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Satisfying end to a fantastic Trilogy!
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2019
This being the final installment to the Southern Reach Trilogy, I enjoyed it immensely!
First I enjoyed the first book Annihilation and the sequel Authority, after enjoying the film version 'Annihilation' which I didn't enjoy as much as 'The Southern Reach Trilogy' books.
'Acceptance' was such a satisfying ending to me and kind of shocked by the negative reviews but then I felt these stories hit me on a more personal level than I was originally prepared for when I read them. The biologist was my favorite character throughout and I loved getting insight on her along with more characters I thought were forgotten after 'Authority' .
While there isn't a huge reveal of anything at the end, I felt you got to know more than I felt was even necessary for the characters and even Area X, which became a character it'self which I really thought was a nice touch. The author gives great depth to what it would be like to encounter Area X and how it started and not necessarily where it came from through his characters.
Like I said though I loved this more from a personal battle I've been having with depression and a bad life situation. It was a nice escape into a like mind(biologist) while giving me room to identify myself into something wondrous and weird. Unlike others I wasn't expecting a huge grand reveal on what Area X is/was since even the characters never really could and probably would not. I did not find the end as a huh? moment though like others it made me realize our journeys are as organic as Area X, very much alive and at times different, terrifying but very real. You do get an idea of Area X though, it's all there if you want it to be. Great stories are the ones that don't need to be explained thoroughly but they need to give you the information to figure the ending out for yourself.
Seriously I loved this trilogy and I do plan on reading it through again someday! Worth your time if you have a open mind and love Horror-SciFi that requires thought.