Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Book Review: Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer

Pros: fascinating story, get some concrete answers

Cons: lots of detail

Picking up where book two leaves off, Acceptance follows three individuals: Saul, the lighthouse keeper in the days before Area X; the Director and the lead up to the twelfth expedition; and Control and Ghost Bird, wandering through Area X, looking for the Biologist on the island.

While I enjoyed Saul’s story the most, it was fantastic finally learning more about Area X’s creation and the Southern Reach’s real inner workings. While not every mystery is solved, enough concrete answers are given that having to interpret some for yourself is fine.

The story does get bogged down in details at times, making some parts harder to get through than others. I found my mind wandering at times and had to reread sections to make sure I wasn’t missing something essential.

It was a good conclusion to the series, bringing in a lot of elements from both of the previous books. 

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