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Authority (The Southern Reach Trilogy) [Format Kindle]

Jeff VanderMeer

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In the second volume of the Southern Reach Trilogy, questions are answered, stakes are raised, and mysteries are deepened …

Following the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in ‘Annihilation’, the second book of the Southern Reach trilogy introduces John Rodriguez, the new head of the government agency responsible for the safeguarding of Area X. His first day is spent grappling with the fall-out from the last expedition. Area X itself remains a mystery. But, as instructed by a higher authority known only as The Voice, the self-styled Control must battle to ‘put his house in order’.

From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the mysteries of Area X begin to reveal themselves—and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he’s promised to serve.

Undermined and under pressure to make sense of everything, Rodriguez retreats into his past in a labyrinthine search for answers. Yet the more he uncovers, the more he risks, for the secrets of the Southern Reach are more sinister than anyone could have known.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 353 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0374104107
  • Editeur : Fourth Estate (6 mai 2014)
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20 internautes sur 21 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Surealism without much suspense 16 mai 2014
Par Ian Kaplan - Publié sur
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As soon as I finished Jeff VanderMeer's novel Annihilation, I bought the sequel, Authority. Soon after it arrived on my Kindle reader, I read Authority.

In Annihilation Jeff VanderMeer's writing really shined. His descriptions of the natural habitat and the artifacts in Area X were lyrical and strong. I can still see the "tower" and the lighthouse in my mind's eye. This was combined with the lurking dread of the Biologist exploring Area X, which provided the drive for VanderMeer's surrealistic plot.

Authority is told from the point of view of Control (the alias used by John Rodrigues) who is the newly appointed director of the Southern Reach, which is a sub-agency (of Central) that is assigned to research Area X.

VanderMeer's writing is still good, but the lyricism of describing the pristine wilderness of Area X is replaced by the claustrophobic description of the Southern Reach and its bureaucratic battles. The surrealism which is the hallmark of VanderMeer's writing dominates Authority. There were places where an event took place only to be explained in retrospect, which at times forced me to reread sections. In other places I found that some plot elements were not explained at all (what happens to Controls Mother?) Perhaps these plot elements will be picked up in Acceptance (which I have also ordered). The three books have the feel of a single large novel that is being published in three pieces.

By the end of the novel it is difficult to completely understand Control's motivations. Like the Biologist in Annihilation he's been so manipulated by both Central and, perhaps, Area X itself that it's hard to understand why he is doing what he does. The strangeness of VanderMeer's surreal plotting might also be sloppy plot construction. Although a final judgement on this will have to wait until I finish Acceptance.

The middle of a story is frequently not as good as the start or the end. Annihilation was so good that I have to hope that Authority is just such a plot bridge.

