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)
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.
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.
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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.
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I loved the whole premise of the story of Spin.
But if I remember correctly book 2 was as good, but worth reading.
I think I might have at the time wanted a book 3, but can't remember.
I guess I'm going to have to read it again to post some additional thoughts on this book 2.
I'll start with book 1 Spin, absolutely loved Spin. I can't give away anything so I just have to say that you wanted Axis after reading Spin.
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I don't like the long pauses between parts. It makes me think I have dropped my blue tooth connection. The story line is too complex to listen to at 1.5 which is how I usually listen to fiction.
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I don’t really have much to say, I am overall pretty disappointed in this book.
I liked Book 1 (Spin) but Book 2 is not holding my attention, I don’t really find it that interesting, I feel like its flip flopping - but to be fair it’s probably because I am not devoted to the story.
I’m three quarters of the way done, so I’ll stick with it; I am passed the point of no return but I doubt I’ll bother with Book 3 (Vortex)
Regarding the narration, objectively Scott Brick is good however his cadence is very distracting to me. I keep listening to HOW he is saying things as opposed to WHAT he is saying – considering I am not that into the story, it doesn’t help!
Not as good as Spin but a descent followup. Felt it ended a bit suddenly, looking forward to Vortex.
I did not read the book but listening brings out all the nuances.
Read all the books in the series.
1.5 Hours a Day in the Car Equals, Must Have Audible!
Wow, what a disappointment. I was not able to immerse any portion of my attention throughout this book.
I don't know the political story, but it definitely feels like Wilson forced this series into a trilogy as an afterthought due to the success of Spin.
The reviews for Vortex are a little better, but I'm still on the fence on whether or not to listen to it. The problem is, after the debacle that is Axis,...I simply don't care about Robert Wilson's universe.
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