Southern Reach Trilogy

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 9,342 ratings

Area X Publisher's Summary

If J. J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a series, it might be this awesome.

This collection includes all three novels in the epic Southern Reach trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance. Praised for its evocative prose, chilling psychological twists, and intriguing story arc, this series has amassed high critical and popular acclaim, with book one landing on the New York Times best sellers list.

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

©2014 VanderMeer Creative, Inc. Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance © 2014 by VanderMeer Creative, Inc. (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1-3

    • Area X

    • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
    • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3,077
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2,878
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2,891

    Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Almost Great

    • By clifford on 12-26-15

    Regular price: $38.46

  • Book 1

    • Annihilation

    • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4,457
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,119
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4,121

    Area X 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator Ruined it for me.

    • By K. Louise Seal on 03-18-16

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Annihilation

    • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 201
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 190

    Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilisation. 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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't like the narrator

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-12-17

    Regular price: $9.05

    • Annihilation

    • The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. This is the 12th expedition, and their group is made up of four women. Part of their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens, and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers, but it's the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.  

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • The worst audiobook I've ever listened to

    • By David on 07-13-18

    Regular price: $16.95

  • Book 2

    • Authority

    • Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 926
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 852
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 853

    For 30 years, a secret agency called the Southern Reach has monitored expeditions into Area X - a remote and lush terrain mysteriously sequestered from civilization. After the 12th expedition, the Southern Reach is in disarray, and John Rodriguez (a.k.a. "Control") is the team's newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and more than two hundred hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves - and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he's promised to serve.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Out of Control - Spoiler Free

    • By Daniel Grant on 08-22-14

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Authority

    • The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    In the second volume of the Southern Reach Trilogy, questions are answered, stakes are raised, and mysteries are deepened.… Following the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the second book of the Southern Reach trilogy introduces John Rodriguez, the new head of the government agency responsible for the safeguarding of Area X. His first day is spent grappling with the fall-out from the last expedition. Area X itself remains a mystery.

    Regular price: $16.77

    • Authority

    • The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    For 30 years, a secret agency called the Southern Reach has monitored expeditions into Area X - a remote and mysterious place that's sequestered from civilization. After the twelfth expedition, the Southern Reach is in disarray, and John Rodriguez (a.k.a. "Control") is the team's newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and more than 200 hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves - and what they expose pushes Control to confront truths about both himself and the agency he's promised to serve.

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Acceptance

    • The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 640
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 581
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 579

    It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown - navigating new terrain and new challenges - the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting. In the final installment 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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting and compelling but what was that?

    • By Laura A. Sedor on 10-14-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Acceptance

    • The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands, Carolyn McCormick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    The highly anticipated third volume of the haunting, disturbing, and evocative Southern Reach trilogy.It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border, on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown, navigating new terrain and new challenges, the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting. In this last instalment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved.

    Regular price: $16.77

    • Acceptance

    • The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    It is winter in Area X, the mysterious wilderness that has defied explanation for 30 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. 

    Regular price: $19.95