! 🐶❤️ 3mo
brit91 Look at that face so cute!!🐶😍 3mo
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wanderinglynn
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At the dog park getting ready to start book 6 for #readingrush & earn book/movie adaptation badge!

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mariaku21
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Still reading Annihilation but at my 10+ hours of this #24in48 readathon, I'm taking a quick break but not bad... I think

parttimedomestic You're doing great! 3mo
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Astridstars
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Sci-fi is still a relatively new and rare genre for me. These are a few of the books on my shelves I found that are SFF or close to it 😁 🤷🏻‍♀️ @24in48 #24in48

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Mynameisacolour
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Mehso-so

So the premise for this story was very cool but I'm going to have to agree with some other reviewers that this one sadly just didn't meet its potential. A group of women is hypnotized and dropped off into what is known as Area X for an exploration expedition in a slightly charted area that's been closed off from the rest of the world due to some unknown/undisclosed event leaving the area void of humans and in pristine condition. 👇

Mynameisacolour Strange things happen but are described vaguely and the climax left me feeling pretty confused and wanting answers. This is the beginning of a trilogy and since they are short I will probably read the second one in hopes of finding some clarification. Side note it has gorgeous end pages! 💚 🌟🌟🌟#BBRC #Bookswap 3mo
shanaqui Clarification there is not, just FYI! The third book... Explains *some* things, but mostly the weirdness stays weird. 3mo
Mynameisacolour Thanks for the heads up! @shanaqui 3mo
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hike.read.repeat
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Listened to the audiobook after seeing the movie last year. Maybe I‘m not a very perceptive reader, but I still feel like I have little to no idea about what‘s going on in Area X. I wish it gave just a little more away.

Bookartbookmarks No idea what‘s going on, but I loved it. Didn‘t realize there‘s a second and third. 3mo
hike.read.repeat @Bookartbookmarks yep. I started the second one today and it‘s from a different person‘s perspective than the first one. 3mo
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Mynameisacolour
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Starting this one tonight. Hope I don't need my brain for anything at work tomorrow. #saturdaynight #livingmybestlife

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cherinium
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Panpan

I liked the premise of this book, but I found the execution to be pretty bad. Dry and boring at times and just plain confusing at others. I don't see any reason to continue with the trilogy.

And just a comment about the film, which I recently watched: Did they read the same book I just did?

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La_Cori
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#colormepretty @Sweetkokoro
💚💚💚 #green is my favorite color and this is one of the prettiest cover that i have ever seen 💚💚💚
(the entire trilogy has beautiful covers!)

britt_brooke 💚💚💚 4mo
Sweetkokoro A fellow green fan!! Green my is Favorite color too 💚💚💚and this cover is just gorgeous I love it! 4mo
LiterRohde I like the design of the English language covers a lot. But this one is quite stunning. The series is pretty good too. 4mo
batsy I love this series and this cover is so gorgeous. 3mo
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Joanster5
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I thought this was pretty good. There were some creepy parts in it and it was fun to wonder what happened to the prior teams that went into Area X. I read it for the ATY challenge prompt #1-a book that was nominated for an award of my choice. #ATY2019 #aroundtheyearin52books

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ericarobynreads
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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer is an unsettling story about a group of women that are sent into “Area X.” The reason why they are there is unclear. They know that there are dangers. They know they may not survive. And yet, they enter the area with a sense of excitement and fascination, ready to see what happens next.

https://www.ericarobynreads.com/book-review-annihilation/

#scifi #horror

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Cathythoughts
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#MayMovieMagic #TheEnd always reminds me of the old movies... “ The End “.
The only one I‘ve read is the tagged book ... it was excellent 👍🏻♥️

Cinfhen Yes...I see The End in black & white 5mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I know 👍🏻😂the drama of it all. I love it 5mo
TrishB The only one I haven‘t read is the Bragg one 👍🏻 5mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB your a great reader in fairness 👍🏻♥️😘 5mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts 😘😘 5mo
batsy Annihilation.. You know how much I loved it 😁 Clever pick! 5mo
Cathythoughts @batsy I do know that !! I wouldn‘t have read only for you 👍🏻♥️😘 5mo
rohit-sawant I've talked about how much I'm looking forward to this one but it still remains unread. Hopefully this year! 5mo
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant hopefully 🤞🏻I know. We readers just need more time.... there are too many good books 😃 (edited) 5mo
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Craftylikefox
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📚Annihilation - that book tripped me out. Haven‘t seen the movie yet.
🎬 Mandy
🎼 (Don‘t Fear) The Reaper
#manicmonday a bit of a trippy vibe for me I guess
@JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing Tabitha. Hope you are feeling a bit better today 🧡🧡🧡 5mo
Craftylikefox @JoScho thank you friend 😊 5mo
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amy.wt
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I took a long hiatus from here to focus on my degree (almost finished) but for now I thought I‘d just post about a book that kept me on edge from start to finish.

It is true that this book is incredibly well written, gives enough away without ruining the plot which subsequently makes the reader think. The story is fantastic, a difference to my usual historical reads but was just so gripping!!

BookishMarginalia Yay on your degree! 5mo
amy.wt @BookishMarginalia Thank you!! 😁😁 5mo
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WitBeyndMehsure
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Okay, this might be one of my favorite reads so far this year. It was eerily unsettling, completely transporting you to this landscape. I already checked out the next book in the series. Is Environmental Horror a genre? #EnvironmentalHorror #ScienceFiction #Horror #Suspense #Pagetofilm #JeffVandermeer

WhatWouldJaneDo This series is fantastic! I've seen it categorized as "cli-fi," but I think environmental horror works too. 6mo
WitBeyndMehsure @WhatWouldJaneDo oooo now I‘m going to look into cli-fi books! 6mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @WitBeyndMehsure cli-fi is a prompt in the popsugar challenge this year; if you're on Goodreads the Ultimate Popsugar Challenge group had a thread with suggestions 😁 once you finish the Southern Reach trilogy, I also really liked this author's book Borne! 6mo
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eraderneely
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I didn‘t love this book, but I did love this quote.

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eraderneely
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Mehso-so

I had been avoiding this because I don‘t do scary, but then it was a pick for one of my book clubs and it‘s so short I thought I‘d try it.
The first 2/3 there‘s a mounting dread and suspense that was really working for me. Then things got really weird and I just wasn‘t worried for her anymore and I didn‘t care as much what was happening.
Want to read the other 2 to find out what happens, but I‘m not sure I‘ll ever get to them.

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collegecatlady
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Not only did my #botm come in the mail, but I also got a #bookhaul today! The only one I‘ve read is Annihilation. Buying it to keep! ♥️

Are any of these ones you‘ve read? Recommend them for the next book I pick up!

vivastory The Vorrh is very very strange...makes Annihilation look like a children's story 6mo
collegecatlady @vivastory That definitely makes me want to read it!! 6mo
arubabookwoman I loved Darktown! 6mo
robinb ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
Emilymdxn I loved the Vorrh! 6mo
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TheTallented
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“There are certain kinds of deaths that one should not be expected to relive, certain kinds of connections so deep that when they are broken you feel the snap of the link inside you.”

Read Annihilation this month, picked for my green book in March. Rated 3/5 stars.

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SincerelyWinona
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Pickpick

I actually really enjoyed it! ? The Litsy reviews are lukewarm, but the narration was both distant and personal. While I have no interest in thriller books, I felt like I kept wanting to guess the bigger picture, and uncover the next mystery of Area X. It spoke to self-purpose and love without directly addressing either. For others who enjoyed it I‘d suggest reading China Miéville or Chuck Palahniuk. ? for weird writing styles. (? T. Hanuka)

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carolynnrising
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It‘s so thin! Judging by the movie, I thought this was gonna be a brick. I‘m even more excited now to see how all that concept is distilled into

carolynnrising “Book 1 of Trilogy” DAMMIT 7mo
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brandybear22
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Watching annihilation, on a sci fi kick.

