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Ingenuity + Sarcasm + A Psychopathic Murderous AI = A Roller Coaster of a Trilogy | Book Review: The Illuminae Files by Amie KAufman and Jay Kristoff


This is the third series I picked for my 2019 Series Challenge – #2019FWSeriesPick – I would love for you all to join me; especially if you have unread series on your shelf like I do 😀

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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.

I HAVE NO WORDS to describe the absolute devastation that this book (and this trilogy) caused meit broke me; bought me back together and then damaged me and I LOVED EVERY FRIKKIN SECOND OF IT!

It has been ages since I read a really good engrossing science fiction; but you have no idea how glad I am I picked up this series to get back into the genre!

While I don’t think I will be able to talk about the plotfirst, because WOAH! And second; because this is a plot that you HAVE to read to understand – the book is written in multitude of interviews, IMs, inscription of stolen video files – and while you would think it would mean that the plot would be a little scattered and choppy; you would be ABSOLUTELY right and wrong – it takes a little time to get used to the plotting style; but once you start getting the hang of it; I PROMISE you will not be able to stop reading it!

Kady Grant and Ezra Mason are high school sweethearts; who break up on the exact day their illegal Kerenza Colony is attacked – which starts them on a journey that will include travelling in space, a homicidal AI and a romance that spans across spaceships!

“You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”

Kady and Ezra are remarkable – they are two different human beings; and somehow they work; while Kady is the intelligent nerd; Ezra is the typical jock – but even through their break up, their trust in each other is absolute – and it is exactly that trust that will get them through whatever is coming next.

And can I just say – you will meet a whole slew of characters in this book (and trilogy)DO NOT FALL FOR THEM. I repeat – DO NOT FALL FOR THEM. Because in the end, you will have no idea who will be left alive and who will be killed and trust me; your heart cannot handle the heartbreak this will cause you.

BUT.. you can fall in love with AIDAN – our very own homicidal manipulative and scheming AI – because he is true; and absolutely worth loving – I honestly wish I could give him a warm albeit a *virtual* hug. He is, by far my FAVOURITE IN THE SERIES!

“You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair. You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.

You deserve more than I could ever give you, Kady.

But I’ll give you everything I can if you still want me to.”


Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

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, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

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 the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Disclaimer: Read The first book; Illuminae – because even though this book follows another couple; the overall plot ends up combining with the first book.

So the one thing that sometimes irks about YA series is that they usually follow one single couple and sometimes relationship between the couple tends to get over simplistic as well as repetitive (One of the main reasons why I read series of standalones in romances!)

Gemini continues the breakout adventure that started in Illuminae; but follows a completely different couple – again, two very different individuals – where Hannah is the adored and pampered princess; the daughter of the Captain of Jump Station Heimdall; Nik on the other hand is a member of a notorious criminal family (and yes those kind of mob familes also exist in space stations; who knew?).

Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.

It is only when their Jump Station is invaded that these two, reluctantly join forces to fight the rebels on board; even if it means it’s only two of them against the whole freaking team of assassins.

Nik and Hannah are NOT a couple at the start of the book (will this be considered a spoiler?)but I definitely enjoyed their journey in the book – it is bumpy, there is no dearth of sass and there is always something about life and death situations that end up opening humans to possibilities they may have never considered before.

Gemini is a wild ride from start to end – and the best part? This book doesn’t really suffer from the dreaded”second book syndrome” – it stands and runs on its two little feet or rather to be very honest, slithers it’s way into our hearts quite independently. (And if you have read the book

Oh I could never forget our very own homicidal and manipulative AI – AIDAN – who has his own role to play; and it’s a role you might not cherish, but you just might understand.



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, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Good luck, everyone. 

Good luck to us all. 

And may we meet again on distant shores. 

Some place fine and far from here.

I didn’t want to start this book – mostly because I wasn’t ready for the trilogy to end – but end it did; and it took away a small piece of my soul with it!

Like the previous books; this final installment also focuses on a new couple – this time estranged high school sweethearts on the opposite sides of the war being faught – Asha Grant; Kady Grant’s cousin, purported to be dead in the initial attack on Kerenza and her ex boyfriend, Rhys Lindstorm, who is now working as a grunt for BeiTech.

Yeah, this is no happy reunion ya’ll!

Now, THIS IS EXACTLY how a trilogy is supposed to end – fast, furious, bloody and gory; not to mention; secrets and betrayals galore that you, as a reader do not know right from wrong and up from down.

Your heart will break, bruised beyond repair and even with the end, a part of you will never ever be right again, but you will never regret reading this trilogy because you will have found YOUR kind of people; even if one of them is a murderous, awkward and yet hopeful AI with your best interest in his codes!

“I know I love her.


I know I miss her.


I know very little else

Save Perhaps This:

That every story needs its monster 

and that everybody deserves a second chance.

And that I am 


⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(for the trilogy!)


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