Okay, I'm hooked

Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer
I've always been luke warm about Vandermeer. On one hand, I love what short stories of his I have read. He also wrote one of the best essays in the world on Angela Carter, and for that, I will forgive him much. But the one longer work of his I read City of Saints and Madmen, I didn't really care for. It wasn't bad, but it just wasn't for me, even with the octupus.

So I basically read this because I think I want to see the movie, but being a reader, I need to read the book first.

Oh my, this is good. 

I mean, okay, on the surface, it is short and compact. But there is such atmosphere in this novel. And then you are trying to figure out things - like what is really happening, what is really society or a system. Everything is so well done and there is not a wasted word. 

Totally engrossing.