Book Review: Axiom’s End

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Title: Axiom’s End
Author: Lindsay Ellis
Publication Date: 2020
Publishing House: St. Martin’s Press

This is a book I had actually forgotten about. Keltin first read it when it came out in July of 2020 and I wanted to read it but there was a lot going on and other books to read. Recently as I was searching for a new book Keltin suggested three and I selected Axiom’s End.


Truth is a human right.

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. 

Aliens aren’t really my thing, that being said I flew through this book. I really enjoyed the story overall, it is detailed and the characters evolve as the narrative progresses. One thing that I really enjoyed about this book is how the author really worked to highlight the differences between humans and the various subraces of the alien species. They are not human, they do not think or reason like humans. However, they can change and an understanding can grow between two very different races.

Despite my general love of the book there were something that I didn’t like. Questions that did not get answered, that almost were presented. Questions, that if they had been asked and answered, would have changed the flow of events in the book to a point and possibly the relationship of the main characters. This is the first book in a series and the others are not out yet.

Despite my issue with this book it is a fast paced alien, science fiction read. The story moves well and is well planned. I do suggest this book for sci-fi fans, fans of alien conspiracies, and fans of action. Happy reading.

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