Authority (book review)

A book review from The Movie Snob.

Authority, by Jeff VanderMeer (2014).  This is “Book 2 of the Southern Reach Trilogy.”  (I reviewed Book 1, Annihilation, a while back; you can read about it here.)  Here’s the set-up: a decent-sized chunk of the United States has been almost completely cut off from the rest of the world by some sort of invisible force field, and weird, alien stuff is going on inside what is now called “Area X.”  In Book 1, we learned the fate of an expedition of four women sent into Area X for reconnaissance and study purposes.  In Book 2, we see what the authorities outside Area X are doing in the aftermath of that expedition.  John “Control” Rodriguez is the new director of the agency studying Area X, and he quickly has his hands full as he tries to keep his weird subordinates under control while simultaneously learning all he can about Area X.  I didn’t think this book was as successful as Book 1, but my curiosity is sufficiently aroused that I will finish the trilogy off here one of these days.

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