It is winter in Area X, the mysterious wilderness that has defied explanation for thirty 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, made up our minds to achieve a remote island that can hold the answers they have been searching for. If they fail, the outer world is in peril.
Meanwhile, Acceptance tunnels ever deeper into the circumstances surrounding the creation of Area X–what initiated this unnatural upheaval? Some of the many who have tried, who has gotten on the subject of figuring out Area X–and who will have been corrupted by it?
In this New York Times bestselling final installment of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, the mysteries of Area X could also be solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound–or terrifying.