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Acceptance (Southern Reach #3)

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....

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ISBN : 9780374104115
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Number of Pages : 341 pages
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Acceptance (Southern Reach #3) Reviews

  • Stephen

    Acceptance like the first two books in the Southern Reach trilogy is surreal and environmental; Area X invades and alters everything it touches. I was not however as wowed by the language, nor did I become as immersed in the narrative as Annihilation. Acceptance also lacks Authority's intrigue and creep factor. It reads more as a formulaic (though unusual) multi-point narrative. It is disjointed, much too long, and the ending feels like a cop out.

    My biggest problem with Acceptance is what Vander

    The only solution to the environment is neglect, which requires our collapse.
    While I do not advocate for environment at the expense of mankind, I do think we need to find a better balance. We are not good custodians of nature. Even at our most altruistic, we like Area X seek to distort ecosystems to our desires. In seeking to tame the wild in wilderness, we often destroy what is most valuable. And the result is rarely improvement. More often than not we only increase risk--from fire, flood, disease, etc--to the way of life we are seek to enhance. ...more

  • Tammie

    Though not the best conclusion, I enjoyed the entire Southern Reach Trilogy. The series was strange but also incredibly well-written and completely unique. I have to admit that I found Acceptance the weaker of the three books, with Annihilation being my favorite. I’d recommend this trilogy to science fiction fans or people wanting to read something that is different/original.

  • Katie

    But what if you discover that the price of purpose is to render invisible so many other things?

    So....I loved this a lot. This was better than I ever hoped that it would be, and after the first two I hoped that it would be pretty great. Acceptance is weird and abstract and beautiful and sad.

    The final book in VanderMeer's trilogy follows three parallel plotlines: Saul the lighthouse keeper, Gloria's first trip into Area X, and the rag-tag remnant of survivors from Authority. The thing that really
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  • Carmen

    NO SPOILERS. NO TE PREOCUPES.

    Bodies could be beacons, too, Saul knew. A lighthouse was a fixed beacon for a fixed purpose; a person was a moving one. But people still emanated light in their way, still shone across the miles as a warning, an invitation, or even just a static signal. People opened up so they became a brightness, or they went dark. They turned their light inward sometimes, so you couldn't see it, because they had no other choice.

    The final exploration of Area X. After the catastrop
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  • Jason

    3 Stars

    4 Stars for the overall series....

    Acceptance, the bold final installment of the Southern Reach series fell flat for me. This was the slowest book of the series even though we return to the mysterious Area X. If you have read the other two books you know what to expect from this one.

    Unfortunately, by the very nature of the Area X in combination with our Identity crisis protagonists, we the reader are left with very little to connect to. I felt impatient while reading this. The mystery and
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  • Fiona

    I got this on Netgalley and promptly went out and bought the first two. Because I am ridiculous and apparently really easily marketable to. Anyway, I liked them a lot. The reviews for them are here and here. Since you are, I think, best off reading all three of them in order and in one go, I’ll try and make the review below devoid of too many spoilers for any of the trilogy. Do hiss/spit feathers at me if I fail, but I’ll try.

    Acceptance is a weird beast: in a way it felt a bit like neither one t
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  • Maria

    After Authority's "nothing happens and you're gonna like it" plot line, this was exhilarating. The excellent pacing from Annihilation is back! And the beautiful, disturbing prose is still here, as ever.

    There are no neat answers here. In fact, I have several questions. I call this "my own damn fault for reading so quickly" (forgive me, it was exciting). Well, I'm not sure how much is that and how much is intended/unintended ambiguity on the part of the author. Which is fitting, for Area X.

    If anyo
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  • Melki

    Area X was looking at her through dead eyes. Area X was analyzing her from all sides. It made her feel like an outline created by the regard bearing down on her, one that moved only because the regard moved with her, held her constituent atoms together in a coherent shape. And yet the eyes upon her felt familiar.

    I'm not sure why none of these books have captured me like Annihilation. There was just something about those four nameless female scientists that held me rapt and it has not been repe
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