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The Dreaming Stars

(Axiom #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Ancient aliens, the Axiom, will kill us all – when they wake up. In deep space, a swarm of nanoparticles threatens the colonies, transforming everything it meets into computronium – including the colonists. The crew of the White Raven investigate, and discover an Axiom facility filled with aliens hibernating while their minds roam a vast virtual reality. The treacherous Se ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Angry Robot
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Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
[Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read the first book in the series - The Wrong Stars - I give away some key plot points here]
Tim Pratt’s The Wrong Stars was something of a masterclass in how an author should stitch their worldbuilding into a novel’s plot and character growth. Having a character – in this case 500-year-old cryo-sleeper Elena Oh – who needs everything explained to them is not a new trick; the fun of the rest of the novel revolves around the explainers learning that everything they t
The Captain
Aug 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandon-ship
This book was not to my taste. I found it rather generic and bland. I did not finish and will not be reading more of this series. I will not be doing a full review on my blog.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Resourceful castaways
Recommended to Alan by: Previous work
"Saving the galaxy isn't very lucrative, is it?"
"No, but at least it makes people try to kill us."

Back in March 2018, I called Tim Pratt's The Wrong Stars "a good old new old-fashioned rip-roaring space adventure yarn, the kind they don't write anymore, full of exciting technologies and emotional extremes and exotic extraterrestrial locales." Its sequel, The Dreaming Stars, is not quite as rip-roaring—this novel begins very much in medias res , which is a good thing, but it still takes a l
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Tim Pratt’s The Wrong Stars was exactly the sort of book I was looking for — a fun space opera with some truly great aliens and queer protagonists. The Dreaming Stars is everything I could ask for from a sequel. However, if you haven’t read The Wrong Stars I suggest you go pick up a copy before diving into The Dreaming Stars. Also, this review will contain spoilers for the first book in the series.

Humanity has no idea the danger it is in. An ancient alien race, the Axiom, ruled the entire univer
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not a bad follow up to the first book in the series, however, I found that when at its core not a whole lot happens that expands of what the Axiom are and what they are doing. Granted we get a glimpse, but not nearly what I was expecting after having this monster race of space dominators introduced previously.

In fact, nothing really happens for the first half of the book that could not have been rewritten. Much are the bulk of the novel is superfluous romantic fluff. It seems that the relations
Adri Joy
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A less intense book than its predecessor, but one that leaves me very excited for where the series is going.

The Wrong Stars was an unexpected hit with me, taking a ton of entertaining space opera ingredients reminiscent of everything from The Expanse to Douglas Adams and blending them into something unique and entertaining. The humans of Pratt's world had made their way into the solar system when a jellyfish-like race made contact, telling grand stories of the wider galaxy and promising extraor
Richard Derus
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed, returned
Real Rating: 4.25* of five

RTC or on my blog today.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable series. It’s best to start with book 1. I’m going to be looking into his earlier work. I hope it is as good.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Note: I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

I bought the first part of the Axiom series, The Wrong Stars, on a whim in a sale. When I saw the second part, The Dreaming Stars, up for review on NetGalley I couldn’t help myself, and requested it. Luckily I got it, because I really like this series, and can’t wait for part three (tentatively titled The Forbidden Stars).

After the adventures of Callie and her crew in The Wrong Stars, they are on the hun
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This review is based on an ARC given to me for free by the publisher, Angry Robot Books. This does not in any way affect my review.

This book is slated for release on September 4, 2018.

... The Wrong Stars dealt with a rather weighty set of themes involving history and identity via the alien race called the Liars. The Dreaming Stars, however, is not as weighty, since it focuses less on thematic underpinnings and more on the plot. While it does touch upon questions connected to the neuroscientific
Shannon Clark
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So this is the second book in a series (of what feels like more than three books) so it does have the sense of setting things up for the future but not yet answering every question or resolving even concern.

And in the interest of full disclosure I know Tim and family through lots of mutual friends and shared attending of various science fiction conventions over the years (long before he had published so much) so while we aren’t close friends he is an author whose books I both enjoy and buy to s
Joey Nardinelli
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought I’d have read this in about a week given how intensely I liked The Wrong Stars. The last 40% of this one is great and hits the same sort of fun, weird, wild, and exciting watermark of Pratt’s last Axiom novel. The first 60% of the novel just felt like a lot of rehashing and unnecessary character development punctuated by...nothing. There was no interwoven action or plot movement that wasn’t moving from Point A to Point B to Point C. There are some microscopic moments building up to the ...more
Rafael Morillo
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Dreaming Stars follows the crew of the White Raven as they embark on another adventure in another system. Callie and her crew travel to the planet Owain where a Human colony has created an environment similar to the one on Earth. The crew of the White Raven is investigating nanoparticles called the swarm, which transform everything into computronium. The crew discovers an Axiom facility with hibernating aliens which are playing in a vast Axiom Virtual Reality. The crew including Sebastien wo ...more
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of hard sci-fi. It's just not where my interests lie. But every once in a while, I do enjoy a good space opera. Firefly/Serenity (before I learned about the Confederate connection, dammit), Dark Matter, even the occasional episode of The Expanse. Tim Pratt has written a fantastic space opera in his Axiom series. (The Forbidden Stars should be coming out sometime in 2019.) The story started with The Wrong Stars and continues here.

