Title: Authority (Southern Reach #2)
Author: Jeff Vandermeer
Publisher: FSG 2014
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Fall Reading Challenge; 52 Books - W45; Read Your Freebies; Seriously Series
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.
I felt like this volume started off slow. Maybe it's the curse of second books in trilogies. but it took me awhile to really get into this book. I did not like Control and was left with a confusing sense of why. That is until little tidbits about Area X started revealing themselves. Then, I dove into the book and didn't come back up until I was done. The twists and turns in this one are even more sinister than the first book. You think that everyone is okay because you're not in Area X. Wrong! Nothing is safe, even on this side of the border. I was thankful for some answered questions, but those answers were very disturbing. I'm interested to see how Vandermeer ends this trilogy.
- 1. Annihilation
- 2. Authority
- 3. Acceptance