Note: I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.
I bought the first part of the Axiom series, The Wrong Stars, on a whim in a sale. When I saw the second part, The Dreaming Stars, up for review on NetGalley I couldn’t help myself, and requested it. Luckily I got it, because I really like this series, and can’t wait for part three (tentatively titled The Forbidden Stars).
After the adventures of Callie and her crew in The Wrong Stars, they are on the hunt for any Axiom projects, artefact or locations. When news reaches them of crews going missing, and a whole Liar/Free station has gone silent, they must decide if they will go on and investigate. This is of course never a real question, so they all go on to the Taliesen system to check out what is going on. Quickly they stumble upon artefacts that might be Liar, but probably are Axiom. The Axiom artefact they find this time is a lot harder to beat.
This second book in the Axiom series continues the great characterization and diversity started in the first book. We learn more about the characters from the Anjou, we meet new characters and learn more about the cultures, planets, galaxies and developments in the universe that Pratt has imagined for us. The adventure in the Taliesen galaxy with the Axiom is even bigger than what happened when the White Raven crew first discovered the Axiom, and to my joy we learn a lot more about this strange and dangerous alien race. We also learn more about the Liars, and indeed about the human developments of the last 500 years. Elena is a wonderful guide for us and I love that Pratt uses this mechanism to introduce all kinds of concepts to us. What can I say, if you liked The Wrong Stars, you’ll like The Dreaming Stars, I know I did. Four out of five stars.