Authority: Book summary and reviews of Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

Authority

A Novel (Southern Reach Trilogy)

by Jeff VanderMeer

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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.

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"Starred Review. VanderMeer's masterful command of the plot, his cast of characters, and the increasingly desperate situation will leave the reader desperate for the final volume in the trilogy." - Publishers Weekly

"After the chills and thrills of Annihilation, published in February 2014, this second volume in VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy - a science fiction/horror hybrid - is an altogether quieter affair." - Kirkus

"Authority isn't a book that just picks up where the last one left off. Instead, it's packed full of new pleasures, not only new characters and settings but whole new kinds of writing." - Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

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Jeff VanderMeer Author Biography

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. he was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania in 1968, and spent much of his childhood in the Fiji Islands, where his parents worked for the Peace Corps. He is the author of the best-selling City of Saints and Madmen, set in his signature creation, the imaginary city of Ambergris, in addition to several other novels from Bantam, Tor, and Macmillan. He has won two World Fantasy Awards, an NEA-funded Florida Individual Writers' Fellowship, and, most recently, the Le Cafard Cosmique award in France and the Tähtifantasia Award in Finland, both for City of Saints.

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 ...

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