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Axis | [Robert Charles Wilson]

Axis

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.
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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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    Root Dorn 10-20-11
    Root Dorn 10-20-11 Member Since 2009
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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.

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    Chuck United States 09-22-11
    Chuck United States 09-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good idea, just not as well done as Spin"

    For the most part I enjoyed this book. The premise of the story is great and was well written, up until the end. I was totally into the story, following along word for word, until the author dropped me off a cliff a the end. I felt like he spent all this time (the entire book) building up this great story, and then just wrapped everything up nice and neat in about 5 mins. It was a bit of a let down. I was expecting more at the end. Maybe more will be explained in the next book.

    As for the narrator, again, as with Spin, his voice just doesn't sit right with me for some reason. I am not real crazy about how he makes his distinction between the male and female parts (when he is speaking their dialogue). The males are always strong and very outspoken whereas he speaks the female lines very timidly, with a soft voice. I feel it takes away from some very strong female characters that the author has written.

    Overall it was an okay book, good story, not crazy about the end. Definitely not as good as Spin. I'm hoping the final book in the trilogy is better than this one.

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    Amanda Easthampton, MA, United States 07-17-11
    Amanda Easthampton, MA, United States 07-17-11
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    "Not really "Spin 2" but I found it worthwhile"

    If you want to read about the continuing life stories of the characters from "Spin" you are mostly out of luck. This one explores some of the IDEAS presented in the first book and takes the reader into the world beyond the arch - a place both mundane and fantastic. As in "Spin," big weird stuff happens in the sky - an image which I always find compelling. Also as in "Spin," plenty is left unexplained. I have come to love Scott Brick's narrations, and he does a fine job here. I'll say what someone else said in their review as well - it is much better than most science fiction out there.

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    derrick homestead, FL, United States 08-07-10
    derrick homestead, FL, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2010

    From my reading history my perfect book would include; a space ship piloted by Ender Wiggin, that is infested by Zombies, who are being hunted by Drizzt Do'Urden and Lestat, while Joe Ledger and Amy Harper Bellafonte try to keep the ship from distroying Middleguard. The Sequal would be from Bean's perspective, with an epilogue by Malcolm Gladwell.

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    "Not the kind of sequel I look for."

    SPOILER SPOILER(Kinda) If you read Spin and are looking for additional material on Tyler Dupree and his life as a fourth, your out of luck. It seems to me he is treated as an afterthought where he is only discussed for a few paragraphs. Diane is in it more in the later chapters but more as an auxiliary character. Read the summary and expect nothing else because you wont get it. But it is a decent book with more info on the hypotheticals. The ending is a bit of a letdown the climax was less than insightful an more or less just a restating of what was discussed by Jason Lawton. Robert Wilson should have just finished Spin with one word END.

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    Benjamin Tallassee, AL, United States 08-04-10
    Benjamin Tallassee, AL, United States 08-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Appealing in a different way"

    I can understand why many did not enjoy Axis as much as they did Spin. Axis goes much further into the bazaar than Spin did. Though the human story element isn't as strong in this book, for those like me who want to delve deeper into the Hypotheticals, though, I believe you'll enjoy it. It would have been nice, however, if the character links between the two books were stronger.

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    Bryan Fishers, IN, USA 07-28-09
    Bryan Fishers, IN, USA 07-28-09
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    "Hardly seems like the same story as Spin"

    I don't write many reviews. I would recommend Spin to anyone who likes good, thought provoking Sci Fi. I wouldn't recommend Axis to anybody. Frankly I thought Spin ended well enough to be a stand alone book. I was interested to see how the author would continue the story but it seems more like he didn't.

    Weak characters. Weak, uninteresting plot backed by a couple of good ideas which aren't necessarily new from the book Spin. Normally the second book of a trilogy gets lower reviews, but this book has me less than interested and wondering why even bother trying to make this a trilogy at all? It almost seems like it was continued by a different author. Not recommended. I finished it but in the end couldn't care less what was happening.

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    Nomad 07-21-09
    Nomad 07-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice Sequel"

    This book is a good follow up to "Spin". I think it got a pretty werid at the end, but alot of sifi books do. Scott Brick is one of my favorate narrators.

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    Ben Bend, OR, USA 10-21-08
    Ben Bend, OR, USA 10-21-08 Member Since 2008
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    "OMG get on with it!"

    Spin was great this was not. Never ending repetition of their feelings. Kinda whiny.

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    Jeremy PORTLAND, OR, United States 09-06-12
    Jeremy PORTLAND, OR, United States 09-06-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Not as good as Spin, but may be worth it"
    What did you like best about Axis? What did you like least?

    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.


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    Jere Rock Springs, WY, USA 05-19-09
    Jere Rock Springs, WY, USA 05-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Nothing like Spin"

    Spin is a must read. Axis, not so much.

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