READ º Illuminae


READ º Illuminae ´ Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she'd ever been through That was before her planet was invaded Now with enemy fire raining down on them Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft with an enemy warship in hot pursuitBut the warship could be the least of their problems A deadly plague has brKady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she'd ever been through That was before her planet was invaded Now with enemy fire raining down on them Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft with an enemy warship in hot pursuitBut the warship could be the least of thei. Visually Illuminae is an extremely fun and uniue kind of book It's a romantic space opera told through a collection of interview transcripts diary entries emails and gorgeous space images like thisSounds amazing no If I was rating solely based on cool ideas this would get a bajillion starsA book this attractive should not be boring and yet the most exciting things about it by far were the unusual style and graphics The story itself of a planet being invaded in 2575 simply didn't hold my attention I found myself wanting to skim read many of the pages Maybe it was because the lovers at the centre of the novel were boring caricatures of teenagersMaybe it was because of the detailed scientific descriptions and diagrams of spaceshipsMaybe it was the tiresome and dull Unipedia pages that made me feel like I was studying for an essayBut mostly I think it was because of the teens in love Kady embodies the definition of a strong heroine but doesn't actually have a personality beyond that Her entire characterization is built around badass girl power and I almost want to love that fact but she never felt like a person She felt like a cardboard cutout delivering snarky toughnessThe conversations between her and Ezra feel forced like someone reading off a scriptIt's the kind of book that looks way better from far awayBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


Help her bring it all to light EzraTold through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents including emails schematics military files IMs medical reports interviews and Illuminae is the first book in a heart stopping high octane trilogy about lives interrupted the price of truth and the courage of everyday hero. ”You picked a hell of a day to dump me Kades”I swear the interviews with those two at the beginning of the book are certainly among the best introductions to a new series I ever read I mean OMG THIS BOOK I’m still not over it I swear when I started to read it I really didn’t know a lot about “Illuminae” There were only three things I knew and I had absolutely no idea how it would work out for me1 It’s a sci fi series2 The format is kinda weird and apparently the audio book is the shit3 The hype around it is so real that it’s almost a physical thingWell enough reasons to pick up the book and to give it a try right If only I would have known what I was signing up to lol Nothing really NOTHING prepared me for the things that were about to come I was totally swept away by this book and its events and yet yet there were many typical tropes I already read about a thousand times BUT tell you what It worked And damn did it work I dunno how Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann did it but this was so so SO GOOD The suspense was killing me and whenever I had to stop to read all I wanted to do was to continue I mean a virus outbreak in one of the ships My first reaction was “Been there done that got the freaking t shirt” but WOW once you dive into the story once you get used to the format it’s almost like you’re actually there like you’re fighting alongside Ezra and Kady and this was just awesome ”The victim often seeks physical comfort hand holding embraces ultimately increasing the chances of spreading infection It’s genius really Awful horrifying genius”I think you can already tell that I’m struggling for words It’s so hard to put this experience into coherent sentences All I can say is that this book is swallowing you whole and then spits you out at the most crucial point And there were plot twists JEEZ Were there plot twists The kind of plot twists that turn your entire world upside down and leave you gasping on the ground I WASNOT PREPAREDFOR THISThe best thing about the entire book were the characters though They made it all so authentic and realistic and I found myself hoping they would make it while I sent prayers into thin air Which should give you a good impression about how attached I got to them Plus I had a crush on all three of them I love Kady and Ezra and I ADORE I ABSOLUTELY ADORE AND LOVE AIDAN 3333And their conversations Their humour and easy banter the bitter truth that was hidden within it so casually This was nothing but awesome Let me introduce those three The characters Beware You’re entering my characters section now and there might be spoilers ahead of you Either you rearrange your course or you head straight into unknown non terrestrial territory ; P Ezra ”That’s so not your business it almost punches clean past the event horizon of Not Your Business and becomes Your Business again”Haha Oh gosh I loved him from the very first moment I read about him This boy was such a precious snowflake and he had a mouth on him LOL I lived and breathed for the moments he appeared He was really such a sweet guy and behind all the cussing and swearing he was a real romantic 3 I can understand why he loved Kady and their relationship was amazing They were friends and lovers and all I wanted for them was to be happy and to see each other again ”Okay well for the benefit of the sight impaired I am now raising my oh dear yes it’s my middle finger at Mr Postgrad here” ”All he thinks of amid this loveless dance all he cares about here on the edge of forever is HER He does not want to die Not because he is afraid Simply because he cannot bear the thought of leaving her behind And there in that tiny moment I envy him”Kady ”If I lose Ezra too it’ll be one body blow too many If I lose Ezra too I’ll give upI don’t think I have anyone else leftBut while I have him I’ll fight tooth and nail to keep us safe Whatever it takes”Kady sighs deeply Wow Just wow I rarely read about such a fierce heroine and despite being so small she was so brave and AMAZING I mean she literally took it up with the entire world and nothing really nothing that happened ever managed to get her down She got up time and again and she never stopped fighting That inner strength and iron will whistles I guess I was a goner the moment she appeared in the book 333 I love my precious girl and she needs to be protected at all costs She’d probably kick my behind for that statement though lol ”She is a tief A whisperMelting through curtains of code and shadow Like a knife through black water ”ByteMe see u soonByteMe or die tryingByteMe haha”AIDAN ”And now with no other option They have turned to me Plucked me back from the black they left me inThinking I will save them”And here comes the character I truly loved the most AIDAN the AI Yes you read right I absolutely loved and adored AIDAN GAH I worship AIDAN I’m utterly and deeply in love with himherit I carry a torch for AIDAN I’m so besotted with this AI it’s not even normal any lol AIDAN was such a deep character and so very very human This AI had such a beautiful soul I loved every single word hesheit thought and said And I really dunno what this says about me lol My buddy and I even wondered if this makes me AI phile or robo phile XD Is there even a word for the state of falling in love with an AI I can’t even tell you what made me fall head over heels for AIDAN but I guess it was the amazing mixture of a morally grey character that only wants the best for his people but choses the wrong means to achieve that goal All I know is that I love AIDAN and that I really really hope to see of him in the next book 333Funnily enough I read the interview with Amie and Jay at the end of the book and Jay explained his feelings about AIDAN like that ”I think it’s the deepest character I’ve ever written which is odd considering it’s a machine I dunno what it says about me that the mass murdering artificial intelligence affected me the most Nothing good probably”Haha I can relate to that statement so much SAME Jay SAME XD ”Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness” ”Before this moment I have never wished To be something other than what I amNever felt so keenly the lack of hands with which to Touch the lack of arms with which to hold” ”How many people have loved only to have lostHow countless the hopes that have died”ConclusionI loved this book with every fibre of my heart There was never a dull moment; I was constantly on the edge of my seat and I bit my thumbnail about a thousand times lol If there ever was a definition of suspense you’d probably find a picture of “Illuminae” next to the word in the dictionary Yes it was that good ; If you’re still hesitating to read this book just because of the strange format Just pick it up Read it Feel it Get swept away in the tide and enjoy that freaky outer space ride You won’t regret it XDAnd last but not least I want to thank my witchling for that super amazing buddy read We’re one of the best buddy read teams ever and I can’t wait to dive into “Gemina” with you I enjoyed this br so much It was a lot of fun to guess the outcome of the ending and to wonder about what would happen next and I’m so glad we decided to read this together To another hundred buddy reads with you ; P Did you really think I’d let you off the hook lol