If you liked Annihilation then Authority is worth reading. It's certainly not a bad book and it provides new information about Area X and the Southern Reach. But I did not find the book as breathtaking as Annihilation. Having crossed this plot bridge, I hope that Acceptance will be as spectacular as the start of the series.
23 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Middle Book 6 mai 2014
Par S. E. Brinamon - Publié sur
Whereas Annihilation took you through the creepy landscape Area X, full of forests and overgrown moss and lighthouses and tower/tunnnels, Authority takes you through the creepy landscape of the Southern Reach, full of dank examination rooms and locked drawers and cluttered offices. Right away, Annihilation will answer some of your most burning questions from Annihilation, but immediately raise more. If you are on the fence about whether to continue this trilogy, rest assured that Authority is not just a continuation of Annihilation. Rather, it's a complication of it, a counterpoint.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Slower and a bit overlong, yet still fascinating and different. 10 mai 2014
Par Tom Alaerts - Publié sur
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You really have to read Annihilation first before sampling this middle volume in the trilogy.
In contrast with the weird expedition theme of volume 1, this one, focusing on the research and political machinations in the Southern Reach agency, reads more like an obsessive spy novel. It feels like Orwell and Kafka blended with a weird sauce.
Now this approach does slow things down, it is more a psychological cat and mouse game in a suffocating, nightmarish environment. Mind, it is still very good suspenseful reading yet I thought it could have been trimmed a bit.
Surprisingly, while the characters have names in this book, I found the protagonist less compelling than the biologist from volume 1.
The story, like detective or spy novels, will eventually lift a few of the deep layers of mystery, which is good - an imperfection of volume 1 was sometimes a sense of vagueness. Not everything needs to be explained of course (and I expect mysteries to remain at the end of the trilogy), yet I like that here the story is more crisp.
Of note, while for the large part a slower story, things really pick up spectacularly towards the end of the book, leaving us with a sense of impending apocalyptic doom.
The trilogy's movie rights have been picked up even before initial publication. I can see an adaptation working in the hands of a skillful director, but the slowly growing sense of malaise and dread, and the slow progress of discoveries would to my taste best be rendered as a high quality concise TV series - as it is a story that needs breathing space, an execution like for True Detective could do justice to these books.
These books are overhyped (or at least very well marketed). I do not consider them as a milestone in the weird fiction genre, yet even so the first 2 volumes are really good with elegant, well crafted prose. They offer the kind of weird atmosphere that can be found in the genre's best short stories, and it is rare to see this style being succesfully applied to the longer form.
Finally, how could I not like a book with this wonderful passage: "Megalodon mad. Megalodon not happy. Megalodon have tantrum."
15 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Slow and, dare I say, a bit dull after the first book 18 mai 2014
Par William C. Geoghegan - Publié sur
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After the eerie mood and fast-paced drama of "Annihilation" I found "Authority" a bit of a let down. In fact, very little in terms of drama happens in this second book, just office politics and a backstory that involves a controlling mother. I found enough of interest to finish the book but, like I said, parts of it were just a slog, and I kept waiting in anticipation for something a little more pulse pounding.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Different, still good, a bit exhausting 14 mai 2014
Par Grey - Publié sur
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This review will contain spoilers for Annihilation, considering that you should already have read it is you're considering buying Authority.

Authority has a fantastic beginning. We as readers know that the ill-fated expedition to Area X from the first book killed off most of its participants. The anthropologist was torn apart by the Crawler, the surveyor was shot by the biologist, the psychologist died from blood loss and the biologist herself fled north. And yet as Authority opens, the surveyor, anthropologist and biologist have all reemerged from Area X and have been brought in for questioning. There's a fundamental disconnect there that is fascinating and intriguing in a lot of ways.

However, VanderMeer loses the momentum and tremendous originality that permeated Annihilation as he pulls back the curtain on some of the mysteries of the Southern Reach. Without resorting to spoilers, Authority is a revelation of the shaky nature of the organization tasked with dispatching the expedition from the previous novel. I can't help but find some of the revelations disappointing and some of the information presented redundant from the first novel. The new lead character, who refers to himself as Control, has to take a long road just to come to terms with Area X in a way remotely comparable with the reader. His past is examined in the same way that the biologist's past was in Annihilation, but its not as interesting. I understand that VanderMeer has made a calculated decision to come at the mystery of Area X from a different angle, and I can at least respect him for that. I'm just exhausted from the red herrings.

Just like I said about Annihilation, Authority is nothing if not a page turner, especially in its second half. There are some memorable moments to be found late in the game, but they receive far less explanation than even those in Annihilation. The stage is adequately set for the grand finale, but there are way too many loose threads to tie this thing up neat.

The Southern Reach trilogy has apparently been optioned for a movie. I really don't know how that will work. Annihilation would make an okay movie, aside from the fact that I don't have the foggiest idea how the Crawler could be represented in film. There really isn't enough material to stretch Authority into a full movie. I agree with one of my fellow reviewers that it would work better on television. I'd personally like to see all three books done as a ten part HBO miniseries. That would be the best way to do justice to this strange story.
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