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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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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! 10m
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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
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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 18h
shanaqui Clarification there is not, just FYI! The third book... Explains *some* things, but mostly the weirdness stays weird. 18h
Mynameisacolour Thanks for the heads up! @shanaqui 6h
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hike.read.repeat
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Pickpick

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. 4d
hike.read.repeat @Bookartbookmarks yep. I started the second one today and it‘s from a different person‘s perspective than the first one. 4d
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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 💚💚💚 3w
Sweetkokoro A fellow green fan!! Green my is Favorite color too 💚💚💚and this cover is just gorgeous I love it! 3w
LiterRohde I like the design of the English language covers a lot. But this one is quite stunning. The series is pretty good too. 3w
batsy I love this series and this cover is so gorgeous. 3w
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Joanster5
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Pickpick

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 2mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I know 👍🏻😂the drama of it all. I love it 2mo
TrishB The only one I haven‘t read is the Bragg one 👍🏻 2mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB your a great reader in fairness 👍🏻♥️😘 2mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts 😘😘 2mo
batsy Annihilation.. You know how much I loved it 😁 Clever pick! 2mo
Cathythoughts @batsy I do know that !! I wouldn‘t have read only for you 👍🏻♥️😘 2mo
rohit-sawant I've talked about how much I'm looking forward to this one but it still remains unread. Hopefully this year! 2mo
Cathythoughts @rohit-sawant hopefully 🤞🏻I know. We readers just need more time.... there are too many good books 😃 (edited) 2mo
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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 🧡🧡🧡 2mo
Craftylikefox @JoScho thank you friend 😊 2mo
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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! 2mo
amy.wt @BookishMarginalia Thank you!! 😁😁 2mo
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WitBeyndMehsure
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Pickpick

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. 3mo
WitBeyndMehsure @WhatWouldJaneDo oooo now I‘m going to look into cli-fi books! 3mo
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! 3mo
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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 3mo
collegecatlady @vivastory That definitely makes me want to read it!! 3mo
arubabookwoman I loved Darktown! 3mo
robinb ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Emilymdxn I loved the Vorrh! 3mo
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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 4mo
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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) 4mo
brandybear22 @kgriffith do you think you‘ll read the others? 4mo
kgriffith @brandybear22 I might if you recommended it, but I haven‘t felt compelled to yet. 4mo
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Knpatel91
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Pickpick

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. 5mo
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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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Sammidnightsun
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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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Pickpick

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
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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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. 6mo
JoScho Jungle Jim‘s looks like a fun grocery store! 6mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Jungle Jim is such an inreresting name for a grocery store! ❤️ 6mo
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AlaMich It looks like a Rainforest Cafe! 6mo
Cathythoughts Annihilation 👍🏻♥️♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
Schlinkles Jungle Jim‘s is one of my favorite places ever. I spend way too much money on cheese there! 5mo
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AthenaWins
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Pickpick

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 ! 6mo
RavenLovelyReads This is all sorts of fabulous! 😍 6mo
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Sharpeipup
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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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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Hollyreynolds0
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. 3mo
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historybuff88
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
Mehso-so

Eh . It was ok . Lol

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stellabrooks
Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer

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

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MrBook
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So, saw the movie with #Coale and @BookBabe ! It was intense, trippy, and stimulating. Looking forward to reading the trilogy now! (Will there be any sequels to this? Since I'm not sure if the ending is the same as the book's.)

Rachel.Rencher The ending was the same as the first book, but there's two more books. I'm hoping they'll make more movies! 6mo
Tanzy13 🐱 6mo
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BookBabe
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#Coale and I are watching the movie BEFORE reading the book, per the lovely @Rachel.Rencher 's sound and timely advice. 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Now I‘m really excited to read this book! 📚

Rachel.Rencher The book will be much more vivid for you now 😁❤ 6mo
RebL My daughter loves the movie and the book, so my son bought them for her for Christmas. ❣️ 6mo
BookBabe @Rachel.Rencher I believe it! Thanks for the tip! 😊🙌🏻 • @RebL Awesome! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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Amandajoy I started this last night. Any reason why she said you should see the movie first? 6mo
Avanders Interesting ... I read the whole series before the movie came out and can't wait to see the movie! I never even considered it might be better the opposite way! @Rachel.Rencher -- do you know if the movie only covers the first book? 6mo
Tanzy13 🐱 6mo
BookBabe @Amandajoy I think just because there‘s some wild visual stuff going on, and I‘m not sure how the author describes it because I haven‘t started the book yet, but I can definitely see how it might be difficult to picture. 6mo
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MrBook
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@BookBabe and I are watching the movie before reading the book per the incredible @Rachel.Rencher 's sound and timely advice. 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Rachel.Rencher Yay, I hope you like it! 😁 6mo
LA_Mead I thought the movie was interesting, but the books are my favourite. 6mo
BookaholicNatty Ahhhhh I didn‘t realize there was a movie!! I need to see this! Is it on Netflix?There is so many movies/series out right now that originated from books it‘s insane!!! 6mo
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Bklover @BookaholicNatty It‘s on Amazon Prime. I‘m going to have to check it out too. 6mo
Vexingcircumstance I alway prefer to see the movie first if possible. Too often the book ruins the movie because the movie can‘t possible contain as much as the book but I‘ve never had a movie ruin a book I haven‘t read yet because the book is alway an expansion on the movie. 6mo
Vexingcircumstance @BookaholicNatty it was in Redbox. That‘s where I rented it from but that was a while ago. It may not be anymore but I think it was a popular rental, so it might still be in some. 6mo
Mammacita I LOVED the book - I only hope the movie is half as good. 😊 6mo
ChristySevern @BookaholicNatty It's also on Hulu, I actually just watched it a few hours ago! 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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When I read Annihilation, I felt the story was too dense and I had a hard time picturing everything that was supposed to be going on. I just watched the movie on Hulu and it was...intense. I'm not sure if I liked it. I had to have my eyes shielded 90% of the time because it was so effing gory.

