All In Good Storytime

category: Literature

Page Four--Area X


In the fourth episode of All in Good Storytime, we begin reading Annihilation, a 2014 science fiction novel, by Jeff VanderMeer. This is the first novel in the Southern Reach Trilogy. In this story we follow a team of 4 scientists on a mysterious mission to Area X. In these first two sections we share our initial impressions of Area X, we discuss how the narrator's views of her companions influence our opinions of them, we analyze critiques of the scientific method, we speculate about the government's involvement, and we make numerous predictions regarding the elusive nature of Area X and it's origins. Finally, we end by discussing in-depth the tower, spores, the lighthouse, and hybrid brain-slime monsters.


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