Series: The Illuminae Files, #3
Also in this series: Illuminae
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 13th 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Blog Tour, The Publisher
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing shown---some talk of sex and it's implied in a few places, Some violence)
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion?
Meanwhile, Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha's past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.
Official Captain of Reviews Nicole M. Hewitt
Date: 03/09/2018 (four days pre-release)
Timestamp: 06:30 CT
All contents herein are top-secret, CLASSIFIED. Read this review at your own risk. Please disregard any sections with a
strikethrough. Any inappropriate language will be blacked out. (In real life, I don’t generally swear, but let’s pretend. In my head, as I’m writing this, I’m probably just saying wimpy words like frickin’, but you can imagine they’re whatever you want.)
I swear to you that this series has just gotten better and better, and this finale is ing FANTABULOUS!! If you’ve been a fan of the series up till this point, you will not be disappointed. If you’ve been holding off on starting it
because you wanted to see how the series would hold up, it’s definitely time to jump in and start reading.
The unique formatting of these books just ing fascinates me. I especially love the pages with the text written in crazy designs that keep you guessing. Plus. Marie Liu’s illustrations are fantastic. And this book has the added Easter egg element of searching for familiar names because of the pre-order campaign.
Sadly, I didn’t find my own name anywhere, but it was fun to recognize some others! Keep an eye out for some familiar author names, for instance. It’s just a fun little added bonus.
Yeah, yeah, Nicole. Get to the meat of the review. What about the story? Well, I’ll confess that it took me a little while at first to remember who was who and what had already happened in the series. But once I got past that little hump, I was ing enthralled. If you read my review of Illuminae, you’ll remember that I felt a little detached from the narrators because of the formatting. I found that issue was mostly solved (at least for me) in Gemina. In this book, it was NO problem at all.
Trust me, I was emotionally invested.
Hopefully there is no video evidence of me sitting in bed, sobbing over this book. I’m sure it wasn’t pretty. I cried more than once. The book makes you laugh and cry, but even better, it makes you think. There are SO many repercussions each time a hard decision is made. Oh, AIDEN, you are the most wonderful, glorious, horrible philosophical monster in the world.
I loved that this finale brought back all of our favorite characters from the first two books, and also introduced us to some newbies. In short, the book was something close to perfection. Go. Read it.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the publisher via Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given
(unless you count the joy I got from reading it) and all opinions are my own.***
Meet Amie & Jay on Tour!
About the Authors
Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.
She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.
Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.
Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.
He does not believe in happy endings.
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