Authority: A Novel

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, May 6, 2014 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

I wasn't really prepared for this book to switch perspectives so radically. Authority is no longer told from the point of view of the biologist, nor from anyone who has been in Area X at all. Suddenly ... Read full review

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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

This book was even more frustratingly obscure and mysterious that I think I liked the first book better. About half way through the book I was as frustrated with how little Area X made sense as the ... Read full review

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Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. 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 anthologies. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

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