Annihilation

Editorial reviews

Annihilation

If you're into oddball reads this is truly the one for you. If you're easily frustrated by the lack of explanation in a story you'll want to steer clear.

Annihilation is the first of a trilogy, so there may well be more answers ahead. There will definitely be more mysteries.

With a touch of Lost about it, it is easy to understand the J.J Abrams comparison, fingers crossed the ending isn't quite such a disappointment.

Annihilation displays a familiar fascination with the reshaped body, the idea of infection as a way to a new understanding of the world.

While this is a philosophical novel that asks many, many more questions than it answers, it is so riveting, destabilizing and utterly strange that the new wonders it introduces compel you more than any simple answer could.

“Annihilation” is successfully creepy, an old-style gothic horror novel set in a not-too-distant future. The best bits turn your mind inside out.

Annihilation features murder, suicide and a full-cavity search by an alien monster, yet it arrives at a dream of reconciliation, hauntingly familiar, between an estranged husband and wife.

It’s a concentrated, slick narrative, an affecting, profoundly lonely story that’ll have you looking over your shoulder for days.

That’s as may be, but if sanity is knowing what’s at the bottom (or top) of Annihilation’s terrible tower (or tunnel), I think I’d rather be mad.

Annihilation is a book meant for gulping — for going in head-first and not coming up for air until you hit the back cover.