Vortex tells the story of Turk Findley, the protagonist introduced in Axis, who is transported 10,000 years into the future by the mysterious entities called “the Hypotheticals”. In this future, humanity exists on a chain of planets connected by Hypothetical gateways; but Earth itself is a dying world, effectively quarantined. Turk and his young friend, Isaac Dvali, are taken up by a community of fanatics who use them to enable a passage to the dying Earth, where they believe a prophecy of human/Hypothetical contact will be fulfilled. The prophecy is only partly true, however, and Turk must unravel the truth about the nature and purpose of the Hypotheticals before they carry him on a journey through warped time to the end of the universe itself.
©2011 Robert Charles Wilson (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
This is a book which brings the trilogy to an end, but is full of coincidences which are just too hard to swallow. I would have prefered to have been kept guessing rather than take a trip through this twisted tale. I would not recommend this.
I am an educated Southerner, plowing through books at the speed of light. I love good stories, good coffee, and good conversation.
This trilogy started out so very strong. I was excited to move onto the second book after the first was done. The story itself, let alone the plot of the trilogy, is so hard to keep up with. By the second chapter of Vortex, I had no clue what I was listening to, what the point was, what was going on. I gave up. So while I cannot say I read the entire book, I can say I gave it a go, and just could not bring myself to waste my listening hours on this book.
This book was not a good finish to the series. Actually, the series got worse with each book, which is a shame because it started out so well. It was interesting how he tied the two ongoing stories in this book together, but the Sandra/Bose story really just didn't seem to fit with the rest of the novels. It was almost like he added that just as a way to tell the finally of Turk Findley's story. Decent idea, I just didn't like how he executed it. The information and "wrap-up" of the hypotheticals was good. Overall, I was disappointed.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
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I really liked Spin, and I was more drawn in to it than most books I've read. Axis wasn't all that great to me. I figured I had to get Vortex to figure out what it was all about.
It's a well-done story with typical Wilsonian bouncing from time and character to time and character. He goes farther out than I'd expected, to the eventual breakdown of subatomic particles in the very distant future.
I liked the characters and ideas, and generally enjoyed it. Narration is the same as for the previous 2 books.
I lost interest in the Spin trilogy after listening to Axis and almost decided not to listen to Vortex. I'm really glad I decided to listen to the last book of the Axis trilogy. Vortex is captivating, exciting and has well-developed characters. I think Vortex is better than both Spin and Axis. Bottom line: Vortex is a great story and one that I look forward to listening to again.
This audio book was very bland. Although part of the Spin series, it has none of the awe and fascination of the first.
There were so many really great opportunities to put more detail into the technology (and think outside the box) that should exist in a Galactic civilization 10,000 years in the future, but with exception of a few cases, the actual spin itself being one, we endure yet another story about a society that relies on being interconnected via a glorified internet. We are only a few years away from that reality now.
Get rid of Scott Brick. I am not sure how he earned an "Audie". His style, inflection, and character voices are all wrong... in every book I have listened to read by him. It is as if he were reading the screenplay from a 1950's Sci-Fi B film and intentionally trying to sound campy. In most cases, I overlook this unpleasantry because the writer has done a great job, but if the story is lackluster to begin with, well...
Yes but I imagine it would be much like the "Starship Troopers" movie saga. The first movie is great, with unique talent, concepts, effects, decent budget, etc. Then the second and third movies are so bad that they make "Plan 9 From Outer Space" seem like a big deal. There is just not enough there to make a good sequel and the story would never be suitable as an origin.
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