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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Audiobook {4.5 Stars}

Gemina by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Narrated by Carla Corvo, full cast, P.J. Ochlan, Steve West
(The Illuminae Files #2)
Published by Random House, Random House Audio on Oct. 18th, 2016
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 608 pages
Audio Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They've totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

4.5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Gemina from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

This is another bares-bones, just-my-notes book chat since I read Gemina back in November and can’t remember much beyond the notes I wrote then!

Also, it’s my birthday :D! I’m 27, whaaaaaaaat???

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Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Audiobook {4 Stars}

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the final companion book of the Starbound trilogy and finally answers a lot of questions that we’ve all been pondering! I’ve been hooked on this trilogy right from the start with the crazy of Their Broken Stars, so I was excited to try the audiobook of Their Fractured Light to squeeze it in. I’m very glad I did since the audiobook has some really fun sound effects that add atmosphere to the story, definitely a recommended format. There will be vague spoilers for the overall trilogy plot revealed in the first two books below, but otherwise pretty safe.

Note: I received an audiobook copy of Their Fractured Light from the publisher. Listening to a book changes my reading experience.

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Audiobook {4 Stars}

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Narrated by Abby Craden, Cynthia Holloway, Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews
(Starbound #3)
Published by Disney Hyperion on Dec. 1st, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 432 pages
Audio Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

4 Stars

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ARC {3 Stars}

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the first in a new YA sci-fi trilogy that takes a highly unconventional approach to storytelling. Illuminae is a dossier on troubling events and therefore is filled with interviews, artistic renditions of ships and battles, and some interesting files taken from the main computer. While the storytelling approach was certainly original, it made it difficult for me to connect with the characters, and I found that the plot was actually a pretty typical sci-fi premise that I’ve read many times before.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Illuminae from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ARC {3 Stars}

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #1)
Published by Knopf on Oct. 20th, 2015
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 608 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.

3 Stars

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This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner eARC {4 Stars}

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is the companion novel to These Broken Stars and is in some central ways similar to the previous book, but in many ways the tone differs. After the completely shocking ending of These Broken Stars, This Shattered World really could never promise the same degree of plot twist. It was therefore lovely to read a story that stands on its own while still expanding what we know about certain whispery creatures and the galaxy-wide coverup going on. I seriously can’t tell you how excited I am for book three now >.>. Don’t miss the giveaway and special pre-order offer (to get a signed copy!) at the bottom of the post!

Note: I received an advanced copy of This Shattered World from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner eARC {4 Stars}

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner (Starbound #2)
Published by Disney Hyperion on Dec. 23rd, 2014
Genres: Romance, Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 390 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

4 Stars

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This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner {3.5 Stars}

This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner is a connecting between between These Broken Stars (which I loved!) and This Shattered World (which I hope to love soon!). It is free on Amazon, so I figured I’d give it a shot even though I normally don’t read novellas ;-). It is quite short and a fun adventure with a bit of Lilac and Tarver to swoon at, but I ended up not feeling particularly attached to the idea of everyone reading it, though I guess I’ll see if my opinion changes after reading This Shattered World.

This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner {3.5 Stars}

This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner (Starbound #1.5)
Published by Disney Hyperion on Oct. 7th, 2014
Genres: Novella, Romance, Sci-fi
Page Length: 109 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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Tarver still has nightmares about the night, six months before the Icarus crash, when he rescued a group of civilian researchers being held hostage by brutal mercenaries. Now Tarver and Lilac must reconcile his memories of that fateful night with the truth that they uncovered on a mysterious planet after the Icarus crashed.

3.5 Stars

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner eARC {4.5 Stars}

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner was a group read with a couple of friends and I am so happy it was! I was a little worried about the “pretty dress” cover syndrome, but it’s fine if it’s a real dress that is salient to the book :D. I was reading These Broken Stars during the time that I was preparing for my qualifying oral exam (ie big scary time where three professors interrogate you!), so it took me a grand four days to finish instead of the one or two I’m sure it would have if my brain wasn’t fizzling out ;-). These Broken Stars has so many wonderful sci-fi elements along with a cute YA romance, doesn’t get better! :D

Note: I received and ARC of These Broken Stars through Netgalley for an honest review. Some things may be different in the final version.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner eARC {4.5 Stars}

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner (Starbound #1)
Published by Hyperion Books on December 10th, 2013
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Page Length: 384 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

4.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • I have long been waiting for a sci-fi story to go where These Broken Stars goes. I seriously was so excited when I realized that it really was going to go there :D. Of course I can’t give any spoilers, so you’ll have to find out what I mean for yourself ;-).
  • The romance of These Broken Stars is both sweet and saucy ;-). There is a nice slow build, even though you know it’s coming, and given the setting it’s completely realistic. Getting both POV makes it all the more entertaining since you kind of just want to bonk the lovebirds’ heads together.
  • There are a couple creepy moments that gave me goosebumps, but not so much that I was really scared. I just had to keep reading to find out what was going on!
  • So many feels D: Have your tissue box ready! But there are happy feels too :D
  • I always enjoy a good philosophical puzzle, and These Broken Stars raises a couple, so enjoy!

Weaknesses:

  •  In retrospect, These Broken Stars had a fairly convenient ending, which made me pout a bit, but I’m excited to read the next Starbound book anyway!

Summary:

Love love love These Broken Stars! I’m super excited to see YA and classic sci-fi mixing and mashing. Space ships and mysterious planets and mysterious moons oh my! Basically if you are even a bit interested in a mysterious planet investigation, you have to pick up These Broken Stars. You will not regret it!

4.5 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

– Anya

 

 These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner