MINI SPACE REVIEWS: Illuminae and Gemina aka GLORIOUSNESS

These books will blow up in your face. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. (No, but seriously there are actually things blowing up in both of these. ACTUAL EXPLOSIONS.)

ALRIGHT. SO, since I have been living on the wild side of procrastination and actually read these books an age and a half ago, it’s time for MINI REVIEWS. I’m breaking my unspoken rule of saving mini reviews for meh books, because THESE WERE SPECTACULAR. Like. I went in thinking “Okay fine I’ll read them purely out of peer pressure” and then I came out thinking OMG OKAY IT’S THREE IN THE MORNING BUT DAAAAAAANG.

Illuminae

  • PRINCESS BRIDE REFERENCES. Okay I know there was at least one because I read it and had a mini freakout and had to write how awesome it was on a note on my phone. IF YOU MAKE A PRINCESS BRIDE REVERENCE YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY MY FAVE.
  • AIDAN. He (she???) is an AI (Artificial Intelligence) and has a smol malfunction that makes it literally the best and the worst all wrapped up into one little (very large??) bundle. BLESS IT. Obviously it is my favorite.
  • I now understand the hype because PIECES OF MY BLACK HEART DIED IN THIS BOOK.
  • Explosions. EXPLOSIONS AND STRESS.
  • Betrayals and lies that STABBED MY SOUL aka were AWESOME
  • Ezra (Kady’s not-boyfriend) is SO FREAKING SMOOTH. Also Kady (main character) has pink hair. WOT.

  • It did take me a little while (approximately 200 pages) to REALLY get used to the way this beauty is written! But in the end I did end up really liking it!
  • ALSO. I was a smidge bored at the beginning. UNTIL ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.

Gemina

  • Sassy drug dealer who is secretly squishy.
  • Also main character who likes to draw hilarious comics in her diary. LOVE. I LAUGHED SO MUCH IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS BOOK. SO much.
  • Creepy space worm things that will make you hallucinate when you touch them?? I’M IN. Except don’t let me touch them.
  • Evil plotting that is thwarted by a bunch of teenagers in space. REALISTIC? Probably not. PROBABLE? DEFINITELY.
  • Like I said it’s been a while and I may or may not be sitting at work writing this *side eyes* so MY MEMORY IS WEAK but do know that this book is hilarious and awesome and YOU NEEEEED.
  • Also there are sciency things that are VERY COOL AND ALSO RIP YOUR HEART OUT WHICH I WON’T EXPLAIN BECAUSE THIS PLOT TWIST WAS EPIC.
  • Basically I already know the third one is going to be MIND BLOWINGLY EPIC? SIGN ME UP FOR THAT LIST BARTHOLEMEW.

Have you read these? ARE YOU DEBATING WHETHER YOU SHOULD READ THESE BECAUSE THEY ARE SCI FI AND YOU ARE A FANTASY/CONTEMPORARY/DYSTOPIAN ONLY NERD?? Tell meeeeeee. Also if you read them WERE YOUR BRAINS BLOWN OUT AS MUCH AS MINE WERE??? I AM THE QUEEN OF CAPS TODAY.

 

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7 thoughts on “MINI SPACE REVIEWS: Illuminae and Gemina aka GLORIOUSNESS

  1. Okay first of all, your review was so entertaining Esther (even though it was a mini but I think mini’s are great!)! Reading this is only further emphasising how much I NEED to read Gemina! Where is my infinite pile of money so I can buy ALL THE BOOKS that I need in my life?!?!

  2. AFJDAKLFSD I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO FREAKING MUCH I CAN’T EVEN. AIDAN IS ACTUALLY MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER OF LIFE. <3 And I looooove the sass and the epic and the science and how pretty the books are. The ending of Gemina kind of made me explode a little tho. Like that cliffhanger was uncalled for. Whatever did we do to deserve this torture.❤️💔
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  3. Ahh great reviews Esther! I am currently reading Gemina and there is honestly so much going on, and there is no chill whatsoever. I love Nik so much *squishes him into a hug* AND AIDAN IS LITERAL BAE. I frikking loved Illuminae, but I think I disliked the sci-fi lingo. I really should reread it now ^-^
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    1. You are right NO CHILL LLANDUDNO it just gets straight to the juicy parts! Nik! He seriously holds my heart even though I’d probably hate him in real life 😂😂 AIDAN has no equal!! So amazing 😭 and the SciFi jargon is just unavoidable in a SciFi book but I can deal!!

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