This is a weird little book. It’s a Twilight Zone sort of homage with this constant sense of terror around the corner. Once you finally find the terriThis is a weird little book. It’s a Twilight Zone sort of homage with this constant sense of terror around the corner. Once you finally find the terrible thing though, it’s nothing like what you expect and things just keep getting weirder and weirder. As the beginning of a trilogy, Annihilation sets the stage for some bizarre adventures in a strange world, but instead comes away as an emotional character arc with plenty of emotional tension, but perhaps lacking a bit in plot or action.
I’ve tried writing this review several times since I read the book some time ago. It’s a weird book and it left me with weird feelings about it. At times I felt dumb for being bored by its lingering analysis of character emotions and back story. Other times I was genuinely creeped out by the mysterious Area X and all the bizarre things that seemed to be happening right outside the corner of the narrator’s vision.
There is a lot in Annihilation and I feel it would take another read through or two for me to fully grasp what it is VanderMeer has created. With an unreliable narrator telling a story from the first person, it’s a challenge to tell what is real and what is just some twisted version of reality. It’s a strange book from beginning to end and, while it’s a quick read, it has meat on its bones that deserve some time to be picked at and consumed. I don’t know if I’m going to move forward with the rest of the series, but I’m intrigued to do a bit of digging to see what other people have thought of the series....more
I really want to give this five stars, but I'm being held back by the severe lack of Samm and what felt like a very quick resolution in the last 40 paI really want to give this five stars, but I'm being held back by the severe lack of Samm and what felt like a very quick resolution in the last 40 pages or so. Everything else about this book was close to perfect, though with most of the characters trekking across large land areas in various groupings, parts did get a little tedious. Some new characters threw wrenches into the system, making for more interesting and unexpected conflicts, and there were some genuinely surprising moments. Very satisfying conclusion....more
Could it be? Has my bad luck with series enders come to a close? I was starting to think it waMy full review can be found on Working for the Mandroid!
Could it be? Has my bad luck with series enders come to a close? I was starting to think it was impossible to feel satisfied with the conclusion to a trilogy, but after Evertrue and now Three, I’m starting to think maybe it’s not just me after all. Thank you, Kristen Simmons, for writing an incredibly compelling, satisfying conclusion to your dystopian series. It left me sad and happy and a little disoriented upon finishing, like I wasn’t meant to return to this world of day jobs and Veronica Mars marathons.
I’ve had an interesting history with the Article 5 series. It’s been kind of backwards compare to my usual reaction to dystopian trilogies. I had some huge issues with the first book to the point that it caused me to stop giving my reviews letter grades all together. Despite that, I went forward with the second book, which resolved many of the issues I’d had with the first, but still didn’t make me a huge cheerleader for the series. But this third volume? Get me some pompoms.
I flailed, I teared up, I was shocked and I read the nearly 400 page book in one sitting after making the mistake of starting it at 8PM at night. I could not put Three down. Ember’s naiveté is a thing of the past and yet she still makes reckless choices when nothing else can be done. Everyone lives in shades of grey and she’s left not knowing who to trust other than Chase, who starts to loosen up a little and begins to believe a future is possible....more
This is the type of book that, when you describe what you just read to someone else, sounds like it would be incredibly boring and yet somehow Eric WaThis is the type of book that, when you describe what you just read to someone else, sounds like it would be incredibly boring and yet somehow Eric Walters makes the day-to-day elements of living without power seem incredibly compelling. Then he ramps everything up, puts in a couple of awesome action scenes, and stops.
I'm am upset with him in the best possible way....more