Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2)

Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2)

by Jeff VanderMeer
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Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2) by Jeff VanderMeer

After thirty years, the only human engagement with Area X—a seemingly malevolent landscape surrounded by an invisible border and mysteriously wiped clean of all signs of civilization—has been a series of expeditions overseen by a government agency so secret it has almost been forgotten: the Southern Reach. Following the tumultuous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the agency is in complete disarray.

John Rodrigues (aka "Control") is the Southern Reach's newly appointed head. Working with a distrustful but desperate team, a series of frustrating interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, Control begins to penetrate the secrets of Area X. But with each discovery he must confront disturbing truths about himself and the agency he's pledged to serve.

In Authority, the New York Times bestselling second volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, Area X's most disturbing questions are answered . . . but the answers are far from reassuring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374104108
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Southern Reach Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 41,019
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America's American Fantastic Tales and multiple year's-best anthologies. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

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Authority 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
JonnMnz More than 1 year ago
If you read Annihilation you have got to read this book. We got a lot more details about not only Area X, but also what the some of the members from the last expedition looked like. This was pretty important to me since I had been dying to know what the characters physically looked like. Now, please note that even though we get some answers about Area X there are a tons of questions that still have to be solved. Authority is based on Control's perspective and his position within the Southern Reach. We do get to see the biologist again, but if you remember the details from Annihilation you'll realize that she may not be the biologist we remember.  
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
This review is for the entire series, as I read, and cautiously enjoyed, the first two books, in great part with anticipation for revelations and a conclusion(s) in the final novel. Unfortunately, that never occurs. Characterizations are, at best, impersonal, and the writing sporadically clear, then muddled. The intent of the author seems to be to describe humanity's encounter with another culture so alien that we can't communicate with it or understand its intent/purpose, and while that prospect is intellectually plausible, given the myriad ways in which life could evolve in another time/place, the lack of meaningful interaction between the characters and whatever that Other is, deprives the story of interest and prevents it from coming to any comprehensible conclusion. Of all the questions that are posed or develop over the course of the three books few, if any, are answered coherently. The concepts are not without merit, and much promise is hinted at but, ultimately, the series fails to deliver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When our "Biologist" returns to this side of the border, she is held and interrogated. Is she crazy? Is she special? Is she just a specimen to be studied? Rules have been broken. Tests have been conducted. We watch as the madness is revealed. It's been there all the time, even before the border came into being.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is a new class of book for me, where excellent and inventive fiction meets intelligent and creative writing.
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The writing style is confusing. This is not scifi. The added element of intelligence/espionage makes it even stranger. I dont know what i just read.
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Good but spooky. Gave me chills.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good follow-up Reading post-apocalyptic fiction has become a kind of hobby and I really enjoyed ``Annihilation.'' While ``Authority'' is set outside Area X, it's actually scarier. IMHO!  I have moved on to Volume 3.
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Fantastic story!
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