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Book Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy I) by Jeff Vandermeer

“The effect of this cannot be understood without being there. 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.” I have seen some pretty mixed reviews about this series, and I understand why. ‘New weird’ fiction is not for everyone, but it is definitely my bag. This fascinating mystery about the enigmatic Area-X is gripping and ridiculously beautiful at times. It is one of those books that wraps itself around you and isolates you from the rest of the world, pulling you into it and not letting you come up for air until you’re done. It is the sort of book that needs to be read in one sitting. “Silence creates its own violence.” What’s it about: A group of four women are deployed into the mysterious Area-X. Several previous missions have been sent to the area, and everyone has either never been heard from again, or come back completely changed, only to die a short time later. These …