Authority (Southern Reach, #2)
The bone-chilling, hair-raising second installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy

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

Authority (Southern Reach, #2) Details

Book TitleAuthority (Southern Reach, #2)
Book Author
ISBN9780374104108
LanguageEnglish
FormatPaperback
Pages341
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Authority (Southern Reach, #2) Reviews

  • ♞『Ƙєє Qυєєη』
    Jun 20, 2016

    ♞『Ƙєє Qυєєη』

    This was a polarizing installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, and for very valid reasons. I heard such praises about this trilogy for a while, and I was very happy buying the complete series in one swoop last year. When I finally decided to start reading, I was incredibly intrigued ...

  • Sheila
    Apr 26, 2016

    Sheila

    2.5 stars (somewhere between "meh" and "I liked it").This is a middle book and it shows. The last 20% of this book is great--full of action. But you have to slog through the first 80% to get there. Specifically, what I didn't care for:* I couldn't connect with the narrator.* Repetitive...

  • Giovanna
    Mar 7, 2016

    Giovanna

    2.5Disappointing. Did I mention that the italian edition is gorgeous?Authority didn't live up to my expectations to be honest. I really liked Annihilation and I was extremely curious to see where the story was going. Well, the answer is: nowhere. Until the last 40/50 pages literally no...

  • Ubiqua
    Jan 30, 2016

    Ubiqua

    Tre stelline grazie alla parte finale, ma il libro nel complesso funziona poco. Il focus si sposta negli uffici della Southern Reach, fuori dal Confine. Il romanzo è più corposo rispetto al primo, che grazie all’agilità del suo formato trascinava il lettore in un’apn...

  • Jonfaith
    Jan 14, 2016

    Jonfaith

    It was as if a different person put the key in the ignition and drove away from everything that was familiar.Well, shit. It is another Sunday and my sinus issues haven't been resolved, neither have my questions concerning the first volume of this inspired arc. The problem is, I'm afrai...

  • Katie
    Dec 20, 2015

    Katie

    I'd imagine that this is the most divisive book in the Southern Reach trilogy (though it wouldn't shock me if some weren't fans of the last installment). Very little happens in this book, to be honest. Any readers looking for answers are going to be largely disappointed. But I think it...

  • Richard Derus
    Nov 14, 2015

    Richard Derus

    Rating: 3.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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 age...

  • Brad
    Jul 27, 2015

    Brad

    Honestly, I wanted to stay longer in Area X, not get relegated to an almost sterile administration building for most of the novel.Control (the man, not the action) didn't even really begin to grow on me until well-past half-way mark. At least there were elements of spy-fiction, but in ...

  • Stuart
    Jul 25, 2015

    Stuart

    Holy crap, this book was unbearable! I'm trying to think of something good to say about this book...and failing. It reminds me of an unholy blend of the final season of Lost, The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, The Office, and Waiting for Godot. Endless trivial descriptions of bureau...

  • Char
    Jul 8, 2015

    Char

    I liked the narration but this story isn't working well for me. I'm playing with the idea of not reading the last one at all. I probably will though, because I feel the need to finish the series after investing all this time. ...