Authority

Authority

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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374104108
0374104107
9780374710781
Branch Call Number: SF VANDERMEER
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 20 cm

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tjdickey
Mar 27, 2017

VanderMeer delivers again - he writes with excellent precision and control, and yet always leaves out just enough crucial data to keep us needing to look over our shoulder...
The narrator in this case has a lot more information at his fingertips but might not be trustworthy in his telling, and there is much more lurking out there.

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Starpoem
Jul 27, 2016

Absorbing & intriguing. The book has strong messages about environmentalism and individuality.

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bheat4141
Feb 10, 2016

The first book in the Southern Reach series thoroughly confused me in many ways, but kept me intrigued enough to dive into the second novel.

In many ways I enjoyed the second novel more as certain insights are shared to bring "some" level of clarity to the first one, but still introduces a ton of new questions.

Honestly, I'm not quite sure how I feel about these books. This is equal parts frustrating and refreshing at the same time for someone looking for something a bit different.

I'm curious to see what happens in the third book and how that makes me view the series as a whole.

SFPL_danielay Feb 02, 2016

The second book in VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy is just as thrilling and mysterious as the first one. Where the first volume took us into the mysterious Area X, the second volume focuses on the government agency tasked with overseeing it. You might assume that bureaucracy and administration will be dull but the mystery only deepens as the new director tries to figure out what exactly is going on.

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danomcd
May 08, 2015

A fascinating read. It is amazing that the same author as the first book to this series can write such a different feel to a novel that occurs in the same world. At times you really felt (while reading) that you were as confused as the main character - in a good way. I would definitely recommend this series as a great one to read.

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alex2323
Nov 08, 2014

This one is great too. Psyched that the writer of 28 days later and sunshine agreed to write the screenplay for Annihilation. Can't wait for the third installment.

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kelliyfults
Sep 21, 2014

read the first one... meh... got to page 215 in this one, waste of trees and time! So, so vague. The 'threat' is what? The 'characters' are who? Couldn't get a sense of where the author wished my fears to go. Unfocused and (apologies to Ms. G Stein: there was no there THERE!) Vagueness does not necessarily = suspense.

djoyce Jun 22, 2014

An interesting second installment to the Southern Reach series. This book was a lot slower than the first. It focuses more on the bureaucracy back at the very dysfunctional Southern Reach organization and follows a new acting director who is tasked with researching what happened to the 12th expedition, what Area X is all about, and what is going on at Southern Reach.

If this was a TV series, the second book would be the typical second season--focusing more on character development and less action. However, it does pave the way for a (hopefully) exciting and unsual finale.

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