"Annihilation" is a dreadful and addictive adventure about the exploration of the unknown.
Someone labeled it as "sci-fi". I think it's misleading. This is a book about mistery and weirdness.
The story will lead you step by step in a spiral of fear and anxiety. Trough the first-person narrative of "the Biologist" you will experience the creepy and puzzling event of Area X. This ominous vibe is ubiquitous and will build up till the end of the book when it is finally released in an unsettling finale.
A few words on the Biologist. A good novel needs a good character. A character the reader cares about. That's what the Biologist is. She is not just a witness of the terryfing wilderness of Area X, she is a perfectly depicted protagonist, with her past, her fears and motivations.
Jeff VanderMeer wrote a magnificent book, full of memorable situations that even after months will trigger a feeling of uneasiness mixed with wonder....Continua
This book does in fact remind me of J.J. Abrams, the luscious greenery a clear reference to the island in Lost. But above all it is the simplicity in the structure and the briefness of this book that make us imagine the plot to a tv series rather than an expertly crafted novel. In this I don't much see a resemblance with Margaret Atwood. Atwood's novels are much more complex, multilayered and refined, not to mention better written. The question of ecology would be the only tie between the two, but in Annihilation the theme is raised in a much more artificial manner, it somehow emerges less naturally than it does from Atwood's books.
That said, this book has a very interesting and original plot, though I would have liked it to be less sketched, and more developed. I will surely read the second installment in the trilogy.
Non vedo l'ora di leggere il secondo e il terzo. Spero che se veramente ne faranno un film, riescano appieno a renderne le atmosfere e i personaggi.
Possiamo affrontare il senso del meraviglioso, maestoso e allo stesso tempo raccapricciante. Ma possiamo anche affrontare una vera e propria metamorfosi. Cosa succede quando ogni conoscenza umana, quando ogni capacità, quando gli stessi cinque sensi sono solamente tentativi fallaci nel comprendere qualcosa di assurdo, misterioso e a tratti spaventoso? Quando il fascino diventa più forte della paura. Da leggere, ora. Andate. Su....Continua