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Finding Axiom

The Antiarch Trilogy, Volume 1
Narrated by: Zachary Johnson
Series: The Antiarch Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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When Finn, a 16-year-old Enforcer-In-Training, learns that The Wall built to keep citizens safe from The Wild is really a cage, he starts questioning all he's been taught. Maybe animals aren't as dangerous as he's been conditioned to believe. Maybe his rebel parents aren't the bad guys. Maybe he's playing for the wrong team. Finn must choose a side; either way it will cost him. His family, or his future...but neither are as terrifying as what may lurk beyond The Wall.

©2015 Eryn Carpenter (P)2016 Eryn Carpenter

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 08-27-19

Propaganda in dystopia

I loved this listen!!

It starts out very YA. In fact, Finn, the main character, is such an entitled teen that I just wanted to smack him. (That's good writing and narration!) As the book progresses, as things do in life, Finn grows in his knowledge of the world and himself. He becomes more likable and his problems get bigger.

Finn lives in a walled-in world being controlled by an unseen "advisor" who has an agenda and pushes it and his propaganda every morning. Finn's choice to become an enforcer for the advisor is at first a good thing and then, not so much. The advisor has a very interesting relationship with animals and serves as the catalyst for all the icky that happens.

The narrator was the perfect choice for this listen! A lot of the dialogue takes place inside Finn's head (because teenager) and Johnson does not miss a step. You hear the whiney put upon teen with his parents-just-don't-understand inner dialogue. You hear the wide-eyed optimism when he deals with his mentor and friends. Then, as Finn learns more of the truth, Johnson's narration eases us into Finn's growth. He was awesome.

Book one was a complete story but it ended on a heartbreak. Book two will be one heck of a rollercoaster ride!

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Divergent meets Avatar meets 1984.

Would you consider the audio edition of Finding Axiom to be better than the print version?

Audio is always better. The audio version important for this book because the narrator, Zachary Johnson, embodies the character of Finn. He also does an excellent job with the other characters--most memorably his mother and sister and of course the dog.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Axiom?

Spoiler alert: The book totally changes when Finn realizes that the dog can communicate telepathically. The entire section where he is discovering this is very well-written.

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole book is filled with great scenes, but my favorite is when Finn is in the recovery room trying to explain to the cute nurse that she is the reason for his high blood pressure. The scene where he sneaks into the office and finds out that his family is on the watch list and his girlfriend's parents are in a work-camp is also intense.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Adviser is Watching you. Can your Dog Save You?

Any additional comments?

If you liked the book, "Divergent," or the movie, "Avatar," you will probably enjoy this book. This is a clean, family friendly book. I received this book free in exchange for a fair review.

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Dystopian YA with an animal and ecology slant

Finding Axiom was an interesting take on the dystopian YA genre, it is similar in many ways to Divergent but with much less focus on battle and fighting and a lot more focus on animals. The story follows Finn a teen who lives in a city surrounded by a Wall that 'protects' them from the wilds. The society is very structured and Big Brother is definitely watching what is going on. Finn is very much indoctrinated and believes in the society and it's leaders which puts him at odds with his parents and sister who are bit of rebels and free thinkers. Finn is on the fast track to become an enforcer which is a highly prized and respected job but also means he will be part of the machine of the city and may have to turn in his parents for being dissenters.

For his birthday his parents get Finn a dog, he is horrified because of all the propaganda surrounding animals of any kind that they are dangerous and spread diseases. Soon after things begin to change and he questions his beliefs and comes to struggle with his decisions and his chosen course in life.

