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Annihilation: Plot Summary
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- Full Title: Annihilation
- When Written: 2009-2014
- Where Written: Tallahassee, Florida
- When Published: February 4, 2014
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Science Fiction/Horror
- Setting: Area X
- Climax: The biologist decides to remain in Area X
- Antagonist: Area X, the Crawler
- Point of View: First person from the biologist’s point of view
Extra Credit for Annihilation
Lighting the Way. VanderMeer has stated that his inspiration for Area X comes from the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge and the inspiration for the lighthouse is St. Mark’s Light in Tallahassee, Florida, where VanderMeer lives.
Adaptation. Annihilation was made into a film in 2018 starring Natalie Portman (but the film contains significant plot changes from the book).