No where near as cohesive as the first. IF this is one step in a series(seems likely given the ending)it may deserve 3 stars but as a stand alone second book it was not very good. I thought that there was a lot of territory for the author to cover in the realm of who/what made the Hypotheticals but this just shows us the uninteresting "day in the life" so to speak of them. Gald I listened instead of read.
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Axis is better than most science fiction, but was substantially less enjoyable than Spin. The characterization was less deep; the story was less cohesive and less compelling, the writing more pedestrian. Still, Axis is better than average and is aided by residual Spin. I enjoyed the listen, but I was hoping for another Spin.
The hypotheticals play more of a role in this book, but the author still leaves a lot of questions. It's a classic filler novel, I'm sure that the author will answer a lot more questions in the final? book.
the core idea is quite interesting characterization good sometimes excellent. descriptive language is excellent and the novel flows quite well. Could be a little faster paced in places
I liked the first book, Spin, and I really wanted to enjoy this one but the story simply lies flat. This book starts on the new world merged with Earth via the last book with new characters, but there is no compelling plot or characters. sorry. I did like the first one though...
I couldn't finish, if the ending was exciting the author took too long to get anywhere near it. There seems no point to the journey of the main characters. This is a universe full of potential, this is a story about a dust storm.
Whatever the poor reviews say, this middle book provides a satisfying explanation of the Hypotheticals. The characters are not quite as well-developed as in Spin, but neither do they need to be. We already know Diane, and the others are given enough to make them sympathetic. If you enjoyed Spin, you should give this one a listen.
A Sci Fi junkie who occasionally goes slumming to read other literature.
3, maybe 2.5 stars. I had difficulty maintaining my interest in Axis. It just seems very slow and tedious. I often felt like saying, "Enough already with everyone's thoughts and feelings, tell me more cool sci fi shit." (But I never actually said that out loud.) RCW has ideas. I would like a novel from him that is a little shorter and loaded with cool, weird ideas. Despite my low/avg review, I will read Vortex some day.
Scott Brick is an OK narrator, but his phrasing can be a little monotonous and irritating at times.
Good book. First one was better mostly because I found it a bit difficult to keep track of the different characters. At the beginning as the story kept jumping around from place to place.