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Authority The bone chilling hair raising second installment of the Southern Reach TrilogyAfter thirty years the only human engagement with Area X a seemingly malevolent landscape surrounded by an invisible bo

  • Title: Authority
  • Author: Jeff VanderMeer
  • ISBN: 9780374104108
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • The bone chilling, hair raising second installment of the Southern Reach TrilogyAfter 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 SThe bone chilling, hair raising second installment of the Southern Reach TrilogyAfter 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 Rodr guez 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.

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    1. Richard on said:

      I can't give this more than 2 stars because the center of the book drags along like a sacked brick. I tried and tried to get into it, but I couldn't remain interested.It just doesn't need 200 pages to get across the idea of the Southern Reach. Relationships barely develop past the first meetings and the whole thing feels stuck. I guess this mirrors the feelings the main characters are supposed to be experiencing in the least fun way possible.None of the little mysteries really go anywhere exciti [...]

    2. Jeffrey Keeten on said:

      ”In the black water with the sun shining at midnight, those fruit shall come ripe and in the darkness of that which is golden shall split open to reveal the revelation of the fatal softness in the earth.”John A.K.A. Control has been made director of The Southern Reach Facility. The last director finagled her way onto the last expedition into Area X and has never been seen or heard from again. The assistant director doesn’t only dislike him, but is working actively to undermine him. I’ve [...]

    3. Carol. on said:

      If Annihilation reminded me of Jeanette Winterson’s writing, then Authority reminded me of Kafka, but not the interesting Kafka, one of the boring ones, which surely if I say which one, my dear friends are going to quickly assure me that I’m quite wrong and there is no way Kafka could ever be boring with such Big Ideas. So maybe I don’t mean Kafka. Maybe I mean one of those other stodgy old writers from Advanced English who was clearly writing about the Human Condition in Big Fat Metaphors [...]

    4. Carmen on said:

      SPOILER-FREE REVIEW"Imagine a situation, John, in which you are trying to contain something dangerous. But you suspect that containment is a losing game. That what you want to contain is escaping slowly, inexorably. That what seems impermeable is, in fact, over time, becoming very permeable. That the divide is more perforated than unperforated. And that whatever this thing is seems to want to destroy you but has no leader to negotiate with, no stated goals of any kind."Control, also known by his [...]

    5. Stuart on said:

      Holy crap, this book was unbearable! I'm trying to think of something good to say about this bookd 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 bureaucracy, oblique dead-end details, and an obstinate refusal to further the plot in any way, other than with fruitless clues. It seems that fans of Annihilation were enthralled by the ominous Lovcraftian horror of Area X a [...]

    6. Heidi The Hippie Reader on said:

      The mystery of Area X continues with an FBI agent's entry into the Southern Reach. What's going on? Why can't anybody remember anything? Why is everyone so antagonistic? And why does everything smell bad? Rarely have I been so disappointed with a book as I was with Authority. The first entry in this series is a gripping, psychedelic adventure that reads like a nature-gone-wild acid trip. This book, on the other hand, is like going to work with a punishing hangover. You don't know what's going on [...]

    7. Hannah on said:

      My thoughts on this are, you guessed it, complicated. This follow-up to Annhililation (which I LOVED.) is a very different beast. Set shortly after the events of the first book, it is completely different in feeling and in genre. It does not take place in Area X but rather in the Southern Reach itself where a new director has been placed who will have to try and figure out what is really going on.There is one thing I am absolutely sure of: Jeff VanderMeer is a genius. He has a way of writing tha [...]

    8. Richard Derus on said:

      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 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 South [...]

    9. Roblee on said:

      The author, evidently paid by the word, tells a very long and atmospheric tale, approximately 200 pages overlong. An intriguing last few chapters and ending could stand alone as prelude to the final book.

    10. Fabian on said:

      An important cardinal rule of trilogies is broken with "Authority," Book 2 in the Southern Reach Trilogy. That which states that the second tome must build something out of the previous one, that its limits are expanded, that the adventure is transmogrified to its very apex (see, Star Wars episode 5, Godfather 2, "Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord" in Louis de Bernieres' Latin American trilogy heck, even Catching Fire was the better of all the Hunger Games books). "Authority" does none of this--it ex [...]

