A Salon Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
Winner of the 2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel
Winner of the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel
One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
An iBooks bestseller in Audio
A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 11 of the Most Terrifying Books of All Time
A USA Today Pick of Books to Read before You See the Film
An Elle Magazine Pick of Books to Read before You See the Film
A Cosmopolitan Pick of Books to Read before the Film Comes Out
A Harper’s Bazaar Pick of Books to Read before You See the Film
A Kirkus Reviews Pick of 7 Addictive Series
An Amazon Best Book of 2014
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014
A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, February 2014
BuzzFeed Books Pick
If J. J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel … it might be this awesome.
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
This is the twelfth expedition.
Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist—the de facto leader—and a biologist, who is our narrator. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life-forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.
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