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text 2018-03-21 17:13
Reading progress update: I've read 561 out of 672 pages.
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

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text 2018-03-20 18:38
Reading progress update: I've read 517 out of 672 pages.
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

Oh wow ...... so much happening but I'm not sure what or who to trust after Illumniae :p 


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review 2018-03-20 02:07
YA space opera with a unique format
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman
Gemina - Amie Kaufman,Jay Kristoff,Marie Lu
Obsidio (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I read Illuminae back when it was released and really enjoyed. Then I bought Gemina when it was released, and held onto it in anticipation of the release of Obsidio, which came out last Tuesday. I read all three of them over the weekend.


The good: 


You know how lots of reviewers will use phrases like "COMPULSIVELY READABLE," in all caps, like they are yelling at you? I would say that these books qualify, They are fast moving, exciting and heart-pounding. There is a lot going on, and things happen fast.


The format is very interesting, and is best experienced reading the physical book. Each page is an individual design triumph. The style is sort of "found footage," with analyst notes, chat logs, schematics, and other such elements. It's fun to experience, and gave me, as a reader, a sense of strong engagement.


One of my favorite "characters" in the books was AIDAN, who is the AI that shows up in all three books - always learning, always protecting, and ultimately experiencing love of a sort. The arc of AIDAN is fascinating.


The meh:


There is a lot of YA romance in these books. Each installment has its primary couple, and those relationships, and the innuendo and banter that go along with them, frankly, grow a bit wearisome. This is a common failing, in my opinion, with YA fiction. I frequently find that the romance elements leave me cold, with or without the damned love triangle. Only Gemina has anything that approximates a love triangle, but even so, I found the cute sort of overwhelming.


While the format is a strength, it can also be a weakness. I did notice that the stories dragged a bit in the middle, before they really gear up for the conclusion, and some of the pages require a little bit too much work to read.




However, overall, I really liked this series, and I think that it has significant reread potential. The books are amazing physical objects and I am glad that I own them. They sustained my interest in the series through to a satisfying conclusion. I would definitely read more by Kristoff and Kaufmann. 

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text 2018-03-20 01:16
Reading progress update: I've read 415 out of 672 pages.
Gemina (The Illuminae Files) - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

I really enjoying this and I love the characters . Also running or hearing about familiar names :)  

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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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