25 April 2016

Review: Illuminae

Reviewer: Kelsey
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 599
Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Summary (Goodreads is illuminating): 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.

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.

My Thoughts: It took me a long time to read this novel. I'm not sure why. Kristen and Kayla kept ranting about how great it was. They are like...crazy though, so I try not to listen to anything they say ever. In this case, they were...I can't say right but I will say they weren't exactly wrong. This book was fantastic! Okay, actually this book was terrifying. It was the scariest thing I've ever read. I can't even tell you. I'm trying, I swear. Basically, this AI and the disease...it's all the scariest thing ever. It's the worst. By worst, I mean the best. 

I thought that the format of the book would make me hate it. The typography was pretty weird. Yet, it was also perfect. With any other book it wouldn't have worked but it worked. The images gave it a personality, which is ironic in this case because of the crazy computer. 

The only problem I really had with this novel was that you get so little description of setting and the characters. You really get thrown into the action and don't get the time or place described to you so you are left wondering what the hell is happening. I wish I would have gotten a little bit more information. I'm not sure how it would have been written into the story as it was but it might have helped a little bit. Luckily, after a little while it didn't matter. I caught up enough. Some more description might have also made me care about the characters earlier in the story.

I'm sorry this review is poopy. I tried, I swear. It's just good. That's all I can say. You have to give it a chance.

Basically, this novel is fantastic and beautiful and written in such a cool way that you should run to pick it up right this moment. Do it before the crazy computer makes you. 

This review took me forever to write and that makes me very sad because this novel really is fantastic and you should check it out but don't read it before bed because it's actually scary.

15 April 2016

Review: Champion by Marie Lu

Reviewer: Kayla
Author: Marie Lu
Pages: 369
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5/10

Summary (Goodreads. Da real MVP):

He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

My Thoughts:

"Hi," he says. "I'm Daniel."
"Hi," I reply. "I'm June."

Champion.... you mean CHUMPion AM I RIGHT?!?!?!

*waits for applause*

No okay..

Actually though, more like chumpion.

This book was mediocre. I'm going to admit, part of my disdain for this book may be because I listened to it on audiobook rather than reading it, and part of it may be because I completely lost interest when I got to the second book. Personally, I found this ending to the trilogy rather anticlimactic. Not much of anything happened except people speculating and the government trying to solve their issue and people getting sick, but other than that nothing really HAPPENED. Even the ending "action" scene was nothing more than a measly fight scene on the roof. It just seemed lack lustre of the end of a trilogy. With that said though, I feel like the book could have been worse. It kept my interest at most.

The characters were kind of mediocre as well. June was whiny as all else and it kind of pissed me off how she went between Anden and Day almost as much as America went through Maxon and Aspen (except not as dramatically), but every time she was in the room with either of them she would be attracted to both of them and her floppiness around that irked me. Day was more tolerable than he was in Prodigy. I distinctly remember being annoyed by his entire demeanour in previous book. Here he was a little better. The characters I wanted more of were Eden and Pascao, they were the best part of this book. I have no feelings toward Anden, tbh. He was just okay. Just there.

I don't really have much else to say about this book except that it fell kind of flat for my liking. It wasn't a gripping trilogy ender in any way, shape, or form, and it was also kind of predictable in some ways. Also, the epilogue. I thought it was a cop out to satisfy the readers, but I just feel it was unnecessary.

Final Thoughts: I'm kind of disappointed in the ending of the trilogy, but I'm gonna be honest it was not a terrible book in and of itself. It was just average for a trilogy ender, I felt.
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