Author: Kristofor Hellmeister
Genre: Science Fiction > Dystopia
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone
I’m very into dystopia. While there are few books that I’ve really liked, I’m always looking for books in the genre that sound interesting.
Axiom was one of those. When the author reached out to me for a review in return for an advanced reader’s copy, I immediately agreed. And I looked forward to reading it as well.
Axiom is peaceful. There is no violence and there are no variables. Even death is not a concept here.
People are known as “Figures” and have their own Roles in Axiom. Each Figure’s Role is important to the working of Axiom.
The reason this is seamlessly achieved is because only one person has control of Axiom—the Lord Protector. Only he has control and every Figure exists to serve him. In return for loyalty and obedience, he keeps Axiom peaceful and healthy.
But what happens when some Figures start having emotions? When they break out of Roles to search for purpose in their existence? And is Axiom really so perfect?
This book explores a future possibility where, to eradicate violence, emotions are removed and one person reigns with all control.
Tackling this review in the form of lists, because lists rock.
What I liked:
- The world-building.
The first half of the book had me hooked. Through perspectives of characters in very different positions of the world, we get to see the various sides of Axiom.
I was completely engaged when reading about the setting, and how things work in this fictional place. The technology described was very interesting as well.
- Addition of and debate on concepts like God and morals.
The way God was brought into the story and portrayed was quite clever. In the book, God is known as “Theo”. To me, that was weird in the beginning but it does make sense. No matter the name, it’s the belief that counts.
We see characters who are devout believers as well as characters who don’t even consider of such an existence. Interaction of the two was intriguing, and very similar to the current world’s stance. No matter the time, this debate will probably continue.
- The ending.
I can’t say why without spoiling it but I appreciated how the book ended. It made me think for a few minutes, and I liked that.
What I did not like:
- The plot didn’t seem cohesive all the time.
In fact, different characters could have been in entirely different worlds. There was very little connectivity between the different areas of the book, which was jarring during the perspective shifts.
- Character growth.
This was the thing that got on my nerves the most. Characters would make entire revelations about themselves and/or the world around them based on very little.
In reality, the process of one’s growth is very long. But in this book it took place in the span of a night. Out of nowhere, revelations and identity changes were made. I found it hard to accept, because it happened so suddenly and is done at once.
- I lost interest at around 50%
Until then, I was swept up in understanding the world and finding out how it worked. When the focus of the writing shifted to the characters, I wasn’t interested in the book as much.
It’s probably because of the way the characters’ journey was shown, especially a few key places about character growth. The world was great but the characters just did not interest me.
I found the book pretty okay. I didn’t enjoy the book a lot, but it wasn’t bad as well.
Recommended if you like great world-building, dystopian books.
Not recommended if characters and character growth is very important to you.
I rate this book…