A first contact story told from the point of view of the interpreter, Axiom’s End is a novel that is full of fascinating ‘what ifs.’ As the estranged daughter of an infamous hacker, Molly has always been subject to more scrutiny than most. Yet, when he releases what his followers believe is his greatest missive, things start to get very hairy for her. She accidentally steals one of the aliens that are fighting their intergalactic battle almost invisibility on Earth. The alien named Ampersand sees an advantage in using Molly as his interpreter and we see what motivation she has to form this relationship.
Axiom’s End is not your simple ‘aliens come to Earth’ story. There are deep threads running through this novel… themes likes government coverups, The Truth Movement, and the fear of the ‘other.’ I found Molly to be such an interesting character to follow and the author does such a great job of showing the reader the conflicts in her head as she wrestles at times with certain exposure and dire consequences.
Overall, this is a book I can definitely recommend. It has human emotions down; it caught me with the feels several times. I liked the writing and am excited to follow Ellis on more adventures in this series.
4.5 of 5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and the author for an advanced copy for review.