Acceptance - Jeff VanderMeer


By Jeff VanderMeer

  • Release Date: 2014-09-02
  • Genre: Literary
Acceptance book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 206 Ratings)

Acceptance Jeff VanderMeer Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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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User reviews about this book

  • Beautiful and Haunting

    By Dryas Iulia
    Don’t read this if you don't like: nature, mystery, people and words…or if you want someone to spoon-feed you a story. I came for the sci-fi; but I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the characters and their relationships. After I finished this I immediately ordered the compilation hard cover for my husband. Honestly it’s going to take everything I have not to sit and watch him read it like a creeper~ (I’ll probably just read it again!)
  • It's ok

    By Wildfreesia2012
    It's beautifully written. It's meandering. Back and forth, back and forth, wordy, wordy, wordy. All the answers are in the story, but it's vague and makes you work, so it's too much work to be entertaining. But then, entertaining was not the author's object. It reflects this world's morbid lack of hope. I appreciate the author's love of nature. If he used the word banal one more time I think I would have been driven into that burning light myself.
  • Not worth the time

    By aeilynn
    Too many one dimensional characters in a soup of confusion. The first book was good. The second really served no purpose, and the third was an exhausting climb up a loose hill of sand: lots of work for no reward.
  • Doesn’t add to the series

    By Jerbun
    The first book of the series was amazing. I immediately bought the second book to find out more about the story. Then, the second book just lost that drive. Ever hopeful, I figured it would primarily be setup for a grand finale. It was not. This book almost reads like he was only going to get paid if it was a three book series. It doesn’t add almost anything to the story. The little it does add creates more questions than it answers. I think the author just came up with a lot of good ideas to provide suspense and a sense of wonderment, but never figured out why those things should exist.
  • Dull and frustrating

    By Ian30005
    Well, that's about 40-hours of my life I won't get back. I found the first book interesting, but the second got bogged down, and the third was torture. It's one of those times you keep going, just in case there's an interesting conclusion. There wasn't!
  • Unsettling Conclusion of The Southern Reach

    By Prairie_Dog
    The final volume of the Southern Reach Trilogy is quite far reaching. We are treated to point of view flashbacks from many of the major characters that featured prominently in the first two books. The narrative is very personal, and tells us a lot about how events unfolded. However, if you are looking for tidy explanations for everything about Area X, you will be disappointed. There are many answers, but not all of them are complete, or satisfying. Like our characters, you will simply have to practice "Acceptance" and realize that not everything that is so alien can be understood by humans.
  • Wow

    By Karlbozeman
    I love reading this book, and I loved the conclusion too. It answers just enough questions without giving the whole thing away. This was definitely my favorite in the whole series!
  • Well paced and immersive.

    By B.H. Vrux
    The trilogy occasionally rambles vaguely, yet in an opaque, subtle way difficult to identify, it crafted tangible feelings of dread and unease in my mind. Reading it alone in bed with the lights off was delightfully immersive; it's rare I'm drawn into a book to this extent.
  • Jeff VanderMeer Trilogy

    By Arrghh!
    Very disappointing. Don't bother to waste your time reading. Rambling, incoherent, disjointed. Is Jeff planning to write some more books to sell to us that leave us full of frustration? Let's think of some really crazy idea...then let's add in some poorly developed characters and then let's have word diarrhea. Actually it would be more fun to just bang our heads against a brick wall.
  • I will never purchase a series again

    By Techlady4160
    Hard to follow. Filled with ponderous nonsense. Built on a sandy foundation (hypnosis, really?). Every story thread leads nowhere. Three books filled with crap designed to get money out of you in three installations.

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