The flesh-eater or what used to be one slowly wakes up with a vile stuck to his arm with no recollection of whom he is. The word's American Genetic Systems engraved on it. Putrid, slimy skin slough of his body as he searches the women for clues where he finds a picture of himself. Confused by the find he calls for help. However, in desperation for their next meal flesh-eaters attack him. He runs; only to find there is nowhere to run to. In the wilderness that the city has become, he comes across Alma, fleeing flesh eaters. She takes him to the Alamo, a small farming outpost of the Alamo Dome, where about 150 survivors have formed a small community and struggle to survive as best they can. Introducing himself as Richard, because that is what the woman in the store called him, he tries to unravel the mystery of his past.
In 1993, Victor Boutros was a young businessman on the rise. After meeting Molly, a brilliant university student with a passion for erasing world hunger, he sees the potential in bio-engineering. Not that he is interested in world hunger; there is nothing he could care about less. He wants money and power; lots of it. His company, American Genetic Systems, employs Molly and their first invention, TSR Corn, is a success. However, it is not enough. Through blackmail, manipulation, bribery and murder, Victor always gets what he wants. In the end, he has the President of the United States in his back pocket, ready and willing to push through any legislation to eradicate any authority who threatens to thwart Victor's plan to control the world's food supply through Genetically Modified Foods.
The novel moves back and forth through time telling the story of how the greed of a man changes the world via its seed modification and a man trying to recall who he is. Will he regret recovering his memory? Is he the reason for the apocalypse?
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; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition 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 weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, 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.
Years have passed since humanity’s destruction emerged from the Breach.
Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape.
As each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde.
His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.
What little hope remains is dying. Abandoned by its leader, The Seven, and its heroes, The Seraph Knights, the last defences of a once great civilisation are crumbling into dust.
But the Shining City is far away and the world is a very dangerous place.