Axiom’s End is the story of humanity’s first contact with alien life. The first thing that makes this a completely fresh story is that it has already happened. The story begins in 2007 with Cora Sabino, a twenty-something who is living with her mother, two younger siblings, and two dogs she adores. They all have taken their mother’s last name because their father is an infamous hacktivist who fled abroad after posting a memo revealing that aliens are here. The entire family knows they are under scrutiny and Cora wants nothing to do with it.

However, it’s not just the FBI and the CIA that seem to be looking at the Sabinos as she thinks she spotted an alien while looking for her dog.  Things move quickly and while her family is taken into custody, she becomes the only human to communicate with the alien who is named Ampersand. The rest you will have to read for yourself

I do not know Lindsay Ellis or any YouTube star. I am just not a YouTube person and after seeing what YouTube did to Alice Walker’s brain, I am staying away. So I did not have any predisposition to like this book. I am happy, though, to say I really loved it. I love that the aliens are so different, in ways we don’t quite understand. It is refreshing to see not only a different biology but also a different ethos, social structure, and imagination. The way different Fremdans play different roles for example. This is exciting stuff.

The story is fast-paced and internally consistent. The story is told through Cora’s experience and it fitted that the language was the kind of language a 20-something drop out would use. I think Lindsay Ellis ticked the boxes for the first in what promises to be a great series.

I received an ARC of Axiom’s End from the publisher through Shelf Awareness.