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review 2018-07-18 14:00
Gemina
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.

 

 

-Shey

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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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text 2018-05-24 19:27
Reading progress: 86%.

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Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman  Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman  

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text 2018-05-24 14:01
Reading progress: 50%.
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

Oh, sheesh ... this is something else.  I'm not going to share highlights because I'd spend all my reading time sharing the bits (and risk sharing so many it would violate copyright).

 

I get the hype on this one.  On the surface, I wasn't sure I'd be as thrilled with it (lots of opening clips and text from IM's, potential teenage up/down romance angst, ...) although mention of AI intrigued me.  

 

I'm hooked.  

 

I must say, though, that the AI Aidan voice in my head sounds exactly like Hal from Clarke's space odyssey book.  Not the storyline or the characters, just that somehow I "hear" his voice as Hal's.

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review 2018-04-20 03:00
Words Can Not Express...
Obsidio (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

...how freaking fantastic this book was! It was so damn good! But man I hate that its over! I'm going to miss the crew, even AIDAN, especially AIDAN!! 

 

I thought Obsidio was way better then Gemina- and just as good if not better, then even Illuminae. Don't get me wrong Gemina was good but I honestly thought it had way too much of a teenage vibe to it. A lot of the dialogue and banter got on my nerves, so I was desperately hoping I would be spared in Obsidio. And thank the heavens Obsidio did not take on that tone at all! It was an amazing work of art! This is one series that I can actually see myself re-reading/listening to over and over again! 

 

 

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