Sequel to the Hugo Award winning "Spin" (on my list of recommended books) this novel follows the story of the people who have travelled through the Arch created by the alien Hypotheticals to a new and distant world. Presumably you've read "Spin" if you're reading this - Do you want to read "Axis"? Most definitely yes. Is it as good as Spin? No. But that's not much of a criticism. Spin was a great book, because it was a deep story with believable, complex characters, both primary and secondary that just happened to be set in a sci-fi environment. The triangle in that book between Tyler Dupree, Jason and Diane was a touching coming of age story set against a backdrop of alien contact and apocalyptic events. Diane made me think about some of the women that have passed through my life and I doubt I'm alone in that. "Axis" recreates that feel with a new triangle between Lise Adams, her husband Brian and Turk Findley. A more traditional love triangle here then. I won't detail (spoil) the plot here, but the book develops the new earth-like world in a very believable way and we gain further insight into the Hypotheticals and their nature while finding out the fate of the characters from Spin. This book is very similar to Spin in that the elements above are combined with a new technological mystery relating to the Hypotheticals, focused on events that are not understood, involving characters who's motivations are sometimes unclear. However, the book does not develop the main characters as poignantly as Spin, secondary characters are not developed much at all, and the plot is not quite as gripping. If you like the genre and enjoyed Spin, you'll want to read this and nothing I'm going to write will stop you anyway - nor should it. But whereas Spin was a book that you couldn't wait to recommend to anyone, whether they liked sci-fi or not, this one is isn't.