Monday, June 29, 2020

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 decades.

Realizing 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 more sinister than she ever imagined.

TITLE: Axiom's End
AUTHOR: Lindsay Ellis
PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Press
PUBLISH DATE: July 21, 2020
GENRE: Science Fiction
PAGES: 384

“Truth is a human right.”

I am so glad I stuck with this one! Axiom’s End was just a little hard for me to get in to at the beginning but once I got past the initial set-up and frenetic pace, it was harder to put down!

The world-building is remarkable; the Alien politics and societal structure is pretty fascinating and for a speculative fiction exploring a first contact scenario, I was intrigued by Lindsay’s view on an alternate 2007! What left the biggest impact on me is the relationship between the two main characters, Cora, a not always likeable human and Ampersand, an alien being that I freaking adored! Watching this odd couple friendship develop was unexpected and so satisfying, despite the fact that Cora didn’t have many redeemable qualities. On the flip side, it was kind of refreshing to have a main character that wasn’t drop dead gorgeous or the best at everything she did. Cora is flawed & floundering, she has her own trauma but, in the end, Cora’s relationship with Ampersand had a sense of realism that I enjoyed.

Stellar debut to a promising series! Looking forward to what’s next from Lindsay!

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