Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance
  • Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance
  • Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation; Authority; Acceptance
ISBN: 1443428450
EAN13: 9781443428453
Language: English
Pages: 608
Dimensions: 1.7" H x 8.2" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A single-volume hardcover edition that brings together the three volumes of the Southern Reach Trilogy, which were originally published as paperback originals in February, May, and September 2014.

Annihilation
is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, Authority is the second, and Acceptance is the third.
Area X-a remote and lush terrain-has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
This is the twelfth expedition.
Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
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5
   If you enjoy weird tales and conspiracy theories and more importantly well ...
Unlike anything I have ever read, full of wonder and mystery. If you enjoy bizarre stories and conspiracy theories and more importantly well crafted prose, you will appreciate this book thoroughly. I can 't praise it highly enough!
 
5
   Fantastic read
I was very happy to see these three books collected in one volume ''. A fantastic work, and highly recommended to anyone who wants to read something that will haunt and challenge them long after they close their books.
 
5
   Fabulous
I am on my second reading. See the article in the New Yorker on January 15, 2015, for a good article on it.
 
5
   Try it, you'll like it!
Three seriously engaging books as one! I love how the storytelling style shifts from book to book, and it keeps you interested through out.
 
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   An Anorgasmic Bore
I kept reading first, then hoping for some kind of crescendo and resolution, but it never happens. It is kind of like driving through Kansas. You know that you are moving and you're hoping that the flat featureless terrain will change. You check in for the night at a ramshackle roadside motel. The TV has 3 local channels and the water is warm humid and the AC unit blows just hard air and squirts. The next day you drive through the featureless plains again, praying for something to change. Reading this book is like reading this book, pointless.
 
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   Fantastic Series... with 30 pages printed upsidedown
I love this series and reading it for the second time. HOWEVER, this edition I received has pages 151-182 printed upsidedown for some reason. For a moment, I thought it was an artistic choice, as this series could easily be written upsidedown or sideways or backwards, and it would not be strange. But it is not, it is a printing error. See the photo. Fortunately, it resumes the story after these 31 baffling pages, as though it never happened. I would have just turned it over and read it, but the sentences are cut off at the top of the pages. If yours is like mine, the story resumes. Don 't return it. But bad Lord is this a good printing job.
 
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   Confusing; bewildering; redundant
I had read somewhere that this was a book you need to read before seeing the movie. I did so. The movie is based only loosely on the first book, so it is not really a good comparison. Regarding the book, I think Jeff Vandermeer wrote some eloquent and perhaps even exquisite sentences throughout the trilogy. In my opinion, he is a genius with words. Unfortunately, these words and sentences provided very little substance... no plot and an ultimately pointless story. In my opinion, Mr. Vandermeer would have to be really agitated to write this meandering collection of plotlessness, and I wish I would have had some magic mushrooms while reading it. There was absolutely no point to the entire story, which was constructed in expertly crafted sentences, but said nothing.
 
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   Don't waste your time and money.
While the first book started with some interesting ideas, it was confusing. Once you get to the second book, you are bored to tears. If I'm uncertain that the author ever explains the plot or what is going on in the book, right through to the last line.
 
5
   The Perfect Edition To Read This Classic Trilogy.
An epic sci-fi story that needs to be read in its entirety, as it is presented in this beautiful issue. Like Justin Cronin's PASSAGE series, these books are really a larger tomb, blending and converging to an exciting, perhaps frustrating climax. For readers who like completely explained things, they will be disappointed to learn that much is left to theory and imagination.
 
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   AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!
The first completed Annihilation at the end of 2017. I liked it but was not necessarily a favorite. I decided to hold off for the next two novels, because I had a lot of books that I am currently reading. I can not wait for the movie to come out and see it once... twice. I read through what I was doing and read parts of it again and my heart was racing with excitement as I read through the next two novels. The book and the film complimented each other so well and changed my perception and ideas about its true meaning in a way I never experienced with a book or a film. This was truly one of the most original and incredible experiences I ever had.
 
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