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Critical Praise

“AUTHORITY isn’t a book that just picks up where the last one left off. Instead, it’s packed full of new pleasures, not only new characters and settings but whole new kinds of writing. If ANNIHILATION is an expedition novel painted with a thick coat of weird, then AUTHORITY is a spy novel given the same dark lacquer…Which makes me desperate to know what the third book is going to be like --- whether it will be some mixture of the two, Jurassic Park meets James Bond, or some third thing entirely.” 

—Robin Sloan, author of MR. PENUMBRA‚ÄôS 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE

“A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it.” 

—Lauren Beukes, author of THE SHINING GIRLS

“After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it’s every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction…VanderMeer is an expert fearmonger, but his strongest suit, what makes his novel a standout, is his depiction of the biologist…Speculative fiction at its most transfixing.” 

—Kirkus Reviews, starred review