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Axiom's End

(Noumena #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  5,899 ratings  ·  1,223 reviews

Axiom's End is an alternate history first contact adventure set in the early 2000's, pitched as Stranger Things meets Arrival, by video essayist Lindsay Ellis.

By the fall of 2007, one well-timed leak revealing that the U.S. government might have engaged in first contact has sent the country into turmoil, and it is all Cora Sabino can do to avoid the whole mess. The force d

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Lindsay Ellis Hi James - Titan Press, not St. Martin's Press, is handling publishing for the UK, Australia and NZ - you should be able to find it on their website!
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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 s
Tori (InToriLex)
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 require 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
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

"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 papa
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
★★★ /5
This was a really fast read.
I 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.
Emily Vanderwerff
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!
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
Lindsay Ellis wrote a book?????

YEEEEEESS. I've been following her since her Nostalgia Chick days and this makes me so happy
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 up.

Cora 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 thing
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
This emotionally drained me. Is it because of the thoughtful take on the early noughties' political atmosphere, or is it due to the well-written characters, fully fleshed out and relatable in their struggles?

Nope. It's because inter-species romance is my crack and it makes me cry every time.

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Jokes aside I've seen this book being called The Three-Body Problem For Girls, which is a hilariously bad take. I see this trend among "serious book critics" which spins the narrative that female protagonist
J Rhodes
Aug 02, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I'm one of the few people reading this book who wasn't already part of Ellis' fanbase. This book popped onto my radar when Lindsay Ellis posted a video on her channel about the difficulty she had, even with her platform of thousands and thousands and thousands of subscribers, in getting a publishing deal.

So, that immediately meant one of two things - her book would be a gem that the publishing houses were passing on because they were dumb and elitist, or that the book simply wasn't g
Evan Doran
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 marked.

Overview/What’s It About?

Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis follows Cora Sabino, an aimless former linguistics major, as she has the (mis)fortune of encountering an extraterrestrial lifeform known as Ampersand. As the government takes her family captive, she agrees to work as Ampersan
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arcs
I requested 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 genres.
Unfortunately, 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.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, reviewed, netgalley
I feel so bad for not liking this book. You see, I've been watching Lindsay's channel for years, I love her essays and humor, she is super smart and entertaining. But, unfortunately, her debut novel didn't work for me at all.

My main problem was with the main character Cora. She is young, lost, inexperienced, and scared all the time. For most of the book she is constantly told what to do and taken to different places either in secret or while being unconscious. She is not a fully passive characte
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it was a pleasure to read the whole way through, and it explored some fascinating ideas of real substance with great heart and feeling.

The pace was excellent, the plot was excellent, the characters seemed real, flawed, and likeable.

At times, the book was hilarious and I laughed out loud. Yet it also dove into sharply realistic descriptions of trauma and genocide. But despite these heavy subjects, I never felt weighed down or depressed, like I often do when books root themsel
Claude's Bookzone
3.5 Stars

Well that was interesting.

It took me a while to work out whether I liked this novel or not. I confess I read it twice as I had such mixed feelings. The second reading was much better as I had my ‘fun YA sci-fi’ lens on and not my ‘deep exploration of human existence in the wider context of life throughout the universe’ lens.

At first I found Cora to be intensely annoying. She is immature and whiny so it made for unpleasant reading. Then I decided I was being quite unfair as I don’t know
Dec 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition


Lemme just say that I never expected my Youtube "geeky" cinephile world to clash with the (lately criminally neglected by yours truly) book world's vastly appreciated.

Lindsay Ellis wrote a book and it's already out guys!


Greg Chatham
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was just embarrassing.

Overwritten and obtuse, Lindsay Ellis' first novel is in desperate need of a complete editorial overhaul. From the amateurish insistence on passive voice...

"The voice belonged to Demi." the cartoonish depictions of the protagonist's emotions...

"Cora thundered, her words reverberating through the trees, through the atmosphere, through the entire galaxy, through space, through time and eternity." the downright bizarre descriptions of violence...

"The walls of he
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
aliens bro, amirite?

