If J. J. Abrams,Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel … it might be thisawesome.
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent fordecades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. Thefirst expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all themembers of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition diedin a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of theeleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and withinmonths of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
This is the twelfth expedition.
Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, asurveyor, 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 theirobservations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of oneanother; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area Xdelivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life-forms thatsurpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border withthem and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another thatchange everything.
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