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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: purple3

Hello, everyone! Another day, another review, and this time, it’s Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s a book about how two teenagers, Kady and Ezra, who are exes and how they’re forced to work together after their planet has been attacked by a corporate spaceship. I think I’ve stayed away from this book for so long because of its genre (Sci-Fi), but when I saw others rave about it, as well as the fact that it was available in my library, that made me want to see what all the fuss was about. And after reading the book, I thought that it wasn’t really worth the fuss. It just didn’t interest me as much as it should have. There were some parts where I couldn’t put down the book, eager to see what happens next, but for the most part, I was kind of bored with the book and where the story went.

Some of the things I liked about this book was its unique writing style. Instead of Illuminae being written in the fashion of most books, a mix of dialogue and description, the book was comprised of a number of files (written, audial and visual) from the past year. They recorded the account of what happened in Kerenza and its people after it had been attacked by BeiTech, a corporate company. It was really fun to read and see how creative the authors were being with form and content. I also really loved the dialogue (via DM and correspondence) between the characters and how it brought them to life. It might sound like a small thing, with dialogue being an assumed given, but trust me, it can make all the difference between a believable and likeable character to an archetype or someone who doesn’t sound true to their character.

What I didn’t like about Illuminae was its repetitive storyline. I felt as if I were reading the same story twice within the book, with plot points being repeated and problems revisited in the same manner. Some of it did have merit, because it affects other parts of the story. I just think that could have been way shorter, especially when the book wasn’t lacking in pages. And then there was the ending, which started out okay, but then ended unresolved and without a point. I don’t know what Kady was trying to achieve in that last segment and I think that it could have been handled in a different way. At first, her stance started out as really strong, but then ended up as weak because it just didn’t make sense. Overall, I’d give this book a 3 star rating.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Illuminae for now. Have you read Illuminae? Did you like it? If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below. Have a nice day!

-Sumaya

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read Right Now!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted byΒ The Broke and the Bookish

Hey, everyone! It’s Top Ten Tuesday and this week is a fun one! Instead of having a topic chosen for us, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, meaning that we can write about whatever topic we want! The topic IΒ chose is actually based on the last two weeks of Top Ten Tuesday, where we talked about the books of 2016 that we were excited for. In it, I discovered that I was actually more excited for other titles that came out earlier and less for books of 2016, especially from the second half of the year. So, this week, I’m going to talk about the books I really really want to read at the moment, typically those I have immediate access to. πŸ˜‰ Well, here’s my list!

1. Half Bad by Sally Green

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I actually just started this after adding it to my TTT and I have to say, it’s amazing! πŸ˜€

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

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Just got this from the library, since everyone’s been raving about it!

3. Ruined by Amy Tinetera

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My cousin actually recommended this to me, saying it’s similar to Throne of Glass

4. Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

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Ever since I’d heard about it on Samantha‘s blog, I’ve been wanting to read it! πŸ˜‰

5. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Maston

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I’ve never read Morgan Matson but I’ve heard plenty of great things about her and this book seems pretty interesting…

6. City of MasksΒ by Mary Hoffman

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I really want to reread this book again! πŸ™‚

7. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

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Just received an ARC of it and the concept sounds intriguing!

8. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

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I’m into all things fandom at the moment, so this seems like a good book to read for that sort of thing…

9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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I’ve got this down as a buddy read! πŸ˜€

10. Accidental Superstar by Marianne Levy

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This has been on my shelf forever and I know I should really read it, but…I never seem to have it as priority.

Well, those are my Top Ten! What was your Top Ten this week? I hope everyone had fun with their topic! Any comments or questions, as well as TTT, are welcome in the Comments Section below. That’s all for now! Have a nice night! πŸ˜€

-Sumaya

 

 

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