Book vs. Movie: Annihilation

Hello, my darling readers!
A while ago I shared my reviews on the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. Well, I was originally inspired to pick up the books because a friend told me about this very adaptation. So let’s see how it holds up in comparison!

The Plot:

An expedition is about to enter the shimmer. It’s a mysterious area nobody can seem to figure out. Filled with both plant and animal mutations the shimmer hadn’t been friendly to past expeditions. Will this one be different?

Book vs. Movie:

Okay, those of you who already checked out my book review know that I didn’t love it. I really appreciate the idea that is behind the story but the execution drove me nuts.

The novel is narrated by the biologist and we don’t know how much of a reliable narrator she is (and never really find out).
The book keeps raising question after question without answering any of them. It’s quite obscure and VanderMeer tried hard to keep it all feeling mysterious right ’till the end.

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (Southern Reach #1)

Hey guys!
This is the kick-off for three reviews dealing with Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. The first installment is Annihilation (you might have seen the Netflix adaptation). So, let’s get talking!

The Plot:

Area X, known by most people as the site of some environmental disaster, of some experiment gone wrong, is a mystery. Appearing out of nowhere, scientists (and the government) have tried to unlock the riddle that is Area X for ages.
Another expedition is about to cross the border of this hostile stretch of land, even though no other expedition has yet made it back in one piece…

The Rating:

You find my description of the plot to be confusing and – well – rather undescript? That’s because the entire book is this way.
It’s irritating and will leave you with a ton of unanswered questions.
Novels like that frustrate me a great deal.

The idea behind Annihilation is interesting enough. The beginning is also intriguing, so dove in, desperate to get some more info on Area X.
However, we don’t know how reliable (if reliable at all) the narrator is. The story is told by the biologist who is a member of the expedition sent into Area X.
She doesn’t even know herself whether what she sees is real or if she’s been hypnotized (which is a thing in this book). We actually never find out what is true and was is not.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Series I need to finish

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Shanah Bionic Book Worm and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
This week I’ll talk about some bookish series I absolutely need to finish!

Tomorrow When the War Began

I started with this amazing Australian series many years ago and read the first three books. Then other things got in the way and never continued with the remaining novels. It’s a shame ’cause the story is super intriguing. I will finish the series at some point. I just don’t know when that is.

The Folk of the Air

You have no idea how excited I am about Queen of Nothing, the final installment of Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air trilogy. It’s one of the most anticipated releases this year and it can’t come out soon enough. I devoured the first two books, so of course, I will finish the series!

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