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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Just Odd

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.....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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OMG get on with it!

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

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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imaginative. Narration a bit over the top.

the core idea is quite interesting characterization good sometimes excellent. descriptive language is excellent and the novel flows quite well. Could be a little faster paced in places

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A story that goes nowhere.

I couldn't finish, if the ending was exciting the author took too long to get anywhere near it. There seems no point to the journey of the main characters. This is a universe full of potential, this is a story about a dust storm.

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A satisfying listen

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.

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Good first one was better.

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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  • Robert
  • Long Island City, New York, United States
  • 04-11-15

Read Spin (Book 1) this continues from there!

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.

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