I won't give away any spoilers but suffice it to say that everything is not as it seems especially when it comes to animals and the outside world. There is also a bit of a love story that goes on as well and I feel it was done pretty well and has the prerequisite drama and heartache built in especially with the situation they are in. This is definitely a good start to a series with an interesting premise and a very pro animal and pro nature message. The narration by Zachary Johnson was also pretty great I would say 4.5 out of 5 and he really makes the story quite easy to listen to and enjoyable. Overall I would definitely recommend as long as you like YA novels.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Decent Story, EXCELLENT Performance

Once again Zachary Johnson saves a mundane story with his superb performance. I say the story is mundane, only because it was hard to get into. Several times I found myself wanting to just stop listening, but Zachary has a way of compelling me to finish. Definitely a great narrator, and one to keep listening to.

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Enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.

Heads up. I was given a review code by the narrator. And I thought he did a fantastic job. Easy to listen to, I knew who was talking, his pronunciation was consistent. And most importantly, he did not over act the voices. It kill a whole book for me what a narrator over does it.

My only real complaint is the book ended just as it was really getting interesting. But that seems to happen alot with series and trilogies.

It's not my favorite book by any means. But it kept me coming back, entertained, and looking forward to what's going to happen next. I will be getting the next book with my next credits.

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Imaginative

This is an excellent and imaginative read. There are so many unique characters in the strange and mystifying world Eryn Carpenter has created within this book. There is no high action, but skillfully guided tension and creative plotting, all with excellent narration.

The story is about government totalitarianism and the propaganda fed to the people to keep them subservient, and the inspirational people who see through their lies. It is beautiful to see the ones who disobey, defy, challenge, and are willing to suffer any ensuing consequences to make the truth known. However, it is painful to witness one enlightened family with a son (Finn) who has become a believer in the propaganda. I loved the beautiful family dynamic and their struggle to get through to their beloved son. Finn is on a fast track to becoming part of the societies law enforcement, called Enforcers. Enforcers must cut their family ties completely, so this family has very little time to help their son open his eyes. As the most loyal citizens, Enforcers are considered high in the caste system, patrolling the streets, enforcing the laws, the curfew and turning in agitators.

I heartily recommend this book. I received this audiobook at my request from either the author, narrator, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Finding Axiom

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I was surprised at how good this was. I don't have a lot of experience in this genre, but Finding Axiom didn't disappoint. Maybe I should give some more books in this genre a try.

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Dystopian zoology

Eryn Carpenter writes a new spin on the futuristic dystopian genre that includes a spin on animals that I'd doubt you'd see coming. I enjoyed the espionage and intrigue as well as the romance and heartbreak. And none of those things are carried out the way that you would think. Carpenter does a great job fleshing out the characters, giving them their own unique personalities, and building a world you both believe in and fear.

Zachary Johnson does a great job of narrating the book and bringing the characters to life. I really appreciated the extra effort put into some of the more emotional scenes that really helped me buy into the world.

If you like dystopian futures where people fight against the regime this book is for you.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.  

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Decent Dystopian

Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this title for an impartial review.

I thought this story was pretty good. A mixture of beast magic and dystopian civilization. It seems to be a teen genre with the typical awkward romance. I've become a little disillusioned with dystopian books, this however was a breath of fresh air in the genre; I've always been of the opinion that a good storyteller can tell any story well. I think Carpenter has the potential to be a good storyteller.

Johnson did an excellent job narrating, it is the second of his books for me and I have enjoyed both. He narrates with excellent voices and no awful accents.

I will add this series to my continue to read list.

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  • Shane
  • BLUFF CITY, TN
  • 08-27-19

A typical yet fun dystopian novel.

Aside from the animals, this is a pretty typical dystopian novel. However, I still enjoyed this book quite a bit and can't wait to hear the next one. The Reader is also very good as well and I'll be looking for more from him as well. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Gourley S.
  • 10-08-19

Give it a listen!

From Eryn Carpenter, whilst this novel seems to be very much in the vain of the hunger games/divergent ya it has enough about it to set it apart, I found it a really intriguing tale. If you're a fan of dystopian futures and moral dillemas, give this one a read!

Another great narration from Zachary Johnson, really brought the story forth with his performance.

I was given this book free in return for an honest review.