“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 Rodríguez (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.”
Authority is the second book by Jeff Vandermeer in the Science Fiction series, Southern Reach, whose first movie, Annihilation, as been made into a movie adaptation. I have yet to see the movie adaptation, not hearing good things about it, but have been making my way through this book series.
After reading book one in this series, I was left confused and with so many questions, actually questioning whether to continue on with this series. However, if you know me, you will know how I need these answers and soon found myself diving into book 2, which I was grateful to find on my audiobook subscription. Whereas Annihilation is told through the Biologist, Authority is told through a new character, the Controller. We are no longer in Area X, but trying to discover the events within and what happened to the characters who went into Area X and how they got out.
The mystery that surrounded Area X continues to build and add throughout this book, building my interest in this book and world, with me wanting and needing to know more. Within this book I did actually get some answers that I had bothered me when I finished Annihilation, such as what had happened to the Biologist? Why are they not being referred to by name but only by their title? But the amount of questions I had got added to and I got the some of the same questions repeated! Come on Vandermeer, I need answers!! Please.
I did actually like the character of the Controller and seeing this world and the characters from a different perspective, having my questions being asked out loud, was nice to see. There were moments while listening to the audiobook, while listening in the dark, late at night, that were truly creepy and I found myself tempted to knock the light on or knock the book off, but I was so invested that that wasn’t happening. Lets hope the series ends on a high and those questions finally get answered!