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review 2018-02-19 02:57
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
So ... this series has me screaming, but internally because my family is around.

I was honestly surprised by how much I'm enjoying this series. I haven't read anything like this before but maybe this is because I just haven't ventured into this genre before or something. Either way, this is new for me.

One of my favourite things about this is the way that it's told. It's set up as a dossier with files and collections of messages sent between people and reports and video footage. The authors even went so far as to provide actual faces for almost all of the characters which is just great. There's all this pretty artwork on top of it too to keep things interesting.

And I admire how diverse the characters are, you have characters from every race and ethnicity out there and they're not background characters either, they're important. 

I need to talk about AIDAN for a second, the artificial intelligence system, because I've never been so infuriated in such a long time over an artificial intelligence system. It barely even has a personality and yet ... you wanna punch a computer in the screen just from reading this book. AIDAN is fucking crazy, like watching it develop a consciousness in the first book was honestly terrifying. This shit followed me into my dreams like I'm not joking, I was S C A R E D. But then you grow to enjoy AIDAN and it takes a lot to turn you around from hating an AI system to being like oh okay I guess you're not that bad.

I know that a few people have a problem with the romance line in the series but I honestly don't see why as it doesn't take away from the story. Like it's pretty background music type of stuff you know, it doesn't take away focus from the main story and what's really happening or what the reader is meant to be focusing on. If anything, I think it adds to the story, I feel as if I understand the characters a little better because of the underlying romance. You understand their motives more and why they do what they have to do.

I also really appreciate that the text messages they send each other are readable. Pretty much all of the time that adults attempt to write teenage talk through text it's literally unreadable. As a teenager, I can't read shit whenever I see an author's attempt to write teenage text. It takes me a good 5-10 minutes to figure out what the fuck the author is talking about BECAUSE YOU CAN'T READ THE TEXT. 

"But they're adults, they haven't been teenagers in a while." I hear you, but also just talk to a 17-year-old, text them, see how they respond. Mimic it. It's not that hard.

So yeah, I appreciate that the text talk was readable and accurate.

Also hey, let's appreciate Ella, who's disabled but still has spunk to her and is still hella smart and a force to be reckoned with. 

And the plot was really good, it kept moving at a good pace and new things kept popping up to keep you moving so things never got dull. I was honestly tense and anxious while reading this just waiting to hear what else was going to pop up. And I didn't see any of the plot twists that came up in the book, like the signs were there I just didn't think anything of it until the end and then it hit me like a brick.

So yeah, I recommend the series, I thought everything about it was great and I'm pumped for the last book to come out to see how this ends.

 

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review 2018-01-23 16:12
Sofia und Gideon
These Broken Stars. Sofia und Gideon - Stefanie Frida Lemke,Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

Lilac und Tarver haben als Einzige den Absturz der Icarus überlebt. Jubilee und Flynn haben die Machenschaften von LaRoux Industries aufgedeckt. Nun treffen sie auf Sofia und Gideon, um den Konzern LaRoux Industries in die Schranken zu weisen.

Sofia und Gideon sind ein einfallsreiches Gespann, das sich auf dem Planeten Corinth zum ersten Mal gegenübersteht. Gideon ist ein berühmt-berüchtigter Hacker und schon mehrere Jahre lang LaRoux Industries auf der Spur. Sofia ist es gewohnt als charmante Hochstaplerin an ihr Ziel zu kommen, wofür sie Gideon gut gebrauchen kann.

„These Broken Stars. Sofia und Gideon“ ist der Abschlussband der These-Broken-Stars-Trilogie. Bereits durch die Titel weiß man, dass in den einzelnen Bänden bestimmte Charaktere im Vordergrund sind. Hinter den Paaren versteckt sich eine Galaxie voll faszinierender Ereignisse, die mit Macht, Korrumpierung und dem sternenumspannenden Konzern LaRoux Industries zu kämpfen hat.

Diese Trilogie ist eindeutig unter Science-Fiction einzuordnen, wobei auch die emotionale Ebene und amouröse Begegnungen nach vorne drängen.

Wie auch bei den vorherigen Bänden ist man als Leser von Anfang an dabei. Man wird sofort in die Handlung auf Corinth gezogen und hat kaum Zeit, sich ein Bild von dem urbanen Planeten zu machen. Sofia und Gideon treffen aufeinander und müssen im gleichen Moment einer brenzligen Situation entgehen.