Wonder is this trilogy good? 🤔 putting it in the list

kgriffith Read the first one on a staff rec at Print; haven‘t watched the movie yet. (edited) 7mo
brandybear22 @kgriffith do you think you‘ll read the others? 7mo
kgriffith @brandybear22 I might if you recommended it, but I haven‘t felt compelled to yet. 7mo
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Knpatel91
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Loved it

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mellissimo
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Mehso-so

I read about 5 hours yesterday and finished Annihilation. I'm not a big fan of this book. Yes, it was creepy and this made it interesting, but it all stayed so far away. I didn't care about the characters. Everything was so unpersonal. Maybe it was supposed to be like this but for me it made reading it a bit boring. I'm curious about the Netflix movie now!

#twelveintwo
@Samplergal

Samplergal Good total so far! Sorry the book didn‘t meet expectations. I‘ve had several this year like that. 7mo
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mellissimo
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So far I read about one hour today. Not all that much but I need to get familiar with this entire concept first. It feels weird to stop the time when reading ^^' I finished 'The bell jar', but I only had a couple of pages left there. I will post a review about it later. Now I startet Annihilation. I'm really curious about this one! ^^ #twelveintwo

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SpookyBoogie
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Mehso-so

An odd book. I have no idea why anyone would think to make a movie from it. I'm going to read the next one and hopefully it's better.

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jkSep10
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
Mehso-so

I really liked the book but gave it a so-so rating because of author‘s writing style. At times it was hard to stay focused while reading. The structure seemed scattered. I think it could have had more substance/material too. I am planning on reading the other two books.

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scowler1
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I tried to read this four years ago and bailed for some reason. Better this time around, I quite enjoyed it and I'll read the others I expect. Short novel but there is a lot in there to digest.

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cobwebmoth
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I needed to get out of the house today, so we went to my favorite grocery store(it was way too peopley today), and then we popped over to a Barnes and Noble where I picked these two up. They've both been on my wishlist for a while.😊

Lauram I‘ve always wanted to visit Jungle Jim‘s. 8mo
JoScho Jungle Jim‘s looks like a fun grocery store! 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Jungle Jim is such an inreresting name for a grocery store! ❤️ 8mo
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AlaMich It looks like a Rainforest Cafe! 8mo
Cathythoughts Annihilation 👍🏻♥️♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
Schlinkles Jungle Jim‘s is one of my favorite places ever. I spend way too much money on cheese there! 8mo
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AthenaWins
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This is a more cerebral book than I'm accustomed to reading. Lots of inner dialogue and self-examination. I felt like the protagonist discovered as much about herself as she did Area X. Overall great book. Nothing at all like the movie.

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AthenaWins
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My current read and my next read. I swear I didn't do this on purpose. Lol

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Sharpeipup
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Change of scenery for #24in48 #readathon Given the name, I figured it was the perfect place for #book3

@24in48

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Sharpeipup
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Not quite a #shelfie but the best I can manage at the moment #24in48 #readathon #hour12challenge #selfie #mural @24in48

Kaye Neat picture ! 9mo
RavenLovelyReads This is all sorts of fabulous! 😍 9mo
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Sharpeipup
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Just picked up my latest #libraryhaul for #24in48 #readathon
Let the fun begin! @24in48

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AthenaWins
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer

"When you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you."

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HollyBahling
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
Panpan

This story line just jumped way too much from present day to flashbacks and was hard to follow some times. There was promise of action and conspiracy in the beginning but I ended up not feeling literarily fulfilled by the end of it. I have no interest in this story line any further past this book.

Linda_Bloodworth_Author I can see why one would have so-so feelings about this book. I ended up reading through entire series. It gave me anxiety I had to know what happened. 6mo
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historybuff88
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
Mehso-so

Eh . It was ok . Lol

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stellabrooks
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“When you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tried to colonize you.” 6