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Axiom's End: 1 (Noumena)

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I just really enjoyed that entire scene and it feels good that Ellis let's you draw conclusions yourself without spelling things out in text. So when I saw this happening with Ampersand, when he and Cora began to form this friendship, which would go on to blossom into love I couldn't help but project a little onto him. Though it does have a lot of hard sci-fi elements and my low attention span had trouble keeping up with some terms, the author does such a good job of driving the plot forward along with the characters that it kept me reading and enthralled. Soul-Crushing Desk Job: Cora starts the book with a stultifying office job; after she has to drop out of college, she ends up working for a terrible temp firm with equally terrible micromanaging clients. Living under The Broken Seal’s shadow was a source of chronic fear that had only worsened since the Ampersand Event and subsequent leak of the Fremda Memo.

Title Drop: Ampersand explains that the amygdalines know of three spacefaring civilizations, but they're all descended from the same common ancestor.Strongly affected by the revelation that they have pair-bonded, Cora asks Ampersand not to leave her. Add on to this Cora's difficulty with having recently moved back home with her mother, and her trouble keeping a job, and we meet a woman who's dealing with a lot. The force driving this controversy is Cora's whistleblower father, and even though she hasn't spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the Internet, the paparazzi, and the government and redirected it to her. Ampersand broke containment from the Transient prison he was being held in, then traveled through deep space to rescue Ĉefo. Regardless, Superorganism knows what's happening on Earth in real-time, and is expected to attack Earth in about 5 years.

She’d bleached it blond several months ago, before she’d dropped out of college, but about six inches of her natural wet-hay hair color had grown in since. Alternate History: Cora's 2007 goes quite a bit differently from the real one—after the two meteor strikes, her father releases a slew of classified documents and files, including, crucially, a recording that proves George W. While life could exist in some hypothetical distant galaxy, the expansion of the universe means that humans and amygdalines have no hope of finding it without developing Faster-Than-Light Travel. Notorious Parent: Cora's father Nils Ortega is the single most wanted but influential man in the book's universe. Stories like Beauty and the Beast, to even further back and myths like Eros and Psyche which dates back to the 2nd century AD, tell stories of people falling in love with inhuman creatures.It is revealed that the Superorganism's most recent knowledge of humanity comes from the Middle Ages, shortly after the Black Death, so it's understandable that they view humans as particularly violent and dangerous. This is probably best explored in her video essay 'My Monster Boyfriend', but is by no means the only time that she talks about it. There's some pretty cool horror scenes early on, and a vein of humour running through the books which stays just on the right side of dated pop culture references (the alternate-past setting helps with that).

They can act as stand ins for marginalised people, people who are shunned by society, who are seen as threats. Interspecies Romance: By the end the book, Cora and Ampersand's relationship is edging out of mere friendship and into something a bit less platonic. Oh, the outrage in the hacktivist community that she had dared insinuate that their god-king was fallible. I never thought I would feel nostalgic for the Bush era, but since things did make me reminisce in the nostalgia. Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being humanand could unleash a force more sinister than she ever imagined.In a cast of CIA, federal agents, and aliens, it is pretty risky to make your Human Protagonist/Audience Stand In so ordinary. But it had been through PMT, the temp agency Demi worked for, that Cora had her temp job, and it had been Demi who had vouched for her. Furthermore, amygdalines that are neither Oligarchs nor Similars are much, much smaller; the Propagandist fremda are described as roughly one-third of Obelus' size. The door began to close, but Eli smashed the Door Open button, smiling like he’d done her a big favor as the door bounced back open. She got out of the car, with no choice but to leave it on the street despite it being street cleaning day, approached her mother, and asked, “Can you give me a ride to work?

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