    11. Sheila on said:

      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, slow-moving plot.* Instead of answers about Area X (Lovecraftian monsters? Aliens? A parallel dimension?), this is a book about government conspiracy/bureaucracy. What I wanted was to find out what was going on a [...]

    12. Bradley on said:

      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 all honesty, the conflict in the novel was rather too light.I know we're not supposed to have answers in this kind of novel. I don't really expect them. It's all about the journey and cultivating a sense of wonder [...]

    13. Melki on said:

      About thirty-two years ago, along a remote southern stretch known as the "forgotten coast," an Event occurred that began to transform the landscape and simultaneously caused an invisible border or wall to appear.The women seem to recall little about Area X. They say almost nothing about what they saw and what happened to them during their expedition. John Rodriquez/Control is tasked with finding the facts. "What do you remember about your husband?""That I had one.""Did you know he came back, lik [...]

    14. Trish on said:

      To enable a new beginning the old has to make way.This continues the story of Area X, a part of what we now know is in the southern United States of America (somewhere in Florida to be more precise), that suddenly changed about 30 years ago. If the change really was sudden; there is still dispute about that. Anyway, about 30 years ago something happened and a form of border came down, shutting Area X off from the rest of the world. An agency, called Southern Reach, was formed to investigate and [...]

    15. Kristin(MyBookishWays Reviews) on said:

      mybookishways/2014/04/I’m betting, if you’re like me, you had a ton of questions at the end of the wonderful ANNIHILATION. If so, you’ll be glad to know that Authority answers quite a few of them. Not all, but a few, and it’s a perfect filling in the sandwich of awesome that is the Southern Reach trilogy. Authority picks up a few months after the disastrous events of Annihilation and the biologist is in the custody of Southern Reach after being found standing in an empty parking lot afte [...]

    16. Jenny (Reading Envy) on said:

      I read this book twice. I was 1/3 of the way through in the print and downloaded the audio because it is read by Bronson Pinchot, who I think is amazing. After finishing the book in audio, I went back and re-read the last 2/3, kind of backwards, starting from the last section and then deciding I should go ahead and re-read all of it to see what I had missed. I'm glad I did as there was a key scene I must have drifted off from in the audio.Area X is scary and still very unknown when this installa [...]

    17. Ryan on said:

      The Good:As with Annihilation, this is wonderfully tense. The prose is great, conveying this small town mystery/thriller with humour and creeping dread. Excellent setting, great ideas, and some very good characters.The Bad:Once again, there is almost zero resolution. It’s frustrating, and turns an excellent book into a merely good one. It's also a bit slow.'Friends' character the protagonist is most like:Control is a failed spy turned incompetent administrator. He is dumber than he thinks he i [...]

    18. Mike on said:

      The Floor beneath his shoes was grimy, almost sticky. The fluorescent lights above flickered at irregular intervals, and the tables and chairs seemed like something out of a high school cafeteria. He could smell the sour metal tang of a low quality cleaning agent, almost like rotting honey. The room did not inspire confidence in the Southern Reach.Far from the formidable, shadowy, mysterious organization it was portrayed as in Annihilation, the Southern Reach is actually a painfully prosaic gove [...]

    19. Morgannah on said:

      Welcome to Southern Reach:After touring Area X in Annihilation this second installment of the "Southern Reach" trilogy takes us to the Southern Reach facility where very few questions are answered, more unexplained stuff happens, and sh*t gets even weirder.Authority is a completely different piece of story telling than Annihilation. Where Annihilation is a short sweet shock to the system like an infection, Authority is a slow-building panic attack of a novel.Our beloved biologist is replaced in [...]

    20. Jason on said:

      5 StarsAuthority by Jeff Vandermeer, book two in the Southern Reach series is a fantastic read. This book is not your typical middle novel as it is a very different book from Annihilation. Vandermeer continues to prove to me what an amazing author that he is, versatile, verbose, and a gift for painting the vivid picture.Control is the star of this book and it takes place almost exclusively at the Southern Reach. This book is more of a mystery and a puzzle to solve than the adventure that was boo [...]

