I almost just put this in the Movies thread where the current Annihilation convo is happening, but then I remembered this exists
Just finished Authority last night–I liked it but not nearly as much as Annihilation. I’m excited to finish the trilogy, but man that book drags a lot in the middle. I fully support the general approach to the novel, I think another book set entirely within Area X would have been bad, it’s more the details of how it’s written that I found irritating.
I get that all of the “red herrings” are there (presumably?) to reflect the protag’s paranoid state, but it just feels like filler that doesn’t go anywhere, and then the last 50 pages are just overstuffed with plot and character development. The pacing is so weird.