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.
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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.
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.
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I loved the whole story of book 1; the Spin!
This continues the story but towards the end it almost seemed a little silly.
But it is well worth the continued ride of the original Spin saga.
The narrator does a great job and is comfortable to listen to.
Thankfully they used the same narrator as book 1.
Always "reading" more than one story!
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!
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