Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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5stars

“It only takes one pebble to start an avalanche.”

Title: Obsidio
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #3
Number of pages: 615 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Amazing ending with amazing characters.
Bad things about this book: That it’s the end? Yes, that’s the only thing that’s making me sad.
Do I recommend it? Yes, 500% yes.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

So I cried. I cried during those pages (if you’ve read the book, you know what pages I’m talking about!!), I was a mess. Then I rejoiced for other reasons. And finally I’m leaving these characters for good and I don’t know exactly how I feel. Am I happy? Of course. Sad? Certainly. Empty? A little bit. Did I love it? I MOST CERTAINLY DID ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? This was the perfect ending to a perfect series I thought I was going to have a hard time getting into because of its peculiar format.

This book follows the characters we’ve come to know and love in the previous books and a couple new characters essential to the case they are all building against those BeiTech goons. Kady and Ezra, Hanna and Nik, Asha and Rhys; all of them, along with people they trust and some maybe they shouldn’t have trusted, will join forces to put together the Illuminae Files and stop BeiTech from committing crimes against humanity. They are a nasty bunch!

Our footage opens on a tableau I like to call Portrait of a Bad Idea.

So many things happen and my beloved AIDAN is part of some of them. It is magnificent because it doesn’t have filters; it analyzes situations and opts for the best solution. Maybe not the human solution, but a solution nonetheless. It is the only one who can make hard choices and I’m glad it’s still there to help them make them. I was enchanted by how ADAIN acted with Kady. It amused me so much, AIDAN caring about someone so deeply it made decisions not entirely based on statistics, but maybe on a feeling so much similar to love.

I am clarity.
I am necessity.
I am inevitability.
But am I evil?

Of all the characters and the characters growth and development, I have to say that the thing I loved most about Obsidio was the bromance between Nik and Ezra. They were born to be besties and I want to imagine them having boys nights out (and maybe once in a while they will also invite Rhys). I feel like among the three boys, Nik is the one that got to my heart the most. He felt genuine and raw, a look that said he had nothing to lose but a heart that would do anything to save the ones he cared about. So much heart inside such a sassy boy: my feelings for him were sincere. Nik was such a surprise, from beginning to end.

“You know what they call me behind my back?”
Malikov shrugs.
“Lieutenant Babyface,” Mason growls.
Malikov laughs, smoke spilling from his nostrils. “You do have a certain cherubic quality about you, Flyboy. Just saying.”

It’s been a few days since I finished Obsidio and I still don’t know how to put into words how I feel and how this book made me feel. All I know is that once I started it I couldn’t put it down and once I finished it I had a big smile on my face and couldn’t stop giggling. I was satisfied with how things ended and nothing made me feel like I wasted my time reading it. This is a perfect young adult sci-fi series; yeah, even with teenagers being able to save planets and humanity while also finding a special someone to share romantic moments with. Not very plausible but a lot enjoyable and I wouldn’t have liked it in any other way.

Let’s wrap this up with the quote that, once I read it, broke my heart and made me feel feelings, so many feelings, feelings in the shape of big fat tears rolling down my face and stuff, those kind of feelings:

“Of all the things I have seen and the places I have been, you were the one who felt most like home.”

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (With journal illustrations by Marie Lu) ☆

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5starsplus

As with previous Illuminae transcripts, please forgive the colorful language. Our vidtech is no Shakespeare.

Title: Gemina
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (With journal illustrations by Marie Lu)
Good things about this book: Great characters, great story.
Bad things about this book: We will have to wait for the sequel to know more about everything and everyone.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s amazing.
Rate: 5+++/5 (☆: It made my “favourite books” list)

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Chuff Chuff, all aboard, hurry up, the train is leaving soon. First stop: the place where your feelings get fed then crushed then cuddled up. Second stop: the land of plot twists in which nobody is safe. Third stop: the island of charming and badass youth. Fourth and last stop: villain town with its cruel inhabitants!

