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)
What was happening when the author wrote this sequel? I listened intently to every word and tried to imagine the characters as they were introduced but they were not as fully developed as the first set of characters in "Spin". The unresolved issue of the Hypothetical s was, to say the very least, disappointing. I had in my mind's eye foresaw the ending a different way and felt cheated with the ultimate outcome. Why leave the readers with no loose ends tied up? The explanation was like the name suggests...hypothetical. No-one knew, no-one was willing to fully explain and no-one seemed to care after 2 books and a dozen or so characters were possessed with finding an answer. It seemed like a least one would have been given the answer to all the mysteries and held on to the info maybe for another sequel.
I did enjoy listening to Scott Brick read this novel and at times I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation, but not often enough.
Note to writers: please don't ask readers to invest in novels that even you don't know how it should end.
First, I loved Spin. This book while having a few things in common with the Spin is not the same story.
They leave Spin in a great place to start a 2nd book. Instead we get all new characters and a great premise that was wasted.
The idea of what this book could have been.... contact and it's excitement. Instead the author goes preachy and gets caught up trying to make a sociology story showing how smart he is. He tried to downplay the SciFi and go Brides of Madison County on us...
The reason I liked Spin was because of the hypothetical mystery, and the characters motivations to learn more.
Axis has weak characters, no mystery, no big ideas, and a blatant attempt by the author to prove he is just not SciFi. He failed at it.
After reading several negative reviews from Audible customers, I almost passed on this sequel to "Spin." I'm glad I didn't, as I truly loved it. As Tyler and Diane Dupree cross the mysterious archway into a new world at the end of "Spin," we are left wondering what happens next. This book delivers the answers to our questions in a highly engaging manner. To those familiar with the "Spin" universe, this book makes perfect sense, and it does a great job of continuing to slowly reveal the extent and true nature of the Hypotheticals. Although it picks up the story many years later and Diane Dupree is the only returning character from the original, the novel nonetheless achieves its own high level of excellence.
Some of the questions you wanted to know are answered, and some are not. The problem is that the main question "what are the hypotheticals" is not really answered". First part of book was hard to get through and the ending left me feeling cheated.
Spin took present day through the future. Axis started many years after the end of Spin and continued in a strange direction with too much detail and odd results. Had potential with conspiracy theories and a chase, but a strange ending.....
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.
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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