Annihilation got excellent reviews and while I’d wanted to read it for a while, was only compelled to read it, for fear that I might see the upcoming movie before reading the book.
Let’s just say that I was surprised.
I knew that it was intelligent, psychological science fiction.
But more than that, and this I somehow didn’t know, it was scary. To me, Annihilation is a horror novel. More specifically, it is a Lovecraftian horror novel.
That weird body horror; the strange, uncanny shapes of structures that don’t quite belong; the dissociation from ‘our’ world; and science fiction that becomes fantastical because the characters can’t understand the science (As Arthur C. Clarke said: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.).
So, not what I expected, but a creepy, unnerving, and also relatively brisk read.