What the hell was this book? What the actual rollercoaster of emotions was this thing? 659 pages of anguish, trepidation, cold sweat and palpitations. I don’t know how I survived all of that. I read it slowly having little time and maybe that was for the best because I could savor it little by little until those last pages that gave me so many attacks I wonder how I’m not giggling while crying in a corner.

I did giggle, I also did almost cry; trust me, everything that could happen inside of me, feelings wise, happened. I’m still recovering, trying to make sense of a lot of things that happened, remembering passages, trying to figure out how I didn’t see some of the things coming. How the hell was I supposed to be ready for everything to happen at once? There were some paralleled chapters that still have me confused, I won’t deny that. It’s a pity I can’t comment on anything because this adventure has to be experience first hand, no previews, no warnings. Ok, I did warn you about the emotions but come on, you’ve read Illuminae, so you’ve got to start this book expecting the feelings waves.

Apparently she’s got revenge on her mind, and it’s really annoying when people try to talk at you while you’re feeling murderish.

Gemina starts just after the ending of Illuminae but on board of a totally different ship, a jump station with a giant wormhole in the middle, and a new set of characters. This station is the destination of Kady and company after the disastrous events of Illuminae. Kady’s father is on the Heimdall station ignoring all that have happened to his family on the other side of the universe. The jump station is invaded by the same people who did all those horrible things to Kerenza in Illuminae. Those pieces of poop! Poopy people! It will be our heroes’ job to get them out of there without getting killed in the process. Won’t be an easy task and it will have your heart beating like crazy.

I guess she figures she can sleep when she’s dead.

Hanna Donnelly, our marvelous heroine is a kickass girl with a great sense of fashion and a super cute boyfriend. She can kick your butt, my butt and the butts of half of Rome in an afternoon if you give her the time. She had my heart from the first pages; fierce, brave, apparently very tall, model like (but of course, ladies and gentlemen, of course), she knows all the martial arts and she is very good at all of them. She brings courage to the whole operation. Go Hanna!

He simply stops in place and shoots her a smile, showing off those dimples the ladies love. He smiles at her like he’s not tired at all, like he’s not wearing another man’s blood under his suit, like all he wanted in life was to catch a glimpse of her.

Nik Malikov, son of crime leaders, drug dealer extraordinaire and charm master, he has a crush on our Hanna and he finds himself trapped in all that’s happening on the station. Nik is one charming boy, all tattoos and dimples, flirtatious messages and dream smiles. Yeah, world, I indeed have crushed on the boy, couldn’t help myself, it happened. He brings humor to the whole operation. Go Nik!

Dark hair and darker eyes. Dimples. The kind of abs you get from around five hundred sit-ups a day. There’s not much else to do in prison, after all.

Ella Malikov, Nik’s cousin and head of the gang. She is the Mr. Robot of the Heimdall station, the pirate of all pirates. She hacks like she was born doing it, like she hacked her way out of her mom’s womb. She’s that good. There’s more to her than that, though. She is also hilarious and she embarrasses her cousin bringing comedy gold moments to the chat conversations. She brings gray matter to the whole operation. Go Ella!

We had to sacrifice several kittens to ancient bloodgods in order to crack the encryption on this thing.

The story wouldn’t be complete without our not forgotten heroes from Illuminae and their appearance is like a breathe of fresh air. I don’t think it’s a spoiler they play a part on this book since the stories are interconnected so no spoilers alerts! AIDAN!! Do you remember AIDAN? Do you? My little murderous AI, all hurt and malfunctioning, makes a great entrance in Gemina and I wanted to throw him a welcome back party. He is always a ray of sunshine (darkness?), bringer of the best comebacks in conversations. He just can’t help but being logical, of course, since he was built that way, but his development and his inner monologues are so deep and full of reflections on how random we humans are that they always amaze me. Go Hypatia! Go Kady! Go AIDAN!

