The first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy. This is a gripping and disturbing read a little reminiscent of John Wyndham but with a voice all of its own. Area X – The Southern Reach has been monitored by a secret agency for 30 years. 11 earlier expeditions of scientists have been sent in to explore and document the environmental black zone. Many didn’t return and those that did were changed. This is the story of the Twelfth expedition and what they discover about Area X and what may have happened to the members of the previous expeditions.