No one knows what’s happened in Area X. For decades, it’s been cut off from civilization, reclaimed by nature. Scientific expeditions to explore the area have come up with little to no knowledge about what has happened there, leaving everyone wondering what exactly is going on? And how do they keep Area X from continuing to grow? Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation questions what happened to Area X through the lens of a biologist and her team as they venture into the twelfth expedition of Area X.