I thought this book was really fun and full of unexpected monster fucker goodness. But, still, I had one problem with this book that dampened it a little for me. Cora, the protagonist, is coded as Latinx, but we are never really given any more insight into that identity except for the fact that she calls her grandma, "Abuelita". I understand that Cora is supposed to be white Latinx, but I think Ellis missed a great opportunity to relate her alien invasion storyline, in partic
Kevin Hall
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is going to be HUGE. It has everything: George Bush being a dumbass, governmental subterfuge, intergalactic sexual tension, and interplanetary linguistic intrigue.
Michael Cook
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
(Note: I received an ARC of this novel from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced.)

I don't normally watch video essays on YouTube. It takes a very specific kind of personality to get me interested enough to watch anything on YouTube for more than 10 minutes - especially something that's just analyzing something else. But Lindsay Ellis is one of those YouTubers who can get me to watch an hour-long video and enjoy it. So, when I he
Anna Luce
DNF 40%

I really really really wanted to like this as over the years I've found Lindsay Ellis' youtube content to be both entertaining and interesting. I even watched the video in which she talks about getting this book published.
Nevertheless, I can't help but to feel the way I do (sounds lame, I know). While the idea for this book is intriguing, the execution is a wee bit underwhelming. I didn't particularly warm up to Ellis' prose, which came across as somewhat flat, and her characterisation a
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t review this book right away because I wasn’t sure if my love for Lindsay Ellis was bleeding over to my love for this book.

But that’s bullshit, this is a fan-fucking-tastic book. I would never recommend this book to someone that doesn’t like science fiction. This book was written for people that love sci-fi!

Since the book isn't out yet, I'm letting you know minor spoilers ahead!:

I’ll admit that I’m not that well read in science fiction, but I saw similar themes and tropes to my favorite
Steff Pasciuti
| Reader Fox Blog |

Truth is a human right.

For a book that touted this statement periodically through the novel and even presented it as a main theme by introducing it within its marketing, Lindsay Ellis' Axiom's End really didn't have a whole hell of a lot to do with truth being a human right. That said, I actually really liked it? What's terrible is that I actually found my enjoyment quite surprising considering how difficult I found this book to get into at first--dull girl's boring life
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellis is as incredible as always.
Monte Price
I had very little expectations going into this. If I'm being honest the only thing I could remember from the jacket copy before I even picked it up was that it was maybe a first contact novel. After completion that's definitely what I would classify the book as.

Outside of that it's really hard for me to talk about. In all honesty while I didn't hate the book, I also wasn't really wowed by it. There was something about the pacing that came off as pretty stilted, the way the events of the book unf
Joey Brunelle
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the most exciting novel I've read in years. It is a true page-turner, full of intrigue and twists that keep you on the edge of your seat. I read it cover-to-cover in four days. It asks some very deep questions about what it means to be human, and what it might mean to not be human.

Lindsay Ellis is a brilliant thinker who I have followed on YouTube for some time, and her intelligence glows through every page. Her writing style is sophisticated but with no pretense, deeply informed but no
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
I really liked the premise of this as it reminded me in part of the plot from the movie Arrival. The story begins a bit slowly as we're introduced to Cora, our main character, who is just kind of unmotivated to do much in life. However, that rapidly turns around and the pacing picks up once she encounters the aliens and becomes an interpreter. While I never completely warmed up to Cora, I really enjoyed seeing her friendship with the alien develop. The alien is by far the most interesting charac ...more
Recommended for fans of The Shape of Water and E.T.

I have an autistic son and I found the passages of two people (or in this case - a person and an alien) trying to communicate while being on two different wavelengths engaging.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-half-star
I first met Lindsay Ellis in 2009. I was a young to-be college freshman killing time in the summer before I moved to Santa Cruz and she was an up and coming video maker who had been accepted to USC's vaunted masters in film program. Over the years, I've come to value her opinion on a number of wide-ranging topics mostly related to film and criticism. But of course, I've never actually met Lindsay Ellis. She is, as far as I know, a sequence of pixels I watch on YouTube roughly once a month or may ...more
Eric Allen
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a longtime follower of the author's youtube video essays, so I definitely wanted to give her new book a try.

So, the first third of this book is pretty generic, with your typical omg why does everything in my life suck protagonist, and a generally uninteresting buildup to contact with aliens, with some rather boring family drama. Cora, the book's protagonist, is, at least to me, pretty unlikable at times. Sometimes she's okay, others not so much.

BUT the next third of the book is extreme
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