Axiom's End



[Reading] ➶ Axiom's End ➽ Lindsay Ellis – E17streets4all.co.uk Truth is a human rightIt’s fall 2007 A well timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess since t Truth is a human rightIt’s fall A well timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father Even though Cora hasn’t spoken to him in years his celebrity has caught the attention of the press the Internet the paparazzi and the government—and with him in hiding that attention is on her She neither knows nor cares whether her father’s leaks are a hoax and wants nothing to do with him—until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover up and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decadesRealizing the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to she sets out to gather as much information as she can and finds that the best way for her to uncover the truth is not as a whistleblower but as an intermediary The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter becoming the first and only human vessel of communication Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being human—and could unleash a force sinister than she ever imagined.Axiom's End

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  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Axiom's End
  • Lindsay Ellis
  • English
  • 25 June 2016
  • 9781250256737

10 thoughts on “Axiom's End

  1. says:

    Axiom's End channels that curiosity we have about what First Contact would look like And as we found out in ET in Close Encounters in Strangern a Strange Land and in Ender's Game when they finally arrive or return the aliens will be nothing like we ever imagined and our interactions with them will be like nothing we conceived On the way we explore the very nature of governmental cover ups hello Area 51 and the nature of truth and to what extent is omission like lying Axiom's End starts out uite unassuming with a twenty something college dropout and her estranged conspiracy nut father and the guys in the black SUVs But hold on to your hats cause it uickly becomes a journey you didn't uite realize you were going on How on earth are we going to communicate with the aliens when they arrive and to what extent can we trust them Axiom's End is one of those surprising finds impossible to put down and great fun to read It does what science fiction does best by intriguing amazing and making you wonder Let's give it a solid five stars

  2. says:

    my video review

  3. says:

    I was thoroughly underwhelmed by this book Cora is a protagonist I could just not connect with Many of her choices made me to want to throw my book across the room While this is described as similar to arrival Cora is a interpreter who is aided by implant in her brain the translates alien language This didn't reuire her to learn anything in particular about their language and the fact that she studies linguistic was a red herring that led no where While this book has creative descriptions of what first contact with aliens could be it fails at making me care about any of the human characters I was interested in Ampersand then the human he seeks to communicate through The important existential uestions about what a advanced alien civilization could mean to how humanity was briefly touched on but never explored The book was fast paced and the last one hundred pages kept me wanting which is what pushed this from a 2 star to a 3 star read It's just an OK sci fi which is light on the science and failed to have much emotional payoff The human alien relationship became deep and meaningful without much to explain why it would head in that direction

  4. says:

    Truth is a human right Reading this book felt like a fever dream to be completely honest So what's this book about? It’s fall 2007 A well timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father Even though Cora hasn’t spoken to him in years his celebrity has caught the attention of the press the Internet the paparazzi and the government—and with him in hiding that attention is on her She neither knows nor cares whether her father’s leaks are a hoax and wants nothing to do with him—until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover up and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decadesRealizing the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to she sets out to gather as much information as she can and finds that the best way for her to uncover the truth is not as a whistleblower but as an intermediary The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter becoming the first and only human vessel of communication Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being human—and could unleash a force sinister than she ever imaginedThis book was like if ET and Alien had a baby and that baby started taking drugs I really really enjoyed this book It was so fascinating and strangely comfortingAs I do with a few books I read I completely immersed myself in the main characters Cora Sometimes it happens with some books I am not watching the character I am the character Anywho Cora and I were in it for the long haulWhen things started to happen and Cora was basically on the run from the government and an alien I felt her fear and curiosity When she was kidnapped by the alien and pulled into a strange adventure I was hooked I was fascinated and couldn't wait to see what happened nextNow let me take a second to talk about Ampersand He is one of my favorite alienfantastic characters I've read in a while He's like a morally gray Aslan He was so cute and innocent but also dark and brooding all at the same time I loved him and I cannot wait to see of himOverall this book was very strange but I really enjoyed it and I am really looking forward to the seuel| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  5. says:

    ★★★ 5This was a really fast readI loved the writing style it was really engaging and easy to understand not too flowery but also not too dry I enjoyed the main character point of view her action and thought process were interesting to follow Sadly I didn’t enjoy the plot in my opinion it was a little bit too predictable

  6. says:

    Lindsay is a friend so I shouldn't review this in any real sense because I am in this book's corner But I think it's a lot of fun with a really involving plot and incredible amounts of forward momentum The central relationship between human and alien is really well done and I ended up being surprisingly involved in it Anyway read it Enrich my friend

  7. says:

    Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis is the first book of the science fiction Noumena series This one takes readers back to an alternate version of 2007 and gives them a glimpse at alien contact that of course the government wants covered upCora Sabino has not spoken to her father in years but she often hears his speeches on the state of the world and aliens Cora never expected there to actually be any contact with aliens but one night she and the rest of her family experience a blackout as odd things began happeningAfter Cora comes around she heads out of her home in search of the family dog but while she’s out big black SUVs arrive Cora goes on the run not knowing what is happening to her family and soon Cora comes into contact with an alien visitor which seems to have done something to Cora that night so that he can communicate through herI have to say Axiom’s End is one of those books I enjoyed parts of then other parts found myself getting a tad bored with the story The pacing seemed to be somewhat decent but for me the main character felt awfully young and I had to keep reminding myself this was even supposed to be adult and not young adult but the feeling kept coming over some of those “dumb” moves moments to me So overall for me this one really turned into just one of those juse OK novels where I wished for a bit I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalleyFor reviews please visit