    21. Lauren on said:

      This book was frustrating to read. I did not find Control as intriguing a viewpoint character as the biologist, and he spent the vast majority of this book running from place to place not finding any answers. There were occasional moments that were engaging, such as Control's interviews with "the biologist", and much of the last quarter of the book. I still think that Vandermeer's writing is fantastic, and the creepy moments in the book are genuinely creepy, I just wish that the book had spent l [...]

    22. Paul on said:

      My buddy reader Morgannah Lefevre wrote such an excellent review for this title I scratched my head trying to think of what to add.I loved how with changing the MC in the second entry to the trilogy Vandermeer not only switched Pov but also made a fresh perspective and organically changed focus from Area X to the Southern Reach. Authority answered more questions about the Southern Reach than annihilation did about area x. but he left some questions u answered so in the first two books he piqued [...]

    23. David Katzman on said:

      An unsettling study of the ineffable. The indescribable. A slowly constricting knot. Our human edifices are evanescent. Or as I say in my novel A Greater Monster, "A home is paper thin."Nature is a harsh taskmistress. Nature is implacable. We have been playing with fire for a long time now. Humans think they own the land. The clouds. The air. The water. We do not own it. It owns us. We've been borrowing it without paying back the principal. And it's going to come due soon.Authority is the second [...]

    24. Conor on said:

      Normally I eat pretty healthy. Not really because I possess any special piety, but because my body just doesn’t feel that great when I don’t eat well. I still eat as much meat and fat as I want, but I grow lethargic without veggies, and soda makes me feel worn out, and anything processed just doesn’t taste great to me, so it works out to be a pretty great deal where I can eat what I want and stay healthy. But over the past two weeks, my local grocery store has had this annoying deal. They [...]

    25. Steve on said:

      The border was coming to the Southern Reach.Authority pretty much picks up where Annihilation left off, but not in a way that I could have anticipated. It turns out that the "psychologist" from book one, was also the director of the Southern Reach -- a scientific and military complex near the border of the mysterious Area X. All the public has been told about Area X is that an environmental accident occurred there, and that it is off-limits. The new director, John Rodriguez, tells the demoralize [...]

    26. Kristen Shaw on said:

      Wow, is all I can say about this trilogy so far. At times I thought I was veering towards liking Authority more than Annihilation, but really, both are immensely interesting books with their own pleasures. The strongest aspect of Authority, for me, is the slow build of tension. The pacing is absolutely terrific, making it difficult to put down. A lot of typical "horror" novels are a let down in this regard - they promise a great reveal which is usually disappointing. Authority doesn't disappoint [...]

    27. Marianna Neal on said:

      3.5 out of 5 starsSlightly conflicted about this one. I definitely preferred Annihilation, but seeing the story continue from the outside was an interesting approach, and starting to get at least SOME answers was almost satisfying. OK, maybe not actual answers, but at least we're getting there. I will say that it took me longer to warm up to Control compared to how quickly I was on board with the Biologist and the rest of the team in the first book. BUT, the ending is totally worth it! It's up t [...]

    28. Fiona on said:

      There seems to be a trend, the last few years, and I'm rather liking it: in 2012, I found a couple of authors who got me very much on side with (what feels like) a new wave of fast-talking, clever fantasy. In 2013, I discovered that 'literary fiction' is a broader category than I thought it was, and more importantly, it doesn't bite. It's 2014 now, and I feel like the books that are inserting themselves into my consciousness at the moment are ones that play with the rules of genre, of sci-fi, of [...]

    29. Char on said:

      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.

    30. Stephen on said:

      Like its predecessor, Authority is a surreal, immersive and compelling read. In it we glimpse, the inner workings of the Southern Reach, the agency tasked with understanding and containing Area X. The title suggests someone is in control of the Reach. A better title would be Disintegration, as the agency, its staff and newly arrived Director John Rodriquez, who ironically calls himself Control, are collapsing. Real and imagined have become fluid. Friend and foe uncertain. Is Area X reaching out [...]

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