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IlluminaeR problems A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet's AI which should be protecting them may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what's really going on As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth it's clear only one person can. DNF at 30%This book is written in epistolary format and it has the honor of being the most annoying book I've read this year Some people love that stuff I ain't one of them I love space shit Firefly Star Wars yes EVEN THE NEWER ONES Star Trek I loved Enterprise and I don't care who knows it This book was just terrible and terribly formattedThe first few chapters are entirely interviews It was annoying as shit It didn't endear me to the main characters and it explain nothing Interviews are nigh on useless for building a memorable introduction unless it is in the hands of an extremely skilled writer Not the case hereSo right off we have an annoying girl who's thinking about her ex bf when the invasion occurred huh I have no idea where we are I have no idea what year it is I don't know what a Kerenza whatever is Interviewer Wait you people had a subway system I thought this settlement was illegalEzra Mason Chum the Kerenza mine operated undetected for twenty years Whole families lived there You know how far from the Core we are right WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ONBad start And it didn't get much better After what seems like 10000000 pages of interviews all of a sudden we're at war still no idea where we are what year it is how we got here etc and then young people are getting conscripted for the military Anyone showing C grade ability or better is to be conscripted the day they hit eighteen We need pilots We need gunners We need spanner monkeys and chipheads And we need them nowThis is an unprecedented situation—to my knowledge no stellarcorp has ever openly attacked a United Terran Authority ship I don’t care if BeiTech Industries’ litigation department has enough red tape to gift wrap a small moon These corporations need to learn nobody is above the law and nobody attacks a UTA vessel without conseuences YayThere are battle ships and specs of battle shipsDo I give a fuck No I don't There are cool pictures There are snippets of things I couldn't give two shits about What I want is a sensible story and I didn't get that here I got a headache insteadBy 30% I still have no idea what the fuck is going on I concede my brain prefers structure If you're into this stuff good for you It's just not for me