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review 2018-12-01 13:57
Another reread that was even better than the first time around!!!!
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

Just like Scythe, illuminae is another book I wanted to reread before the New year begins. 

I just love the character of Kady what a badass she turns out to be in this book, I loved that she wasn't winne and she did thinks for herself and didn't need a man to save her. 

I really also loved Ezra as well, but I wish we got actually scenes with them together but I still loved the banter between them. And I loved the parts we get with Ezra.

Since this is a reread, I won't go really into review mood for this review here today. 

I will say I am definitely going to reread the other two books in the series, but unless I can find the time, than it will be sometime in the upcoming months. 



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review 2018-09-17 13:43
The Illuminae Files Series Review

I bought these from Bonpaper and I couldn't put my hands off them. The books are so good. Hats off to Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for bringing up this master piece.






This book was epic. Epic, I tell you!


I'm a huge sci-fi fan. As I've mentioned a hundred times over, that stuff is my shit. (Which is why I have filled this review with completely irrelevant Doctor Who gifs, and only Doctor Who gifs. You're welcome.)


I think you know the drill by now: I warn the reader of the sheer multitude of gifs and fangirling coming their way, state more than once that "this is not a review, but more of a mess of my thoughts", et cetera, et cetera.

Illuminae had everything I loved: brilliant storytelling, lovable characters, and a chilling, captivating plot.

"Nothing ceases to exist. Energy does not perish, it merely changes forms. The ones you love, the ones you lose, they still exist as long as the cosmos does."

The main reason I bought this book was because of how hyped it was on Booktube, and how fucking glorious the cover is. It's okay to judge a book by it's cover in this case. I was not disappointed.


The characters were absolutely hilarious. One second I was stressing over the fate of the Alexander and the next:


"Discarded message:
Also, my friend here is wondering about the survivors lists becauseASDLKDGFKNDFGJBE MORE SUBTLE KADY LIKE A BRICK WHY DON'T YOU?"

"McNulty, J, Sgt: and if that works
McNulty, J, Sgt: u must name ur first kid james in my honour
Mason, E, LT, 2nd: >_>
McNulty, J, Sgt: if it's a daugher u name it jamette
Mason, E, LT, 2nd: 0_o"

"It's obvious he's got no ****ing idea what he's about - I mean, 'is in-experienced in matters of computer espionage.' (Shut up, I'm being professional.)"

Funnily enough, the writing style I loathed in Firstlife, I adored in Illuminae. It fit much better with the formatting, and didn't seem unnecessarily forced.

There were plenty of fantastic characters but my favourite had to be AIDAN. Yeah. The sociopathic artificial intelligence is my favourite character, and I don't know what that says about me. His It's scenes and back-and-forth with Kady was brilliant.

Kady: 'The meat? The incident? That's what you're calling them?'
Kady: 'People aren't just ****ing meat. And killing hundreds of them wasn't an incident. It was a massacre.'
Kady: 'I've heard this song before.'


[A part of me ships Ezra and Kady, but a part of me ships AIDAN and Kady...


It is completely impossible and improbable? Yes. Does that stop a teeny-tiny part of me from shipping it? No.

(spoiler show)


Illuminae: Now run.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/23395680-illuminae
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review 2018-08-17 16:45
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman


I liked this book up until the ending and then it was "give me a break". Not believable at all! It's made me second guess reading the rest of the series. 3-1/2 stars for most of the book, it would have been 4 stars without the ending.

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text 2018-08-17 15:09
Would it work for any squares in Halloween Bingo?
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

The first book had aspects in the second half that would make it work for a few squares in Halloween Bingo. Does this second book also have


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, or no?

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review 2018-08-05 16:50
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I apologize in advance. This review is long and rambly.


Where to start with Illuminae?


Okay, here´s a curious thing about me: I can put up with a lot of stupid things in a book so long as I´m thoroughly entertained and it´s not getting too stupid.


Having said that, this is exactly what has happened while reading Illuminae: the first half of the novel has been entertaining and thoroughly engaging and I didn´t mind all the annoying stuff such as passive aggressive teenagers or ship captains, who kill off their best pilots for being disobedient, even though they are severely understaffed and are about to get blown up. And then there is the second half of the book and to be honest, I can´t even comprehend how boring and dumb the second half has been. I will come back to this later.


