Authority (Jeff VanderMeer)

Authority is the second novel in The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer.
Finished on: 4.3.2018
[Here’s my review of Annihilation, the first novel.]

John Rodriguez, who likes to be called Control, has recently taken over the Southern Reach agency. It’s a disorienting agency and Control has trouble getting his bearings. People seem to keep things from him. His handler, called The Voice, isn’t happy with him and his progress. His assistant Grace might be plotting against him. And anyway, what is the deal with Area X in the first place?

Authority gives us an entirely different perspective on Area X than Annihilation did and I loved it in all its fucked-up weirdness.

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Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer)

Annihiliation is the first novel in The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer.
Finished on: 9.12.2017

A biologist, a psychologist, a surveyor and an athropologist cross over the border into Area X. Strange things are going on there and the four women are tasked to find out more about the goings-on inside the area. They are the 12th expedition already. The biologist’s husband was part of the 11th. So far, no expedition has returned as they have left, if they returned at all. Something weird is going on there, as the small group quickly learns.

Annihilation is an absolutely strange read that I’m still not entirely sure I actually understand but that was utterly engrossing – whether because or despite of that, I do not know. I just know that it gave me goosebumps more than once.

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