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
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"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 ...more
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.
Anyway, read it! Enrich my friend!
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 ...more
Nope. It's because inter-species romance is my crack and it makes me cry every time.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Lemme just say that I never expected my Youtube "geeky" cinephile world to clash with the (lately criminally neglected by yours truly) book world but...it's vastly appreciated.
Lindsay Ellis wrote a book and it's already out guys!
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."
...to 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."
...to the downright bizarre descriptions of violence...
"The walls of he ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more