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Axis

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Publisher's Summary

Wildly praised by readers and critics alike, Robert Charles Wilson's Spin won science fiction's highest honor, the Hugo Award, for Best Novel.

Now, in Spin's direct sequel, Wilson takes us to the "world next door" - the planet engineered by the mysterious Hypotheticals to support human life, and connected to Earth by way of the Arch that towers hundreds of miles over the Indian Ocean. Humans are colonizing this new world - and, predictably, fiercely exploiting its resources, chiefly large deposits of oil in the western deserts of the continent of Equatoria.

Lise Adams is a young woman attempting to uncover the mystery of her father's disappearance 10 years earlier. Turk Findley is an ex-sailor and sometimes-drifter. They come together when an infall of cometary dust seeds the planet with tiny remnant Hypothetical machines. Soon, this seemingly hospitable world will become very alien indeed - as the nature of time is once again twisted, by entities unknown.

©2007 Robert Charles Wilson; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Outstanding....Turk and Lise, who might well be played by Bogart and Bacall, are powerfully drawn protagonists, and their strong presence in the novel makes the wonders provided all the more satisfying." (Publishers Weekly)

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    GriffMoDuo United States 11-11-11
    GriffMoDuo United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Character Driven, But Ultimately Lacking Plot"

    I loved the first book - Spin, and expected more of the same from the sequel. While this is still a great character novel, it unfortunately simply has much less actually happen throughout the book. Part of this is because it covers a much shorter time span than the first novel did, but with that aside it still lacks any significant events to drive the characters forward.

    If you loved the first book, you'll still enjoy this one, but fair warning, it doesn't quite live up to it's predecessor. I'm starting the third one now and hopefully that one improves upon this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Root Dorn 10-20-11
    Root Dorn 10-20-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Read SPIN first."

    These aren't easily understood, stand-alone books.

    The narrator needs some energy drink. If you want to fall asleep to a good book this is it. He has the voice of a bored high school science teacher. It seems he sometimes gets his characters mixed up as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Tucson, AZ, USA 06-27-09
    Joseph Tucson, AZ, USA 06-27-09
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    "Okay, not a good a Spin"

    This book was okay, but compared to Spin is had a lot to be desired. I hope Vortex is better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Bristol, CT, USA 08-18-08
    Barbara Bristol, CT, USA 08-18-08
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    "Let Down"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    PAL 10-15-08
    PAL 10-15-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Much enjoyed"

    If you like the end of the world type of books this one is a winner. I loved the characters and the story was entertaining and well narrated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    james salem, OR, United States 08-15-08
    james salem, OR, United States 08-15-08 Member Since 2006
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    "not as good as the first..."

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 01-12-09
    steve Ferndale, Wa, United States 01-12-09 Member Since 2017

    I read and listen to books as much as possible.

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    "Not a great sequel"

    Spin was great but i read it, this book i tried to listen to and lost interest and later i read it, but Scott Brick is a great reader.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-20-08
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 08-20-08 Member Since 2017

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Not Spin but Not Bad"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carole La Jolla, CA, United States 08-19-08
    Carole La Jolla, CA, United States 08-19-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Concept - No details"

    I would have loved to wrap up this story. We didn't and neither did the author. I actually can't remember much of it because my mind strayed so often that many words were left stranded.
    I love the idea of odd 0ff-worlders taking over. It's a time honored prize-winner. Ultimately, I know the goal is to wrap everything up and usually have the good guys (us humans) win. I miss that in this book.
    I loved "SPIN" and hoped for a similar experience. Thanks for writing it, but I feel cheated.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kingsley 04-01-17
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    "Not as bad as some say"

    But not as good as first book in triology either. Story runs short on substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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