Are you aware of the wonderfulness of borrowing eBooks from the library? I recall that when the option first became available I thought it would be awesome… them promptly forgot about it. Until one of my lovely bookstagram friends reminded me that it was an option! (Thank you Crystal!) The very next day I stopped on my way home from work and signed up for my library card! Once I got home I scoured through the 600+ eBooks available for borrowing and added more than a few to my “wish list”. There were two books I knew I anted to read right away and they are really the reason we are here today!
Illuminae and it’s wonderful sequel Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are unlike any book I have ever read. They way they are written is so unique and I absolutely loved it. So lets go through each book and give them their due!
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 mega corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a web of data to find the truth, it’s clear the only person who can help her is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
I had heard that Illuminae was good and that many, many book dragons had read it and loved it but I didn’t know what to expect. It was amazing. The entire book is a combination of IM conversations and transcribed dossiers, with some surprise pages mixed in (I would tell you but it would ruin the surprise of seeing them).
The story follows Kady Grant and her ex-boyfriend Ezra Mason from the invasion of their planet, Kerenza, to the high stakes flight through deep space as they fight to escape BeiTech’s dreadnought Lincoln and save thousands of lives. During this Ezra is conscripted as a fighter pilot (due to major personnel losses) in the United Terran Authority (UTA) on the battle carrier, Alexander. Whereas Kady, aboard the science vessel Hypatia, avoids conscription and utilizes her computer skills to hack into the ships systems. As Kady digs further and further through the mainframes of the vessels, she uncovers horrifying information about Kerenza and the other ship in the fleet, mining vessel Copernicus. As the Lincoln draws closer it’s up to Kady and Ezra to piece together the Truth and tell the UTA and the Core Worlds. Illuminae keeps you on your toes and your fingers eagerly flipping the pages!
Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station.
When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on Heimdall—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.
Gemina directly follows the events of Illuminae. Hanna Donnelly and Nik Malikov are our main narrators and they live aboard Heimdall, a space station that controls a wormhole that is used to travel between galaxies. They are thrown together fighting against a BeiTech strike team who has infiltrated the space station in order to keep the truth of Kerenza from getting out, by any means necessary. Like Illuminae, Gemina is written in the IM/dossier format and the transcribers add in their own personal thoughts and personality which adds more depth to the reading experience. It’s almost like reading secret FBI files(which is clearly the intent of the authors). Like Kady and Ezra, Hanna and Nik make for great protagonists with genuine reactions and banter and well done characters. Gemina has just as many twists and turns as Illuminae, but they aren’t the same. You think you know what is going to come but you’d be wrong.
There is SO much more I want to get into with these books but I can’t as I don’t want to post spoilers for anyone. All I can say is GO READ THESE BOOKS! You won’t regret it and you will be thankful that there is a book three coming out. I know I am.
Have you read Illuminae and Gemina? Tell me your thoughts in the comments (be sure to note any *SPOILERS* well in advance.
P.S. I plan on purchasing these books, that’s how much I loved them.