“The universe owes you nothing, Kady. It has already given you everything, after all. It was here long before you, and it will go on long after you. The only way it will remember you is to do something worth remembrance.”


Two megacorporations are fighting over an ice-covered planet in the middle of nowhere, which, until now, was nothing but peaceful and forgotten. Unfortunately, people living in an illegal colony there got caught in the crossfire. The ones lucky enough to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet are still far from safety. The enemy warship is not giving up. It’s determined to get rid of every witness of the massacre. And that’s only the beginning of their problems.

I am shocked that a book told in such a unique format was still able to make me insanely invested in the story. It’s only a proof of the talent and expertise of the authors. I am in awe.

There is something deeply personal about reading other people’s messages. Maybe that’s why I fell in love with those characters so hard and so quickly. I mean, this book made my cry (like REALLY cry. No delicate weeping for me. Just full-blown, ugly cry) before I even read 200 pages. This has to mean something.

Also, I think that this book has the best villain I have ever, EVER encountered. I am not even 100% sure if it’s really a villain? It’s a topic for a really long conversation.

I have to admit at the very beginning I was a bit confused. I think it might be because I don’t really read a lot of sci-fi and I usually need a while before I am able to really get into the story. But when I did… wow. Just wow. Once this books grabs you, it’s not going to let go until the very end.

The story is not that fast-paced, but so many things are happening (and so many things are going wrong) that you just can’t stop reading. It’s addicting, it’s surprising, it’s heart-breaking. It’s everything I could have ever wanted from a book. And then it’s a little bit more.

Don’t be afraid of the format. It only enhances the experience.
I really can’t say anything more than “please, do yourself a favour and read this book”.



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  1. Oh, I’m so glad you liked Illuminae so much! I read it all the way through- unfortunately, I didn’t really like it. I think the formatting is very interesting, but it’s not for me. My friend wants to read it though, and she does like the way the book is set up!

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        1. I would really recommend that. The story gets significantly less confusing as the book progresses. And the second book is much, much easier to read than the 1st one – though I love both of them. I haven’t read Obsidio yet 🙈


  2. Great review! I started this book and like you, was confused. I also couldn’t stand the immature “love” between the characters, but maybe I should look past it. I want to give it another go and your post helped me feel better about it. 😋

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    1. Well that kind of love is the beauty of most YA novels. I didn’t really mind it though.
      Thank you for your kind words 😊
      I hope this time you will enjoy this book more 😊
      Happy reading ❤️

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  3. I absolutely agree! This has got to be one of my favourite sci-fi books (and series) which is hard to come by since I don’t really enjoy sci-fi. Just everything about it was captivating. I’m devastated that the series is finished.

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  4. I’ll say I still love Gemina the most but Obsidio has some very powerful and heartwarming scenes. The last couple isn’t as developed though but I think you’ll love the book just fine. AIDEN will make you feel many things! Must get to it soon!! HAHA

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  5. Omg if you read it by next year, you’ll finish in time for Jay and Amie’s next collaboration!! It’s called Aurora Rising and the plot already sounds AMAZING! Unfortunately they won’t be doing the same alt format for the books but I think it’ll still be awesome!

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