REVIEW: ILLUMINAE

SUMMARY

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.

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.

THOUGHTS

This is just going to be a bunch of gifs, because what can you really say about a book this good?

So then, I’m sitting there, nearing the end of the book, and I kid you not- for the last 150 pages or so, this was my expression:

But then, just as all was winding down, the final blow was delivered, leaving me feeling like

So that’s that. Illuminae one of the (if not THE) best book I’ve read all year. Go read it now. You won’t regret it.

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WoW: THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT

THIS ONE IS SPECIAL

It’s July! That means summer is half over, fall is coming, an WINTER WILL BE HERE SOON!!!!

Our Waiting on Wednesday, a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, is the conclusion to a series that tops my list of sci-fi. And YA. And every kind of book there is. The Starbound novels are an exquisite set of books that are completely and totally out of the range of anything I have ever read in terms of their intensity, their amazing plots that intertwine worlds with space and just- I can’t even express how much I love them. This December, the trilogy will conclude with this beautiful book with this beautiful cover: 

SUMMARY (GOODREADS) 

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

WHY I WANT IT: 

Okay, here’s the deal: I LOVE science fiction. I. LOVE. IT. And to YA, science fiction with the kind of world-building and twists that Amie and Meagan offer, as well as the AMAZING characters, is very, very difficult to find. These books are so good that I sort of hope they never make movies out of them, because they could never be as good as the books. And the covers- the covers! Be still, my heart. The gown for TFL is completely and utterly gorgeous, and they did an absolutely amazing job cultivating that sci-fi elegance that their books usually incorporate. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one, and congratulations to Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner for writing a series that I will never stop loving. Never.

What’s YOUR WoW?

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WoW: ILLUMINAE

GET READY FOR SOME SCI-FI

This is a novel that I seriously CANNOT wait for. The story of warring intergalactic mega-corporations and the two people who have to bring everything to light, this book has been on my TBR list for like, 800 years. Well, as soon as I saw it on goodreads, anyway. Let me show you the beautiful cover of this one, coming to us October 20, 2015 from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff:

 

 IS THIS COOL OR WHAT?

HERE’S YOUR SUMMARY (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.

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.

CAN YOU SEE WHY I’M EXCITED?

Amie Kaufman is one half of a duo (with Megan Spooner) that write my absolute FAVORITE YA science fiction- These Broken Stars and This Shattered World- and book three, coming in December, will be on my WoW list, you can be sure. Her books are so well-written and the worlds so immaculately detailed that you can’t help but imagine living on them yourself. And the twists! The twists, oh my, they’re so amazing and heartstopping and everything else you want in a twist.

So you can see, as a science fiction lover, how I would be super pumped about this newest series, coming to us from two sides, coming from an established sci-fi presence in the YA world. However, I am a little worried, because on Jay Kristoff’s goodreads profile it states that he does not believe in happy endings. Well, I do. There are very few unhappy endings that I approve of- killing your MC off is a lazy way to end a book, people!

Anyway, I’m really excited to see this new series (NetGalley is killing me, making me wait) and tell you guys all about it, and I hope you;ll take a look now that it’s been brought to your attention!

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