Book 3, The Southern Reach Trilogy - A Novel
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It is winter in Area X, the mysterious wilderness that has defied explanation for thirty years, rebuffing expedition after expedition, refusing to reveal its secrets. As Area X expands, the agency tasked with investigating and overseeing it--the Southern Reach--has collapsed on itself in confusion. Now one last, desperate team crosses the border, determined to reach a remote island that may hold the answers they've been seeking. If they fail, the outer world is in peril.
Meanwhile, Acceptance tunnels ever deeper into the circumstances surrounding the creation of Area X--what initiated this unnatural upheaval? Among the many who have tried, who has gotten close to understanding Area X--and who may have been corrupted by it?
In this last installment of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may be solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound--or terrifying.
Publishers Weekly Review
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A spectacular end
Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer is the final book in The Southern Reach Trilogy, and it's a perfect closing curtain.
Acceptance brings back the intensely ominous feeling introduced in Annihilation, the series' first book, but on a much grander scale. Much of the story takes place in flashbacks, we're taken back to the events that took place before Annihilation, to everything that led up to the disastrous Twelfth Expedition into Area X and the subsequent shifting within the Southern Reach. We also go back to a little place called the Forgotten Coast, a place where misfits, outcasts gathered to make a home. A quaint costal village complete with a lighthouse and its gruff, but kind keeper. A rustic place, but a good place, a nice place to live until something turned it into a nightmare, a biological disaster; Area X. In this final book, by way of glimpses into life on the Forgotten Coast, we see the horrific creation of Area X.
Acceptance begins with the death of a character, a death that occurs toward the end of Annihilation. We learn about her life through flashbacks, yet we also know that she is damned. We know that the Forgotten Coast is damned, that the people we learn about, grow to care about, will be lost. The horror of the book, and really, the trilogy as a whole, is witnessing this slow fall and knowing that no matter what, it won't be stopped. Though, we get to see points at which maybe if different decisions were made, Area X might not have been made. Knowing that so much loss wasn't inevitable, that it could have possibly been avoided, makes the loss that much more painful. We keep reading because we want to know the whats and the whys that birthed Area X, but also, there's still the right now, the world after the creation of Area X. That part of the story is completely uncertain, it's ultimately why I kept turning pages until a late night became an early morning. I wanted to know if our world would survive, or if Area X would envelope everything. I know, but I won't say. I don't want to say more, I don't want to make reading Acceptance pointless while trying to convey why it's so spectacular.
The Southern Reach Trilogy is a masterpiece, it is brilliantly conceived and written. Acceptance is what seals the deal, it's a truly remarkable end to a beautiful, sad, scary as all Hell work of fiction.
I will never purchase a series again
Hard to follow. Filled with ponderous nonsense. Built on a sandy foundation (hypnosis, really?). Every story thread leads nowhere. Three books filled with crap designed to get money out of you in three installations.
Jeff VanderMeer Trilogy
Very disappointing. Don't bother to waste your time reading. Rambling, incoherent, disjointed.
Is Jeff planning to write some more books to sell to us that leave us full of frustration?
Let's think of some really crazy idea...then let's add in some poorly developed characters and then let's have word diarrhea. Actually it would be more fun to just bang our heads against a brick wall.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Sep 02, 2014
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 250 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 3, The Southern Reach Trilogy