First, the diversity is fantastic. The crew runs
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now that our heroes are aware that there's an elder race out there hiding in the black plotting unspeakable schemes using unknown dangerous technologies they're willing to poke around a bit and see what genocidal actions eventuate. Soon enough a new colony reports they're losing people in an asteroid belt. This is confirmed by the xenos on their side who has discovered that their base in the area has gone dark and no longer responds to queries. Time to put on their investigating trousers and see ...more
Andy Coleman
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Take the fantastic foundation built in The Wrong Stars and add a bit of Ready Player One and you get one hell of a book. I loved it!

Callie and the crew are back, dealing with the repercussions from the last book but with a clear mission to find out more about the Axiom. But they're all thought to be dead so...

This story doesn't stall at any point - it just keeps moving along at a swift pace. You'll meet Michael (yes, that Michael), get to know the crew better, meet an off-w
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and thus had high expectations for this second book. The dreaming stars did not completely up to these expectations. Not that this is a bad book. Far from actually. It contained the trademark fun characters, the open inclusive atmosphere and the witty funny dialogue that makes Tim Pratt one of my favorite writers.

The reason this book scores a bit lower then the previous one is because the story is less epic. While in book 1 a galaxy threatening dang
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Axiom series by Tim Pratt. The first book, The Wrong Stars, was an action packed space opera. This book was less so. This book is a good read but in this one there is more character building and less action, which is not necessarily a bad thing. You get to find out more about each of the character's backgrounds and their motivations for being on the spaceship White Raven and their mission to destroy the Axiom. Toward the end of the book the action does pick up and ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, lgbt
Compared to the first book, this one seemed to have some pacing problems for me. The first one was full of action and mystery. This one, you know who the baddies are now, so it loses that little bit of suspense and then on top of that it seems like it takes half the book for the crew to get around to actually dealing with the problem. I was also not really a fan of the whole (view spoiler) ...more
I sat down to start this book around 3 PM...and finished it by 11 PM! I was worried I wouldn't remember anything from book 1, since it had been awhile since I read that, but I figured things out as I went along, both from memory, and from helpful reminders from the story along the way. I knew I loved the characters from book 1, and continued to love them in this volume as well. We get to see a lot more relationship details, along with all the fun science-y bits. Add in plenty of action, and I co ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
this wasn't quite as good as the previous one (lazy plot compression around how the relationship between Stephen and Q develops in particular), but i enjoyed it a great deal just the same.
this series has a lot in common with the Wayfarers series (The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet/A Closed And Common Orbit), so if you liked this and The Wrong Stars, you'll probably like those too (and vise-versa). i'd say Axiom is more plot-driven and Wayfarers is more character-driven, but neither is missin
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
I mostly enjoyed Book 1 of this series, but this next step is an exercise in tedium.

There will always be the (reluctant) necessity of recounting pass events to bring the reader up to speed, but by midway through (yes, about 200 pages) nothing has happened. It’s scene after scene of clunky recap or uninteresting discussion. It’s a plot that goes nowhere and dialogue that drones one.

After a fair chance, I toss the novel. Huge disappointment.
Lyle Blosser
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I was a bit concerned when the first part of the book appeared to be dedicated to exploring certain relationships and got a bit too *personal/emotional* for my tastes, but then the action and the danger ratcheted upward (as did the neat-o extrapolations into just what an alien virtual reality might be like) and everything reached the excellent level I'd been hoping for since the first book in the series. The resolution was very satisfying, and delivered with clarity and inventiveness.
Arbys Mom
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Axiom series is just as wonderful, crazy, intense, funny, thrilling, amazing and fantastic as the first one was. I enjoyed this story, and this world, so much! I'm very happy to know there will be yet another book in the series. The writing is impeccable, both with characters and world building. I was totally immersed, in the best possible way. The book starts off with a bang and just doesn't let up, not even on the last page. The author has become one of my favorites.
Hisham El-far
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dreaming Stars is the second novel in Tim Pratt's new SF series.

I'm really getting into this now and found this book much better than tje first in the series. The characters are still fantastic, the universe they live in is fascinating - and the story is great.

I'm definitely reading the next book when It comes out.

Solid 4 out of 5.
Vincent Archer
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit worse than the first book.

The internal dynamic of the crew are ok, but my main beef is that the Axiom are rendered as caricatures of villains. You have those awesome evil master of the universe, and the first time we "meet" them, the little you see is one-dimensional psychopathic children.

Hopefully, the next book may use interesting concepts...
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Lost a star for being so talkytalky...but otherwise a rockem sockem episode, with some close encounters with the Axiom so we can see how grody they really are. I still think they’re just too powerful a threat to give humanity a chance...unless they turn out to have some Achilles heel. Well, wait and see.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
The Wrong Stars was one of my favorite books of 2017, so I anxiously awaited this sequel. All the characters from book one are back, but literally nothing of consequence happens throughout the first 50% of the book. Pages and pages of infodump. Nearly insurmountable odds are overcome tidily in a few pages. Overall, disappointed.
Paul Skelding
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As good as the first and I'm looking forward to #3.

I really enjoy the characters and the interplay between them. I was able to tell my wife a few of the jokes out of context and she laughed. That's some good writing right there when you can do that.

Write faster Tim, I read your books quickly because they're so good!
Kay Smillie
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A slight disappointment after the first in the series (The Wrong Stars). Started off interesting as we discover what happened to the main characters and the whys and hows, then they get a new case to investigate. This is where it gets bogged down and a tad dreary. Just found my interest was nowhere strong this time around. Maybe it will pick up in the third instalment.

Ray Smillie
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