I looked at the ratings (but not reviews) before I bought this book. They were very mixed and I was not sure I wanted to drop the money on a paper version of it. However, I had been on the waitlist at the library for months and I really wanted to read it. So, I bought the book at the bookstore and I am so happy that I did.
I love books that have beautiful writing and strong characters. It is why Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite writers, even though I think he cannot create a plot at all. I put VanderMeer in the category of Bradbury and Dickens. The way his words flowed were beautiful. I actually started underlining in my book. I read out sections to my children. The writing is amazingly beautiful.
While the plot does come behind characterization and writing, I still found it to be an engaging story that had me enthralled until the end. Although, the ending did leave me feeling a little let down. Except that it was also completely appropriate at the exact same time. I think we are so used to everything being tied up so neatly, and the world making sence by the time we leave a book, that we have a hard time when anything else happens. Yet, if Annihilation ended that way it would not be a trilogy, and would not be true to Area X.
I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, and even have ordered it in paper as well.
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