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The third and final book in VanderMeer's acclaimed Southern Reach Trilogy.

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 only more daunting. In this last installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound-or terrifying.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2014
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443428439
Branch Call Number: SF VAN
Characteristics: 341 p. ;,20 cm


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Jun 12, 2021

I was glad to finish this series, but there wasn't a lot of closure at the end. I appreciated the change in narrative styles but mostly what kept me going was the desire to just say that I'd read all three books. First book was definitely the best, the other two feel more like fillers.

Jul 17, 2019

The final book of the Southern Reach trilogy rounds out the series well enough to be satisfying, all while leaving the reader with questions that I can leave unanswered. Reading this series feels like watching a season of Lost; I had a great time along the way, feel reasonably confused, but I'm somehow okay with it.

Jan 17, 2019

The sequence of events throughout the trilogy was very awkward as this 3rd book explained so many more situations and expanded on what happened in the earlier books. It would have been much more entertaining for the reader to know the background while trudging through the first couple of books. The only real action throughout the book series was the last 40-50 pages of the 3rd book. It's a shame that a story line so good did not come out with a better output. As I stated in review of the first book, the books get better as you go along but still not the worth the investment as time could be spent on better reads.

Dec 10, 2018

The mysteries are answered in this final book of the trilogy — or are they? Four characters, three in the past and one in the present, provide context and meaning for Area X: the lighthouse keeper - what was the role of the lighthouse?; the Director - what was special about her and Expedition 12?; and whither the Biologist and her doppelgänger Ghost Bird? Their phantasmagoric narratives provide some explanations while still leaving much for conjecture. Acceptance is atmospheric and oppressive like a Forgotten Coast summer, but strangely anti-climatic and missing the portent of the first book.

Sep 01, 2018

The denouement of this Southern Reach was as to be expected in a series where the atmosphere was the important part. Not much wrapping up of the story nor is there any obvious analogies. A pretty standardized look at at Humans and their interactions with the environment as well as the ubiquitous evil spy agency. Overall the trilogy was not t worth it for me but I would recommend reading Book 2 first, then 1 then 3 if you read it. Reading Authority first at least makes Annihilation less illogical about how the exploration missions inside Area X are conceived and executed.

Aug 07, 2018

Another, perhaps better, title for this 3rd instalment of the Southern Reach trilogy: Revelations. At least it wouldn't telegraph what happens in this book, the way "Acceptance" does.

I won't telegraph anything, either. Except to say: LOTS of revelations.

It's a good book, wraps up the series well. Life--and Area X and its effects--go on, of course, but as far as the literary (and most literate) series is concerned, Southern Reach is "done." And so, too, are the remaining characters. At least, as we have known them...

I was left wanting...not something more--but certainly something ELSE, especially about the biggest revelation of all (if you're into the series, then you know what THAT revelation is.) So, a bit of a disappointment--although certainly appreciate the author's writing skill.

Unlike the first two instalments, much less internal maundering and, instead, lots of external "action."

Jul 31, 2018

Given how much I liked the first two books in the Southern Reach trilogy this book was a disappointment. Still worth a read if you've made it this far but the ending wasn't for me.

Jul 30, 2018

Vandermeer's third book of his Southern Reach trilogy is a fitting end to his unique story. I found myself flying through the chapters desperate to search for clues to the mystery and to discover what becomes of the four central characters. The ending left me mostly satisfied, but like other great works of SciFi, left me with a taste of wanting more.

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
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