Book Review

Book Review: Obsidio

By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My Edition:
Hardcover, 615 pages
2018, Knopf
ISBN: 9780553499193

The adventures of the Illuminae Files wrap up in the third book in the series. Familiar faces return as the surviving crews of jump station Heimdall and that other ship, whose name I forget, head back towards Kerenza, the illegal mining planet where everything began. There are survivors on the planet and there’s also a jump station, everyone’s only hope of getting back to the Core galaxy or whatever. Can the Illuminae Group defeat the remaining BeiTech troops and gather enough evidence to hold them responsible for the atrocities they committed? Does anyone care about the new couple that’s introduced? Can the evil AI Aidan be trusted? Can you tell I’m not really into the series anymore?

I’ll say it up front, because I’m sure my opinion will the minority for this popular, hyped series, but the conclusion was lackluster and I’m not impressed.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Gemina

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review

Book Review: Gemina

By Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

My Edition:
Hardcover, 659 pages
2016, Knopf
ISBN: 9780553499155

Gemina’s plot overlaps some of Illuminae, but now we’re introduced to the residents of the Jump Station Heimdall and the difficulties they face as the Hypatia makes its way towards them, still fleeing BiTech Industries. Hanna is the station captain’s daughter and her dealings with Nik have been primarily to score dust for her and her friends. But BiTech Industries isn’t finished with their recent attack on Kerenza and now they’ve arrived at Heimdall to finish the cleanup and Hanna and Nik must team up to try to save their home and everyone in it.

I won’t say much about the plot here, as this book is relatively newer and I’m likely not the last person on Earth to have read Gemina (or Gemima as I keep writing and saying aloud), as I was with Illuminae.

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