By: Lindsay Ellis
Once after a particularly bad Youtuber Sci-Fi debut I told myself never again. Never again will I read a book by a Youtuber without at least hearing the reviews first.
Yet when Lindsay Ellis announced her book was getting published it immediately went on my TBR list. I jumped at the chance to read an ARC and was excited it came through. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher but it did not in anyway change my opinion of the book.
The novel takes place in 2007 and follows Cora who loses her job and immediately becomes entangled in and in a way integral to a possible government conspiracy to cover-up first contact. Cora’s family already has the governments attention as he’s a famous Internet whistleblower/conspiracy theorist.
What follows is a nice little adventure, lots of philosophical questions and overall it’s an especially nice alien story.
I appreciated both the questions and the optimism.
I thought the aliens were well done and you could tell Ellis had really thought about what contact with another species might look like. Cora is a good character though she does lose some points toward the end for stupidity in one particular act and I’m not sure how I feel about her relationship with the alien but it will be interesting to see what other people think of that one.
I also think all the Bush/ secrets stuff makes it a little dated. Really they could have just brought it forward although on the other hand I can absolutely understand why she wouldn’t want to include the particular person we have in the White House now but still…
Axiom’s End is a quick read for all the thoughtfulness throughout. It’s funny- I didn’t think too much of Lindsay Ellis in the voice of the novel but I couldn’t help think throughout that it would make a fun and easily adaptable movie.
Axiom’s End is available Tuesday July 21st.