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on 19 May 2012
This book is the final work in a trilogy which was begun by mysterious aliens - labelled as the Hypotheticals, because they remained unseen - transporting the Earth via an enclosing 'time bubble' into the far future, when the Sun is swelling and dying. Technology pretty much halts in the upheaval and Earth is left in chaos.

A colony on Mars, however, benefited as time flowed slower there and technology advanced again. A Martian arrived on Earth bringing the knowledge of human immortality but was mysteriously killed. Mars is then shut off in its own 'time bubble' but knowledge of the immortality treatment gets out...Later, a giant Archway appeared in the Indian Ocean and offered access to a sequence of empty planets similar to Earth, and these are slowly explored and exploited for their resources, or used as hiding places by various groups.

There are two narratives in this latest, and final, installment. One is a story set on Earth and involves a psychiatrist, Sandra Cole, being given responsibility for a homeless boy, Orin Mather, by an unusually caring and interested policemen, Bose. The odd thing about Orin is that he writes a journal, about the adventures of two characters called Turk Findley and Allison Pearl.

This is the other narrative strand. Turk Findley, a pilot with secrets, who appears earlier in this trilogy, awakens during a battle taking place at the Archway to Earth. A giant flying habitat has been attacked and brought down. Turk meets a woman from the habitat, which she calls Vox. She has two personalities, a Vox and a human one, 'Allison Pearl', and the latter gradually takes control. Vox is repaired and they go aboard but the people of Vox are cultists, all wired together to share feelings, of which the most powerful is to meet the Hypotheticals. Vox's treatment of those not sharing this goal is ruthless and Turk and Allison learn to dissemble as they secretly plan to escape. Both narratives converge. Turk's motivations are revealed through a pivotal early experience. His actions on Vox precipitate the final crisis, after another earlier character is encountered who serves as a narrator of the conclusion.

I found this final volume to be a let down. Nothing much is moved forward in our knowledge of things since the first novel. While the human stories are well told (as ever with this author) the three novels could have been compressed into a single volume. The main point of this last last novel seems to be a rather tired warning about global warming, as the Earth that that the Vox journey through is dead through over-use of oil etc imported to Earth from planets connected via the Gateway. Compressing things would have sharpened the impact of the story.
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on 24 March 2012
Of the two books I liked Spin better although Vortex kept me interested. In Spin, the Earth is surrounded by a mysterious barrier that isolates it from the universe. Vortex is a sequel set in the same universe but with different characters. A doctor at a state psychiatric facility receives a new patient who seems slightly sub-normal but writes a personal history as if he is several people from the future. The sorting out of this contradiction drives the plot nicely. My only complaint was that it seemed very unlikely that an experienced doctor in this job would put her career on the line for such a patient. But if the reader accepts that, then the book motors along nicely. Wilson has a history of writing good plot driven sci-fi and Vortex is another example of his craftsmanship.
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on 1 December 2015
Loved Spin. Enjoyed Axis, even if it wasn't as good as Spin. Loved Vortex which is well written, going back and forth in time. The gap in time is ten thousand years but it all links perfectly, especially at the end. Spin was worthy of the Hugo award. In my opinion, so was Vortex.

Ray Smillie
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on 26 September 2016
Much better than Axis but not as compelling as Spin. If you're thinking about reading the Spin trilogy then definitely go for it, but if you decided to stop after Spin you would be no poorer for it as the stories are only loosely related.
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on 3 December 2015
What an amazing collection of books. Each startlingly different, but with huge themes so elegantly put together. Siri read the books to me whilst running or journeys around South Africa, and they are a worthy read - or listen.
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on 26 April 2015
The culmination off a trilogy of incredible imagination, Wilson,s thought processes are mind blowing. A science fiction classic.
I don't have enough superlatives to do it justice.
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on 6 January 2015
One of the best Canadian authors of science fiction. Characters thrown into an unknown and new situation.
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on 29 January 2016
Not as good as Spin but better than Axis. Delivers and interesting conclusion to the series.
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on 23 August 2014
brilliant book and great to be able to read a german book again
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on 31 December 2011
(I do apologize in advance, I am not a native speaker)
The story seems to be built up by combining flash-backs from different perspectives as well as real time perspectives. Some characters form previous books reappear. In the end the Gordian knot is unraveled. This third book in a series seems to finalize this story line. Worth reading when you enjoyed the previous two books.
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