Authority: A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy)

Jeff VanderMeer
In the second volume of the Southern Reach Trilogy, questions are answered, stakes are raised, and mysteries are deepened . . .In Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer introduced Area X—a remote and lush terrain mysteriously sequestered from civilization. This was the first volume of a projected trilogy; well in advance of publication, translation rights had already sold around the world and a major movie deal had been struck.     Just months later, Authority, the second volume, is here. For thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X has taken the form of a series of expeditions monitored by a secret agency called the Southern Reach. After the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the Southern Reach is in disarray, and John Rodriguez, aka “Control,” is the team’s newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves—and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he’s promised to serve. And the consequences will spread much further than that.     The Southern Reach trilogy will conclude in fall 2014 with Acceptance.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-07-20

boring

Reviewed: 2021-05-24
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Reviewed: 2021-03-30
This was a disappointment after the first book was so good. The writing is not as smooth and the story line is just flat-out boring. It never goes anywhere!! I had to work really hard to finish this one, and now that I have I am kinda irritated that pretty much everything "revealed" in this entire book could have been addressed in a few chapters. I will give book three a shot, but if it doesn't show signs of being back in the groove within a few chapters, I will just let someone else tell me about the origins of Area X.

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