About the Book
Author: Kristofor Hellmeister
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, YA
Release Date: February 2020
Death and violence do not exist in Axiom. There is no strife, no war, no suffering. There is no hunger, no sadness, and no pain. Axiom is a place of perfection. But, at what cost? In Axiom, mankind has willingly submitted itself to one man–the Lord Protector–who controls the destiny of every human being. Emotions have become outlawed. Relationships are forbidden. Any sign of the Disease is treated with hostility. Under the eternal guidance of the Lord Protector, mankind no longer knows what it means to be human. But, stirring within the hearts and minds of a few individuals is a reality which cannot be ignored. It is this reality which will cause the spark of rebellion to be born.
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This is an entertaining novel portraying a dystopian world of ultimate control. Citizens are not to have independent thoughts and certainly no emotions. There are a few who understand the error of this kind of society but their options are limited. Society is divided into an elite ruling class, obedient workers, and slaves.
This novel takes place centuries in the future and the world building is good. Axiom is a walled community and I did find it odd an outsider could find a way in. The character development was limited but perhaps because most of the characters are under such a controlled situation. There is a good spiritual aspect to the novel in that some of the slaves believe in Theo, God. I was surprised at the ending of the novel as it was not what I expected at all.
This is a good novel for readers who like dystopian fiction. It has some aspects to it that will make you think about what you might do in similar situations.
My rating: 4/5 stars/
About the Author
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The source of this novel comes from multiple experiences. I remember sitting in a church in downtown Atlanta at an event called TheoEd Talks. It was a theological discussion by leaders of the religious community that was designed much like a Ted Talk. I remember listening to a gentleman, I don’t recall his name, who was elaborating on a tension he was trying to navigate. At the time, there were riots and demonstrations were occurring in cities across the United States due to racial unrest. The man was a pastor and was asking the question, “What should I do?” I remember him elaborating on how he was not an activist, he was not a civil leader, he was not a politician, and yet he still had a role in the job he did best—pastoring. His challenge to us—do what you are passionate about and let this become your source of aid to the world’s problems. At the time, I was struggling with mental health, cynicism, and a gnawing sense of despair. I used these elements to create a novel which addresses a world in which culture is leaving behind Enlightenment thinking and embracing emotionalism. Axiom frames these cultural changes through the eyes of characters who are flawed but passionate in their desires. Entwined with my faith, I hope to have created a story that draws readers into a world where rationalism, emotionalism, and spirituality all must be embraced in order for us to be truly human.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)