Book - 2014
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It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown, navigating new terrain and new challenges, the threat to the outside world becomes more daunting.
Publisher: London, Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780007553532
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 19 cm.


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Jul 15, 2018

Seriously ... you won't get the time spent reading this series back. There are simply so many better, thought-provoking and/or more entertaining books out there to read. If you must, stop at the first book or just watch its film adaptation.

May 13, 2018

The third novel in the Southern Reach Trilogy is easily the worst. I enjoyed the first novella, which was really short, but this third installment was all filler. If you take away the verbose description all that remains is about 50 pages of actual action. That makes for a very boring novel. This one is a full length novel, not a short novella like the previous two. It is told over four different time periods by four different people/viewpoints. What caused Area X? A biosphere that was demolished in space that catapulted into Earth's atmosphere and down into the lighthouse's four ton lens which was later drilled out by a military science dweeb named Henry to recreate itself here on Earth. Soooo disappointing and anticlimactic. I won't be reading any more Van Der Meer novels.

DCLadults Apr 05, 2018

No solid ending here, which disappoints a bit. However, I loved how well this book intertwined with the storylines of the preceding two. A tempo that lulls you into a false sense of security even when you know something creepy it inevitably going to happen, and does.

Mar 29, 2017

The very fragmentation of this third in the trilogy is deliberate, and in itself completely unsettling - point of view, narration, timeframe, how quickly time passes, how reliable a narrator might be, even the very use of language and perception - nothing is stable when the reader desperately wants it to be so. VanderMeer is taking the genre to a different level, in all three books: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. Horror does not need to explain itself, but as he shows, can be even more effective if it feeds your imagination and makes it hungry for more explanation than will ever be forthcoming.

Jul 15, 2016

I loved the characters. Each character's story adds a different piece to the puzzle that is Area X. The environmentalist theme is timely. The story is deliciously mysterious, ambiguous, and open to interpretation.

CRRL_ScottPhillips Jul 14, 2016

Third of his "Southern Reach" trilogy; anytime I hang in there to read three consecutive parts of a series, you can bet it is really really good. O you'll be hearing more about these.....

Apr 25, 2016

Not sure what to make of this final installment of the trilogy, and that right there is the problem for this book... Perhaps I just didn't invest enough time in trying to understand the points being made, underlying themes, etc... but while there are moments that I enjoyed as a whole I found it hard to appreciate.

Jun 01, 2015

Since I really enjoyed the first two books in this series I forced myself to read this book just so that I know how it all ends. Without giving away any spoilers (because they aren't any) I would not bother to read this book. It is horribly fragmented and filled with completely irrelevant pieces of...words? Honestly at times you feel like you are reading poetry rather than a novel. The story stumbles around in fits in starts but never really tells the reader anything. It completely ruined the first two books for me as now I can't feel like I could recommend this series to anyone.

lib_apart Mar 21, 2015

I started this trilogy with book 3, Acceptance, so I was a little lost as to the characters and intrigue and what exactly Area X may be. However, Vandermeer's writing style is so compellingly readable that I stuck with it. Plus, the beautiful cover art really is striking and the owl on the cover does have a scene that, like the book itself, is beautiful, wild and complex.

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Jul 03, 2017

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Oct 28, 2015

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