AIDAN: So good luck, Hanna Donnelly.
AIDAN: The universe itself depends on you.
AIDAN: …no pressure.

Explaining how great a book is without really saying much about the book is hard and I don’t know if I conveyed all I wanted you to know about its greatness in just a few apparently random sentences. Reading the paragraphs above I see everything that happened in the book because I have read it and everything reminds me of something important, something fun or just something ordinary about the story. I don’t think this review has the power to convince you to read Gemina because if you are here you have already read Illuminae and the book alone is enough to convince anybody to at least give it a try. Unless you hated it, in which case I don’t judge you, and I proceed to activate the countdown in my head for the third book in The Illuminae Files series! But the real question is: will it be green? Yellow? I say gold!

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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“Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.”

Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Why you should read this book: If you are looking for a book that’s not exactly a book but much more than that then you should read this asap.

Kady broke up with her boyfriend Ezra on a quiet morning and she thought the day couldn’t get worse. Well, she was wrong. Her planet, Kerenza IV was invaded by an enemy corporation and she finds herself running for her life with the fresh-ex-boyfriend by her side. They end up in 2 different ships and Kady knows that she has to use Ezra’s help to discover what the people in charge are hiding from the civilians. A mutating plague is on the loose and it’s turning the affected into murderous machines and the AI on board of the ship Alexander, instead of protecting them, it seems that it’s trying to kill them. What is exactly going on and why are the people in charge pretending everything it fine?

“Ezra: And then I said it.
Interviewer; What did he say?
Kady Grant: He said, ‘You picked a hell of a day to dump me, Kades.”

One hell of a book, I’m telling you. From its weird swirling pages right to its random chat conversations. I am finding really hard to write anything about this book. Was is really a book? I thought it was more like an experience, it left me with so many emotions but I want more of it. I have never read anything like this, so wonderfully complex.

The characters are funny, brave…human, even if one is not human at all. AIDAN, the artificial intelligence aboard the Alexander, was the character that surprised me the most, I wasn’t expecting what he did and said maybe because he didn’t think like a human, his logic differed from ours. I must admit I was a little attracted to him/it/whaaat?. Something about his character development makes you see outside the box, for a moment you forget what he’s done and see what he is becoming and maybe you feel like you want to give him a second chance.

“I WOULD RATHER BE NUMB THAN STAND HERE IN THE LIGHT OF A SUN THAT CAN NEVER CHASE THE CHILL AWAY.”

Kady and Ezra, cuties, chose to break up on a very unfortunate day. Their conversations are funny, smart, really lovely. Ezra is such a cutie pie, I just can’t picture his face but I picture him hot, of course. At first we are not told why she broke up with him, you see there is still love, a lot of love, but something made her take that decision. He suffers, she suffers, I suffer. I have only one heart but it can’t keep on breaking, it’s not healthy. I sometimes wonder if these fictional characters will be the end of me!

Kady, nobody braver than her, small, monkey-like, ninja, super smart. I like her a lot! She keeps a lot of pain inside of her because, and I’m on her side on this, she doesn’t feel comfortable sharing personal information with people she doesn’t know. She feels lonely, scared but determined, sassy but a little fragile. The real Kady can be seen through her personal journal, you can see that she is indeed 17 years old and that’s how a 17 year old girl feels when faced with that much pain.

“She runs. Not away, but toward.”

Yeah, that’s Kady!

I liked the side characters as well, they had very different personalities, a life of their own, wife and kids on some random planet, safe and sound. They risk their lives everyday, they used to know what they were fighting but the new enemies/obstacles are bringing them to make very wrong decisions. A lot of mistakes are made, unfortunately.

I now realize that I will think about this book (mind blowing experience) for a very long time. I can’t wait for the next one.

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it, turn the book upside down, zoom in, zoom out, laugh, think, cry.
Rate: 5/5
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