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text 2019-03-01 21:35
Obsidio (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

This ending to the series was unfortunately less strong than the other two books for me. I still liked it, but... it didn't strike me as much. Probably because it was harder to get invested in the new characters, after getting to know the previous ones, as they were spread thin throughout the story? While I liked Asha, I just didn't care about Rhys. At all. I cared much more about AIDAN, the murderous, unstable, evolving-yet-at-the-same-time-devolving AI, so that's telling. (But who am I kidding? AIDAN was creepy AF, of course, that was the point, but he also made an excellent villain you can't get rid of because you also need its help, and... I'm sorry to say, but its decisions aren't even illogical, and even though the characters were all shocked at them, they were decisions someone had to make at some point. In a way, AIDAN allowed them to keep their hands somewhat clean, and no one even noticed it.)

Special mention for AIDAN, as evidenced above, and also for Pauchok. When it came to the human characters, Ella was definitely my favourite. I am torn between wishing she had had her romance part as well (as in, it felt that 'romance was only for the main-main characters', which relegates her to the rank of secondary character when in fact she should've been a main one), and glad that she doesn't need to be in a relationship to shine.

I'm also a bit disappointed at the couples and at certain death scenes. The first one because I'd have enjoyed seeing more diversity in the couples, or no couple for a change (like, not necessarily involving a romantic relationship—friendship is a good thing, too). The second because... well, let's say it didn't go as far as it should have.

Still an enjoyable story for me, but weaker than the first two instalments (which I had loved).

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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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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


(spoiler show)

, or no?

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review 2018-07-18 14:00
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I am so happy to finally have the chance to finish this one! I have heard so many wonderful things about Obsidio book #3, and really wanted to get to it to see how this series ends.


For me Gemina was almost as good as Illuminae. I didn't love the new characters as much as I did the previous characters, Kady, Ezra and AIDAN. AIDAN being my favorite. It's not that the old characters were excluded from this story, they all pop up in Gemina, but we see a whole lot less of them. Gemina revolves around new characters, Hanna and Nik.  


Hanna eventually grew on me (much like Kady did). She was pampered and a tad too over confident and I just didn't care too much for her through most of the book. I found Nik to be mostly likeable. Ella the hacker is a great character and probably my favorite of the new cast.


At one point I felt that my emotions were once again being manipulated in a similar fashion as in Illuminae, but this time around I didn't panic. I had a feeling the authors were toying with my feelings again and, thankfully, they were. Repeatedly. Such cruelty.


There was a ton of action, enough to keep you on the edge of your seat and plenty of twists and turns. One of my favorite things about this series is the format. You have so many interesting illustrations, reports, messaging conversations, video footage and the like. It's never repetitive and keeps you turning the pages.



I will avoid discussing the plot because it's too easy to spoil so I will just say, this series has to be one of the most unique I have ever read. I was not ready for that ending! Obsidio has a lot of explaining to do.




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review 2018-05-24 20:37
Review(?) of Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I just finished this.  Rated ★★★★★ and now believe every bit of the hype and buzz about this new-to-me science fiction series.


An actual in-depth review ... well, that's going to elude me.  The "feels" and how extremely easy it would be to ruin all the twists via spoilers if not carefully written.


Suffice to say, I returned the library book and am buying a hardcopy of this one and the rest of series.  Dang good SF with interesting AI, characters, and zero aliens.


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