Has anyone else read and watched it? What did you think?

MrBook Going to soon! Should I watch the movie first? Would it give me a good prep job at grasping the book? 6mo
Bookzombie I was just wondering this too. @MrBook 6mo
imabusybee I don't remember the book being gory. I liked it. 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher @MrBook @Bookzombie I honestly think watching the movie first will help a lot. You'll understand the imagery in the book a lot better. I may even reread it now! 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @imabusybee I don't think it was as gory as the movie. 6mo
Bookzombie @Rachel.Rencher Thank you! 6mo
MrBook @Rachel.Rencher 🙌🏻! 6mo
imabusybee @Rachel.Rencher I'll be skipping the movie this 🐔 is to scared. 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @imabusybee Not gonna lie it was pretty horrifying 😖 I might have some weird dreams tonight 😅 6mo
Blueroseis The book cover is enough to frighten me away from this one. 6mo
Lisaw13 I had a hard time with the imagery in this book as well. I think the movie might be too gory/scary for me! 6mo
CouronneDhiver I read this book and i loved imagining that world. But, it seems, I might‘ve been more mild in my minds eye than the author. ☠️ (edited) 6mo
Lucas.Rencher I really enjoyed the movie it was intense, I'm really excited to read the books now! 😀 6mo
BookBabe I second what @Lucas.Rencher said! @MrBook and I just watched it. So good! Totally psyched to read it now. 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @BookBabe I think I would have liked it better if I wasn't so squeamish 😅 I love the idea of it though 6mo
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ChristySevern
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Mehso-so

Finally finished, and only because I skimmed through the last 50 pages. While some parts (mainly the reminiscences of a past life) were interesting and moving, the rest was so dense and filled with almost impossible to imagine descriptions of places and creatures that I couldn't make a clear visual of it in my head. Overall, an okay book but I don't plan on reading the rest of the series.

Megabooks I couldn‘t get into it either. 6mo
ChristySevern @Megabooks Some of it was interesting and made me want to keep reading but by the end it just felt like it dragged. Watched the movie today and it didn't help at all lol Oh well. Can't love them all. 6mo
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ChristySevern
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If there had been an endless number of pages, I feared that I would have stood there reading for an eternity, until I fell to the floor and died of thirst or starvation.

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ChristySevern
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That's how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.

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ChristySevern
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I'm halfway through with the tagged book and am still on the fence about how I feel about it. It's interesting but it feels really dense with the strange descriptions and sci-fi setting. I am interested in getting to the end, just out of curiosity towards the storyline and narrator, but I'm not thinking this will be one of my favorites.

What's everyone else's thoughts on this one? How about the movie??

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ChristySevern
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The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 7mo
ChristySevern @Eggs thank you! 7mo
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ChristySevern
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Jumping right into book 2 of 2019! This isn't a part of any of my challenges (at least not the reason why I chose to read it) but it's been on my tbr for waayyyy too long! Also, I have a HUGE crush on Gina Rodriguez and want to watch the movie sooo bad 😂😉 but can't do that til I read the book, so here goes! 😁

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Pickpick

This book was very intriguing. It kept me interested all the way through and I'm definitely moving on to books 2 and 3. I read this after watching the film on Netflix and the film is very close to the book so it's well worth a watch. However the lack of names or physical descriptions in the book gave it a real sense of the importance of the plot, which isn't evident in the film.

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kalinichta
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Mehso-so

Every time I read science fiction, I think, "I should just not try with science fiction." This short book took me forever to read, and any interest I had in finding out what was going on fizzled out halfway through. Meh.

Image from treehugger.com.

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GeekGirlOnAQuest
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Panpan

It was too slow at the start and the writing style did nothing for me. Since it was a short book I kept with it, but don‘t see myself reading the next two in the series. I wanted to like it, but it felt all over the place and just never came together enough to really grab my attention.