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
"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)
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.
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.
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.
I read and listen to books as much as possible.
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.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
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.
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.
I'm waiting to see how the series ends. If its ends well than I am okay with working through this one. I know that one of the characters you think is dead is a part of the next book. So we will see! As a stand alone the book was only ok.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I read Spin and I listened to Axis and Axis is no Spin. I was excited about this book as the three books of RCW that I had previously read where good to real good and Spin was the best. We go to an alternate world, where other authors would have had a field day exploring the new world. RCW tells us this world is a desert and it is boring. Wow, that didn't stop Frank Herbert. Silverberg could have done wonders with this world.
There is no character development at all, which is also different for RCW. We start out with this character named Isaac who seems would make a great leading character and he meets Sulean Moi who could also be a great character. Then comes chapter two and we meet Lise and Turk. It is several chapters before we get back to Isaac and then it is pretty much in passing until the end of the book. Turk is one of RCW's usual flawed characters, but even he is not developed and Lise is just a girl thrown in for a love interest, she has no character. RCW usually puts his Sci Fi in the background and in this book it is way in the back until the very end. Like so many other authors have done this second book is just filler to get us to the third book, Vortex. Based on other great books by this author I will listened to Vortex, I want to find out more about the Hypotheticals.
I must also mention that Scott Brick is one of my least favorite narrators. His reading is always over dramatic and he makes everybody sound sarcastic. Also there was some problem with the recording, at times it sounded like it was recorded under water.
Spin and Mysterium are my favorite RCW books and Chronoliths is good.
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