Reviews

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

odaskjorestad's review against another edition

Go to review page

challenging dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

kate_bunton's review against another edition

Go to review page

dark mysterious tense slow-paced

2.75

hannahdlake's review against another edition

Go to review page

adventurous challenging dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

jstatts's review against another edition

Go to review page

adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


Expand filter menu Content Warnings

leflambeur's review against another edition

Go to review page

1.0

I picked this up because I just loved VanderMeer's book Finch which combined the best aspects of a detective procedural with a world in which sentient fungi co-exist with people. As strange as it sounds he pulled it off. So was shocked at how much I disliked Annihilation. I rarely quit a book in the middle, but I just kept hoping it would turn around and redeem itself. I should have quit.

erasmios's review against another edition

Go to review page

3.0

After having watched the movie twice I was intrigued to read the novel it's based on (or inspired by). Annihilation is quite short, barely 200 pages long, but reading it was mentally exhausting. Unpleasant. I wouldn't say it was very scary, rather it did go under my skin similar to how S. Jackson, Kafka and Lovecraft do. Annihilation is a "found footage" novel, a report written by a nameless, unreliable narrator, the biologist. (It's also almost nothing like the movie by the way.) The story is weird and vague. There are no clear answers to any of the mysteries. If you like mind-bending thoughts crawling under your skin read Annihilation. I'm not sure yet, but I might finish the trilogy a little later.

ashleyend's review against another edition

Go to review page

adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.25

perpetualdally's review against another edition

Go to review page

challenging dark mysterious sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

xgraveyard_babyx's review against another edition

Go to review page

dark tense fast-paced

5.0

snowhite197's review against another edition

Go to review page

Didn’t care about the characters.