  8. says:

    Lindsay Ellis wrote a book?????YEEEEEESS I've been following her since her Nostalgia Chick days and this makes me so happy

  9. says:

    I reuested this arc because I really enjoy Lindsay's film criticism on YouTube and hoped that would be enough to overcome the sci fi as that remains one of my struggle genresUnfortunately I couldn't connect with the characters at any point I could buy into trauma leading to an emotional connection between Cora and Ampersand in the macro but upon a mild second ponder what would attract him to Cora? And I'm speaking mentally not in judgement of her oft discussed rachet root situation I just felt we lost so much of her character while she acted as interpreter for Ampersand there isn't a lot of room for development when your MC's main function in the story is to be the mouthpiece for anotherI also didn't understand why this needed to have the backdrop of the financial crisis the NINJA mortgages still exist in a world also grappling with first contact ? you don't need both problems to blow up the stock marketI don't want to harp on as this is a debut and judging by the other reviews posted so far I am the outlier but it really didn't work for meThank you to NetGalley for providing me with an arc for review This has in no way influenced my opinion

  10. says:

    Note I received a copy of Axiom’s End through a Goodreads Giveaway This did not influence the content of my review but did influence me to write a review Vague spoilers throughout but significant spoilers are markedOverviewWhat’s It About? Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis follows Cora Sabino an aimless former linguistics major as she has the misfortune of encountering an extraterrestrial lifeform known as Ampersand As the government takes her family captive she agrees to work as Ampersand’s translator and discover as much as she can about Ampersand’s people Most of the book follows Cora’s increasing fears of xenocide against Earth as she learns about Ampersand and his past with a conclusion that solves her immediate problems but doesn’t carry much weightIn short it’sfine Axiom’s End doesn’t really bring anything new to the table and while its execution is competent it doesn’t leave me excited or thinking about it after I’ve read itCharactersUnfortunately many of the characters in Axiom’s End are one or two note throughout They feel underdeveloped across the 370 page span and don’t reveal anything particularly noteworthy thematically or in terms of voiceCora Sabino formerly Ortega after her whistleblowertinfoil hat hacker father Nils Ortega is our entryway into the alternate 2007 of Axiom’s End While the opening of the novel promised some interesting relationships between her her aunt Luciana and her father Nils nothing really came of it She loves her family—but forgets about them often when Ampersand promises some new piece of information a fact that is pointed out late in the narrativebut never amounts to anything She majored in linguistics but that doesn’t really come into play She can play guitar which does lead to a good scene between her and Ampersand Beyond that I can’t really say anything She doesn’t like liars I suppose?Ampersand is an alien a fact that is repeated often throughout the novel Despite other characters continually describing his and his people’s motives and feelings as “impossible to understand” they’re really not Ampersand is a very “ends justify the means” character and his people are ethnic purists with a strict caste system who don’t see other sentient life as eual While he’s less aggressive than his pursuers and at least willing to interface with humans he doesn’t have much else to make him stand out The back half of the novel introduces a romantic aspect to him but it does very little to drive the thematics or energize the storyOther characters recur through the story but do little beyond their function Sol Kaplan is an FBI agent who keeps information from Cora and is very suspicious of her Luciana is Cora’s aunt who has secrets of her own and never tells Cora until the worst possible moment Cora’s mother and siblings appear at the start and are promptly shipped off page where their safety is a Sword of Damocles over Cora’s head—one that she freuently forgets about Nils Ortega Cora’s father and the whistleblower mentioned on the back cover is only present in occasional between chapter emails and Cora’s “I hate this man” thoughts ProseThe prose is fine There’s an occasional good description and it’s very clear but there’s nothing standout here Admittedly this is very good in that it takes a lot of effort and experience to write prose free from awkward constructions not a backhanded compliment—I mean this seriously but you won’t be taking away any phenomenal lines or images I would guess Ellis chose to focus on clear prose and a single voice rather than anything fancy and she’s succeededPlottingFor a book about First Contact and the existential threat of hostile extraterrestrials Axiom’s End is surprisingly low energy I personally found the opening segment the most interesting with Cora finding her life upended by the sudden one two punch of an alien arrival and her father leaking details about hush hush US government operations I had thought there was potential for tense negotiations with alien peoples complicated family drama and life or death stakes for empathyBut while these sort of came through they felt very thin Once Cora and Ampersand meet up Axiom’s End is mostly a book about reacting to increasingly dire news—which will come into play few hundred years in the future People talk about panic and frightening events but nothing happens on the page to reflect that aside from the arrival of a hostile force in the last third of the book who themselves don’t do too much While existential threats are scary they aren't really great at building the world contemporary to the storyNegotiations with aliens? Mostly just trying to convince them to say anything When an actual existential problem appears and Cora asks for Ampersand’s help she’s met with an unchanging refusal Complicated family drama? Cora grows angry that Luciana lied to her They argue and just kind of sulk Nothing Nils sends an ominous email at the end but it isn’t relevant to anything that happens in the book besides tying up a plot thread that could have easily been explained as view spoiler“the aliens are gone therefore we won’t hold your family any longer” hide spoiler

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