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Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer
  

Acceptance

Part of the The Southern Reach Trilogy Series
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August 2015 Series of the Month.

The highly anticipated third volume of the haunting, disturbing and evocative Southern Reach trilogy. In this last instalment 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. I am an absolute sucker both for quest-through-the-wilderness tales, and for post-apocalyptic landscapes. Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy delivers both, in creepily brilliant and utterly unforgettable style. In this the second volume of the Southern Reach Trilogy, questions are answered, stakes are raised, and mysteries are deepened. It all gets progressively more sinister and alien and uncanny and disastrous - I'm not sure I've read a trilogy which scared me, and stayed with me so much, for years. A slice of dreamily written, haunting literary science fiction flows through the whole trilogy. ~ Alison Flood

The Southern Reach Trilogy:
1. Annihilation
2. Authority
3. Acceptance

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first in the Southern Reach trilogy, Annihilation. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Jennifer Rainbow - 'Imaginative, compulsively readable and at times unnerving, I loved this book it dragged me into it's weird world and wouldn't let go. An unusual book, an antidote to popular 'normal' fiction.'
  • Victoria Emerson - 'I loved this book! With its beautifully written prose, and dark and eerie setting I couldn't put it down.'
  • Suzanne James - 'I don't often say this but I just couldn't put it down. From the very beginning this had me hooked...'
  • Russ Pasquill - 'This novel quickly creates an eerie, unnerving atmosphere in what appears to be a pleasant wild life park.'
  • Karen McIntosh - 'The story of what they find and who or what is behind it is interesting and I did enjoy the book.'
  • Judith Griffith - 'An atmospheric read but doesn't quite develop as well as expected and leaves you unfulfilled at the end. But then it is the first of a trilogy!'
  • Ray Orgill - 'This first book of The Southern Reach trilogy has all the makings of a cult series.'
  • Judith Smith - 'Totally compelling - I couldn't put it down.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'A strangely compelling read which left me wanting to know what happened next, which is a good enough reason to now get books two & three!'
  • Sarah Musk - 'An intriguing, mysterious book set in the mysterious Area X where some environmental disaster has occurred. A chilling read with images that are difficult to forget.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I really enjoyed this book as it has a dreamlike quality to it so you are constantly wondering what is going to happen next. We get glimpses into the past too ... making it hard to put down as you want this crew to do well and get the hell out of there!'
  • Clare Topping - 'It is one of those books that became a page turner about halfway through. For anyone into serious sci-fi then this is probably bland and perhaps slightly unoriginal. That said, I am considering reading the other two books…'
  • Teresa O'Halloran - 'A very weird book about a very weird and creepy place. At times I felt afraid to turn the page.'
  • Cyllene Griffiths - 'It’s a while since I read a truly spooky sci-fi thriller but Annihilation definitely hits the spot - be aware that you will have to get the next in the trilogy! Not only thought-provoking but truly a page turner, with vivid and involving descriptions.'
  • Zarina de Ruiter - 'Annihilation has a promising premise, that's for sure, but there is such a thing as being too ambiguous and VanderMeer has, to me, unfortunately tipped too far into that direction.'

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Synopsis

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

The Southern Reach trilogy draws to a close and it is winter in Area X. One last, desperate team embarks across the border, determined to reach a remote island that may hold the answers they've been seeking. As they press deeper into the unknown, the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting.

Reviews

Praise for ANNIHILATION and the SOUTHERN REACH TRILOGY:

'I'm loving the Southern Reach Trilogy ... Creepy and fascinating
Stephen King

'Hauntingly weird and brilliantly new ... These are contemporary masterpieces and career-defining novels'
Adam Robert, Books of the Year, Guardian

'This trilogy is a modern mycological masterpiece ... Remarkable ... Tense, eerie and unsettling ... VanderMeer writes much better prose than Poe ever did ... This is genuinely potent and dream-haunting writing. VanderMeer has arrived.'
Guardian

'A teeming science fiction that draws on Conrad and Lovecraft alike ... Annihilation shows signs of being the novel that will allow VanderMeer to break through to a new and larger audience'
Sunday Telegraph

'A lasting monument to the uncanny ... You find yourself afraid to turn the page'
Guardian

'VanderMeer's novel is a psycho-geographical tour de force, channelling Ballard and Lovecraft to instil the reader with a deep, delicious unease'
Financial Times

'What a haunting book this is, lodging deep in the memory in similar fashion to otherworldly classics such as David Lindsay's A Voyage To Arcturus ... Annihilation is so disquietingly strange as to defy summarisation. Read it'
Daily Mail

'Astonishing, frightening, spectacular ... The imaginative daring and reach with which VanderMeer has invented and executed a concept such as Area X is breathtaking ... Powerful and echoing ... I hope the trilogy will come to be seen not only as the instant sci-fi classic it is, but also as Literature'
New Statesman

'Immersive, insightful and often deeply bloody creepy, this is a startlingly good novel ... A major work' ***** SFX Magazine 'A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unravelling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot of Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and claustrophobic dread that lingers long afterwards. I loved it'
Lauren Beukes

'Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent'
Warren Ellis

About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. His fiction has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and in multiple year’s-best anthologies. He writes nonfiction for the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

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Publication date

30th July 2015

Author

Jeff VanderMeer

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Publisher

Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
352 pages

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ISBN

9780008139124

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