The most unique thing about this book is the structure. The novel is told in the form of a casefile, comprised of interviews, chats between characters, analysis reports of surveillance footage, after combat reports, diary entries and so on. I didn´t mind the structure and for the most parts I even liked the way the story has been told, adding a lot of excitement to the story. Of course, a downside to the structure is that I couldn´t build up an emotional connection to any of the characters. They could have died, every single one of them, and I wouldn´t have cared one bit.

There were passages I started to skim-read, though. Especially the chats, whether it being the one between the two main characters Kady (ByteMe) and Ezra (Mason, E), who mostly went along those lines


Mason, E, LT 2nd: Luv u

ByteMe: Luv u 2

Mason, E, LT 2nd: <3


or the chats between Ezra and his friend James, which are the most mind numbingly stupid conversations ever written


McNulty, J, Sgt: jus saw you head back to your rack wut news chum

McNulty, J Sgt: chum

 McNulty, J, Sgt:  mason

McNulty, J, Sgt:  ezramaaaaaaassssoooonnlSrnbopNRB[onerb

McNulty, J, Sgt:  I guess they didn´t shoot u

Mason, E, LT 2nd: nope, not me

McNulty, J, Sgt:  good news for ms hottie and my young namesake


But still, I enjoyed this book up until the point where the AI, Aidan, gets introduced. And from this point onward, I will put everything behind a spoiler tag, because I´m going to spoil the heck out of this book:



The AI is supposed to calculate every possible outcome of a situation and choose the possibility with the best outcome and the least amount of casualties. Bear that in mind.


At the beginning of the book Aidan gets damaged in combat and basically blows up a ship with thousand of people on it because of reasons. Aidan gets then shut down. But alas, a battle ship is still in pursuit of the remaining ships, so after having fixed Aidan, the AI gets restarted to help the military in its fight against the enemy. After successfully having done that, the AI fears for no apparent reason at all that the humans are about to shut him down again. The solution to this problem: shutting all the doors and leave a corridor from airlock four to the bridge and unleash the lame-ass zombie armada on the bridge staff. Aidan´s objective: killing off the only dude on the ship (can´t remember his name, I think it was Byron), who can shut him down (the rest of the crew is apparently too dumb to do that).  


Unfortunately, Aidan has forgotten to shut one door on the bridge, so Byron can escape and doesn´t get killed by the initial zombie attack. And another thing Aidan has forgotten is the fact that he isn´t fully functional just yet and the one guy, Byron, who is able to fix him, is the one he wants to kill in the first place. And to top it off: the virus, which made people into zombies, is airborne. Byron gets infected and then he starts chopping up Aidan´s servers with an axe.


Now is the right time to remind you of the fact that this AI is supposed to act according to the best outcome with the least casualties. So far Aidan has made one moronic choice after another.




And after that a whole lot of shit ensues. Aidan impersonates Ezra, luring Kady over on his ship, because she is a pink haired, hacker-genius kind of teenage girl with an IQ of 147, who is the only other person in the whole fleet who can fix him. Kady is then on the zombie infested ship, helping Aidan out (even though he has disclosed to her that Ezra is dead and she is massively pissed off about it) and rescuing the non-infected people on the ship (it seems like they have a hazmat suit for every single person on board).


Trust me, the rest of the story isn´t even worth mentioning, but let me just say that the layout of this ship doesn´t make sense at all and that zombies are lame.




The story hit rock-bottom for me when Aidan developed feelings for Kady.






It´s a freaking AI! He is not programmed to have feelings, the only thing this AI has to do is to make calculations. And Kady is just horrible. I would have lured her to an airlock and blasted her out into space. An AI is a better person than I am. That is just great.




I was even disappointed by the ending. Ezra isn´t dead. Yep, Aidan has lied. How shocking. The ship with Aidan and Kady gets blown up and Kady survives the explosion and the subsequent radiation poisoning. Not even Aidan is completely gone, he managed to load a part of him onto Kady´s tablet and he is self-regenerating …. what a load of rubbish!



(spoiler show)



Just writing about this book brings back all the rage, so I´m changing my rating to one star. Really hated this book.

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