The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Science Fiction, published in 2015 – 2018

Synopsis: After an illegal mining planet gets attacked by a rival company, the survivors must try to run from the ships chasing them through space so they can tell the universe about the injustices of the attack.

Non-Spoiler Review:

I have to admit, I read Illuminae and Gemina last fall, but I just finished Obsidio last week, so that one will definitely take up the bulk of my thoughts. I was initially disappointed in Illuminae, and it is still my least favorite book in the series, but I had heard such good things about the series as whole that I had to continue it.

I think the format of these books is really interesting! The entire book is made up of chat logs, announcements, photos, video descriptions, and more. It make so much sense because there is so much technology in the books. I definitely preferred some of the files over others, with the video transcriptions usually being my least favorite.

Sci-fi is not my normal genre of choice, so I definitely found some of the lingo to be hard to understand. I know a lot of people have said this series is good for sci-fi beginners, but I was still confused! Spaceships confuse me!

My two favorite things about these books are the amount of action and the characters’ relationships. The action in these books can get really wild and there are lots of twists and turns. It definitely kept me gripped throughout. I don’t necessarily love the romantic relationships in these books, but I do love how everyone kind of becomes one big family. Everyone in these books has lost someone, but they still have each other. It got me really emotional at some points.

My least favorite things were the romance and sci-fi lingo. The romance wasn’t necessarily bad, but I didn’t particularly love the circumstances that led to the relationships.

Overall, I think this is a pretty fun series! The unique format keeps it really interesting, and I think even non-sci-fi fans will enjoy it.

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