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's New York Times-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy has been translated into over 35 languages. The first novel, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award, and was made into a movie by Paramount in 2018. Recent works include Dead Astronauts, Borne (a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), and The Strange Bird. These novels, set in the Borne universe, are being developed for TV by AMC and continue to explore themes related to the environment, animals, and our future. His novel Hummingbird Salamander has been optioned by Netflix and Michael Sugar (Anonymous Content). Called "the weird Thoreau" by the New Yorker, VanderMeer frequently speaks about issues related to climate change and storytelling. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife Ann, cat ...

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