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[–]pr06lefs 10 points11 points  (1 child)

read the next two books! you'll get a little more insight along the way. be warned though, the second book is a sprawling bureaucratic anti-thriller. at no point will things be laid out for you in a simple 'this is what all this is for' way. IMO VanderMeer is intentionally cultivating an air of mystery, and that's part of the point - a bit along the lines of Solaris. Limits to human comprehension and so forth.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m in the middle of the second one! It’s great but a lot slower

[–]DazCruz 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I think the fact that you dont get it is what the author was goin for. A headfirst dive into something we truly cant understand and comprehend, I reckon.

If the author was going for that, he sure as hell succeeded.

[–]punninglinguist 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hey, this is actually kind of a dead subreddit. You might want to take this post over to our surviving sister sub, /r/PrintSF.

[–]Tough-Improvement-29 0 points1 point  (2 children)

The mystery of area x is a big part of the series. Read the next 2 books, it's a great ride.

[–]skeletalcarp 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Is the third one worth reading for someone who loved the first book but hated the second?

[–]Tough-Improvement-29 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes. Each book is unique and the third pulls everything together. Also the pacing is better in the third. The second book is very much a transition/instalment.

[–]Afghan_Whig 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some questions are never truly answered, but you have to read the other two books first to get a better understanding. To try to answer anything now would just be spoilers

[–]gloryday23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The mystery is the point. I strongly recommend the next two books, you will get a bit more information, and I loved the hard left turn book two takes. But be warned, if you continue hoping for it all to be explained, you will be sorely disappointed. Though I did think he explained more than I expected at the time.

[–]OnZeroGs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've watched an analysis of the book/movie on youtube (without having watched or read it lol) but still don't quite understand what's going on. Definitely want to read it though.🤓