I spotted a book in Walmart a few days ago but forgot to note its name.

It was either post-apocalyptic or set during the apocalypse. It has four female leads, one of whom was (I think) mentioned as being a marksman on the cover. A snippet inside the book mentioned a gun. The others were (I recall) some kind of biologist, and another a surveyor. It mentioned

...nature has reclaimed...

and I know the author is a man. I believe the book is recent but I’m not sure.

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    How recent is recent? Did it look like it may have been published in the last 2 years? 10? 30?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 20:24

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This is Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

It is the first in a series of three books called the Southern Reach Trilogy. The book describes a team of four women (a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor) who set out into an area known as Area X. The area is abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization. They are the 12th expedition. The other expeditions have been fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma.

Cover of *Annihilation*

It may have appeared recently in WalMart due to the 2018 film adapted from the book.


  • yes! thank you so much!!! i’ve been looking for it on and off for a few hours now, thank you!!
    – burnedpalm
    Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 20:26
  • You're welcome
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 4, 2018 at 20:28

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