Book Review: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Book name: Illuminae 

Authors: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Number of Pages: 599 pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.32/5 stars

My Rating: 5/5 stars

The Illuminae Files

My Review: 

THIS BOOK DESERVES A MILLION SHINING STARS! Why? I’ll let you know now.

First of all, this is a book that I believed was way overhyped. From all the booktubers to the bookstagrammers, you can’t go anywhere without seeing this book being hyped up. After reading Nevernight by Jay Kristoff last August, I started to believe that Mr. Kristoff has a great writing style, but I was still skeptical about spending my money on this book (Note: I also wasn’t a huge fan of Sci-Fi). 

One day in January, my cousin and I were in a bookstore looking for unique books and I told her about this one. She immediately bought both Illuminae and Gemina because she LOVED the format of these books. She then kept them at my house so I can read them. Little did I know that I’ll be a huge Illuminae fan later.

This book is written in different styles and from multiple perspectives. You have the perspective of Kady, Ezra, and and an intelligence defense system called AIDAN. It is a fast paced, cliff-hanger filled, highly addicting story about a chase between two space fleets where one of them is trying to get to safety while a dangerous disease spreads on board one of the ships  (but will they make it?).

“You have me. Until every last star in the galaxy dies. 

You have me.” 
― Amie Kaufman, Illuminae

I enjoyed reading this book immensely since it was written in a unique format including hacked emails, document, video files, and schematics. The amount of time it took for the authors must have been A LOT! Because the way the story is structured just blows away your mind. And, I found out that they used real people’s names while writing this series. How cool is that?

A sample of the book’s uniqueness

In the end, this book (and Gemina) has gotten me though a really tough time in my life when I read them in February. I still think they deserve a lot of love because they are great, quick reads which are beautifully written (and structured). After reading this book, I am now encouraged to read more of Amie’s books. And I am glad to say that I became a huge Sci-Fi fan.

Great job Amie and Jay.
Here is my favorite Aidan quote:

“Am I not merciful?” – JK & AK


And now I will leave you with a synopsis of Illuminae.


synopsis from Goodreads: “This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. 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 enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.”

My Year In Books – 2016

Hey everyone!

 
My favorite part of Goodreads each year is the ability to look back at what I have read during the year. In 2016, I was able to complete my Goodreads challenge by reading 60 books with over 20 thousand pages *YAAAYY*. Until last week, I wasn’t sure i was going to be able to complete my challenge. It has been my highest goal since I started my account on Goodreads.

The shortest book was an eBook by Jodi Picoult “Larger than life” – 78 pages – which I just read in December.

The longest book I read was in January which was “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt which was 864 pages long. I did not enjoy this book and it caused me a major reading slump. The other major reading slump was in August and both were around 3 weeks to a month.

The Average length of the books I read this year is 343 pages. You can have a look at my reading activities below:


You can read more about my favorite books of 2016 here.

Also, if you want to have a look at my most disappointing reads of the year, you can check my post here.

Let me know how many books are you planning to read next year.

I wish you all a Happy New Year!
Marwa..

Popular Series I Haven’t Read

Good evening everyone!

To start off my blog, I thought about writing down about all the popular series  which I own (or partially own) and still haven’t started. The reason for this is that I would like to get recommendation on which series to start reading during the fall time. So, here they are:

Red Queen:

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Red Queen: Victoria Aveyard

Now this is a very popular series by Victoria Aveyard which I discovered last year. I have heard so many great reviews and would love to start reading it soon.

Legend:

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Legend: Marie Lu

Another series I own is the Legend series by Marie Lu. I believe that I am the last person on earth who has a bookstagram account and still didn’t read this series.  I bought these books in a book fair and thought I had a great deal on it. However, I believe now that I have discovered Book Depository too late. However, I did read the other series “The Young Elites” by Marie Lu and loved it.

Lux:

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LUX: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Yes, I am sure If you know “Sasha” from ABookUtopia, then you would know this series. She has been going on about these books for AGES and I bought them when I found out about her channel last year. I read an excerpt from iBooks and loved how funny it was. I NEED to start this series soon.

Falling Kingdoms:

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Falling Kingdoms: Morgan Rhodes

Now this is a semi-popular series and I only own the first book. But still, it is a fantasy and I LOVE fantasies.

Snow Like Ashes:

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Snow Like Ashes: Sara Raasch

YES, YES, SHAME ON ME! I haven’t even started this series and I know I am missing out on a lot.

The Lunar Chronicles:

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The Lunar Chronicles: Marissa Meyer

*GASP*! How do I even dare calling my self a book lover when I haven’t even read this series and formed my own opinion? Unfortunately, I only discovered this series this year from bookstagram. Yes, I know you are asking “Does she even live in this world?” but to my defense, I haven’t seen this series in my country’s bookshops before this year.

Starbound Trilogy:

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Starbound: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

This is another series I have known through Sasha and would love to start it as I haven’t read many Sci-Fi books before.

A Court of Thorns and Roses:

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A Court of Thorns and Roses: Sarah J. Maas

NO WAY! Is there a person on earth who hasn’t ready any book by Sarah J. Maas? Unfortunately, It’s me. I am so ashamed to tell you all I have NOT read any book by SJM (I still didn’t buy her “Throne of Glass” books yet).

The Winner’s Trilogy:

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The Winner’s Trilogy: Marie Rutkoski

No, I still did not read this series even though I heard it is VERY great and that it has a strong female lead.

Firebird:

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Firebird: Claudia Gray

To tell you the truth, I have completely forgot what this series is about, yet I do know that a lot of people have enjoyed it. Do let me know if I should bring it up on my TBR list.

The Mistborn Trilogy:

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Mistborn: Brandon Sanderson

I haven’t seen any post/video where someone said a bad thing about any Brandon Sanderson book.I have decided to start with this series as his other series are VERY long (I think this one is too, but it can be read as a trilogy by itself).

Daughter of Smoke and Bone:

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Laini Taylor

Now this series belongs to my brother (I only bought the last book), but it has been sitting on my shelves for a long time. The only reason I haven’t read it yet is because I have heard mixed reviews and I am afraid that I will not enjoy it.

The Maze Runner:

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The Maze Runner: James Dashner

So, this is the last series in this post. I didn’t read the book because I have seen the first movie and loved it and I am afraid that I am going to hate the books.