Sofia ist eine Hochstaplerin, eine Täuscherin und sogar in der Disziplin der Selbsttäuschung äußerst begabt. Sie denkt, dass sie keinem anderen Menschen vertrauen kann, baut Lügengerüste um sich herum auf und lässt niemanden, absolut niemanden, an sich heran.

Gideon lebt als zurückgezogener Nerd, der nicht besonders viel Wert auf reale Gesellschaft legt. Zwar ist er gerne mit seinen Freunden über diverse Foren und Chats verbunden, doch im echten Leben bleibt er lieber für sich allein, weil er sich nur so sicher fühlen kann.

Die Handlung wird zuerst aus den Perspektiven von Sofia und Gideon erzählt. Besonders die erste Hälfte des Buches widmet sich diesem Gauner-Gespann. Als Leser nimmt man abwechselnd ihre Perspektiven ein und begreift, warum sie von der restlichen Welt so abgekapselt sind.

Dazwischen werden Erinnerungen eingestreut, die aus einer ganz anderen Ecke des Universums stammen. Dadurch begreift man Zusammenhänge aus den ersten beiden Bänden, die sich bis zum Ende zu einem Gesamtbild fügen.

Die Handlung lässt nicht zu wünschen übrig. Allerdings wären mir mit Sofia und Gideon allein schnell langweilig geworden. Doch genau im richtigen Moment werden alte Bekannte auf Corinth eingefügt, wodurch die Geschichte eine ganz neue Dynamik erhält.

Schon allein das Setting von Corinth unterscheidet sich stark von den ersten beiden Bänden. Denn Corinth ist eine blühende Stadt, in der das Leben auf verschiedensten Ebenen wuselt. Verschiedenste Etagen werden von unterschiedlichen Bevölkerungsgruppen belebt und ich habe dem Treiben ganz neugierig zugesehen.

Insgesamt habe ich mich gut unterhalten gefühlt. Ich mag den Handlungsrahmen, die verschiedenen Charaktere und dieses Weltraumleben, das die Autorinnen entworfen haben. 

Ich war beim Absturz der Icarus live dabei, habe auf Avon einen Krieg mitangesehen und nun  auf Corinth grauenvolle Machenschaften aufgedeckt. Für mich war „These Broken Stars. Sofia und Gideon“ ein gelungener Abschlussband, der vielleicht nicht mehr ganz so fesselnd wie die ersten beiden Bände war, dafür aber noch einmal einen interessanten Blick auf die Welt von LaRoux Industries erhaschen lässt. 



Die Reihe:
1) These Broken Stars. Lilac und Tarver
2) These Broken Stars. Jubilee und Flynn
3) These Broken Stars. Sofia und Gideon
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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text 2018-01-21 14:12
Finished: Illuminae
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

Guys, I loved this one.  Great Sci-Fi Adventure with a bit of romance, but not a Romance-Masquerading-As-Sci-Fi, like we see all too often.

 

Not sure if I'll get around to posting a review, but this one lives up to the hype. Five Stars.

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review 2017-12-31 23:55
WOW this Audio for the Book is just WOW!!!!!!
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I have to say I am not a huge audible fan, but if all audios were as fantastic as this one, I would listen to them a whole lot more. 

I really loved Ezra, and Kady so freaking much, and how cute were they, when they communicated with one another. I really thought the story and some characters were really pretty awesome. I got chills going up my arms whenever the voice of Aiden came into play. I still can't decide if I liked Aiden or not. I could understand its logic but not how it went about it. I don't want to say to much about the story, because I am afraid I would give a lot of spoilers out. The ending was just super WoW, I would actually say the whole second half was just freaking creepy and Nuts. And it took you on a Freaking Awesome, fantastic, and one hell of a ride. I would definitely recommend this book, especially as an audible book if you could afford it. Also if you have the book, get the audible and following along with the audible with the book. Because the book in regards to how it's set-up is not to be missed. I only have the e-book for this one, but for book two, I have the e-book, audible book, and hardback, as well.

I can't wait until I have time for the second book, and for the last one in the series to come out.

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text 2017-12-28 05:02
Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I really am enjoying this audio book a lot. I really like no surprise here, but of course I am going to say Ezra, sorry if I might have spelled his name wrong. I also really love the main character of Kady, she's a total bad-ass. And this audio is just making the book come alive.

The creepiest character is the AI is that what its call it? Which is called Aiden ( not sure how they spell its name?)

More to come once I finish the audio-book. Can't wait to see how this one ends!!!!!!

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