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Axis of Aaron Paperback – November 21, 2014
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So, what do I think of Axis of Aaron?
Well, it's unexpected as a work. Johnny and Sean are fun people to me. That's always been the dominant impression I got from their stuff. But as fun as these guys are, I've never forgotten the intellect that always bubbled under the surface. With this book, that intellect suddenly came to the fore. Don't get me wrong. This is still a fun read. It'll make you lose time, and forget to live life for a bit. But as fun as it is, this book will make you think. Not just about itself, but about yourself, too.
I think that's the strong point of Axis. It challenges you, it makes you question what you think you know. And since it deals with the very nature of reality, that's a heck of a question to ponder. The key thing is, Axis does all that, while still being an amazing story.
Because as mind-bending as it is, it's still a narrative. And a strong one, too.
How strong, you may ask?
Well, when I was reading this, I felt like I was free-falling. Towards the end, it was like reaching terminal velocity. I found myself saying, "No. It's not possible. I can't fall any faster than this. My mind is shot. What the heck are these guys doing to me?" As uncomfortable as that question was, I couldn't help turning the pages. I think that says it all, about how good of a story this is. As uncomfortable as it is to read at times, you can't NOT read it.
It's almost some weird, compulsive thing. Ebon's all confused, and you're all confused, and you're questioning your sanity, but you don't want to stop the ride.
That's what it was like for me. I got carried away. Ebon's journey became my own. I felt the confusion he felt. I identified with his dilemmas and moral questions. I felt his unraveling, his desperate desire to forget, and his increasingly futile attempts to make sense of it all. Yes, it was uncomfortable. No one likes having their sanity shaken up. But I would never trade the discomfort for anything. It's made me learn about myself, and that's priceless.
Truth be told, I think the book's effects prove something.
Only the best stories carry us with them. Only the best stories make us think while we feel. Only the best stories make us question ourselves. These sorts of stories change us, and we're never the same at the end. Axis of Aaron is that kind of story. It's not the easiest thing to read, but it is worth it. If you're looking for a way to kill time, this makes for time well-killed.
I recommend it to everyone, and am happy to say so.
Sean and Johnny - you guys hit a home run again. Keep the stories coming.
From day one on Aaron, things begin to seem off. It is almost as if the island itself is out to get him, or a part of him wants to pretend everything is fine. But what is fine? Depending on who you ask, you will get a different answer, reality itself seems to do whatever it dares, the loves of his past are not the women he knew and Ebon will have to face the worst enemy imaginable.
Although Ebon and I are different people with different lives, I can relate to the man. It is as if he is me from another world, only he looks like Mark Ruffalo and I... well, don't. *Clears throat* But in so many ways can I relate to the guy, how he thinks, and even some of what he went through. In some ways, this story was practically talking to me, and showing me some of my life as it was playing out (Sean and Johnny are just that good).
I know not everyone will agree, but this story was as deep as it gets. We all go through hell at some point in our lives, sometimes even over and over, and some of us make it some of us don't. Some of us are destroyed.
I don't want to ruin it for anyone, but seriously, a head-trip and an inspirational story.
Another awesome story for my library!