REVIEW: Illuminae (The illuminae files #1) by Amie Kaufman

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Genre: Science fiction, epistolary novel, YA

Publication: October 2015

Hardcover: 599 Pages

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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.

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Okay.

I hereby swear in writing that I shall not underestimate the captivating magic that is books, ever again. Particularly after devouring this one!

While the synopsis is on point, here’s an extra rundown of illuminae:

Planet kerenza is being invaded –death, chaos, and devastation follows in its wake. And to add a nice touch to an already exceptionally bad situation, an AI turned psychotic goes on a killing rampage that X-es out thousands of people.

Even worse, death toll increases still, as a mutating virus spreads, leaving behind it, people-killing machines. The struggle to stay alive is hard as, 17 year old Kady Grant, with the help of her ‘not-quite-over-you’ ex-boyfriend, and a programmer– Byron Zhang, take on a mission to uncover the truth which the people in charge have decided aren’t exactly worth mentioning.

Besides the sheer brilliance of having all the supertastic geeky stuff take place in space and an amazing plot that had me hooked from the beginning to the very last page. The whole reason why I think illuminae is the coolest sci-fic book in the history of sci-fic book is the fact that the entirety of the book is written in epistolary format, ranging from document like footage description, files, interviews… I Kid You Not!

Its so refreshing to read a book with such beautifully constructed characters that feel so alive and I might have gone all mushy at some point in this book, *cough cough* Team Ezra Mason!

Basically, if you are looking for a good science fiction book to read, with heaps of laugh-out-loud, action filled, and gut wrenching moments. look no further! illuminae is a totally delightful read.

Favorite Book Quotes:

“You have me. Until ever last star in the
galaxy dies.
You have me.”

“She is catalyst.
She is chaos.
I can see why he loves her.”

“His
mouth finds her like he’s drowning and
she’s air.”

“Numbers do not feel. Do not bleed or
weep or hope. They do not know bravery
or sacrifice. Love and allegiance. At the
very apex of callousness, you will find
only ones and zeros.”

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The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has being on my ‘To be read’ list for quite a while -mostly because of the favourable ratings it has being getting, particularly from young adults. So, it came as a surprise that I didn’t really like the book.

More often than not, I like to connect with the characters of the books I read. I suppose The perks of being a wallflower is enough proof that i can’t always succeed.

For one thing, the book focuses on Charlie’s one-sided letter to a guy we never really got to know. In the letters, he wrote overwhelming outburst of words as regards his life, and the people in it. To tell you the truth, the entirety of the book concentrated on Charlie’s liking for books, his ability to overthink pretty much everything and then there’s the fact that he had a deeply disconcerting habit of either being on the verge of tears or simply crying, and at every chance he got.

“And then I started crying because it suddenly hit me that they were leaving” -Charlie.

And i’m like:
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(It was like talking to a teenage boy, but one with the emotional development of a 7 year old. Honestly!)

That being said, the book wasn’t a complete and utter disaster. There were parts when Chbosky deeply potrayed how it felt like, coming-of-age, or standing on the verge of life, or just trying to deal with a whole lot of personal feelings.

So, even though i didn’t exactly like the tone Charlie’s letters were expressed, I would totally recommend this book! The story emphasizes the importance of being in the present and doing things and really being there. It made me look at life in a meaningfully different perspective. It made me think and that is extremely important in a book, if you ask me.

**Favourite quote**

“Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they are not, they will be soon enough.”

“I am both happy and sad at the same time, and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

“And all the books you’ve read have been read by other people. And all the songs you’ve loved have been heard by other people. And that girl that’s pretty to you is pretty to other people. and that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing ‘unity.”

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Daddy-Long-Legs (Book Review)

Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1)Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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“When Jerusha Abbott, an eighteen-year-old girl living in an
orphan asylum, was told that a mysterious millionaire had
agreed to pay for her education, it was like a dream come
true. For the first time in her life, she had someone she
could pretend was “family.”
But everything was not perfect, for he chose to remain
anonymous and asked that she only write him concerning
her progress in school.
Who was this mysterious gentleman and would Jerusha ever
meet him?”

(Synopsis from goodreads)

You guys, I am high on butterflies and waves of feelings, rolled into one giant mess and I’m holding Jean Webster soley accountable!
This book, ‘Daddy-long-legs,’ was a great read. I very much enjoyed the comical, yet excitingly descriptive words Jerusha/judy wrote letters to her kind, yet enigmatic benefactor. In a nutshell, this book was an absolutely light, fluffy and beautifully writen story.

I am undertaking the Goodread book challenge
and the decision to read not less than 5 classic books this year turned out to be one of the best resolution I made! I couldnt be more satisfied.
Growing up, it used to be that Alice in wonderland was my favourite classic book but, of course came the Harry Potter series. Hogwarts, Harry and magic, casually charmed their way into my heart. As did Jane Austen’s pride and Prejudice and Harper lee’s To kill a mocking bird.

(You know, come to think of it. I typically file all the good books i’ve read in a box labeled “favourite,” In my head. It happens like every-flipping-time!)

I really like that there are all these tons of books published everyday and yet we always spring back to the literary classics. Ageless and timeless, patiently waiting to be re-read. It makes me want to devote more time solely for reading and reading and reading all the books.

**Book description**

Main character: Female

Pov: Jerusha/Judy Abbott.

Tone: Light, humorous, thoughtful.

Categories: YA classic, coming of age, college, letter, orphan.

Time/era of story: 1900-1920’s

I am a sucker for book quotes and here are some swoon worthy lines from “Daddy-long-legs” :

“I think that the most necessary quality for any person to have is imagination. It makes people able to put themselves in other people’s places. It makes them kind
and sympathetic and understanding.”

“When you get accustomed to people or places or ways of living, and then
have them snatched away, it does leave an awfully empty, gnawing sort of sensation.”

“To bring a man into line, there are just two methods: one must either coax or be disagreeable. I scorn to coax men for what I wish. Therefore, I must be disagreeable.”

“It isn’t the great big pleasures that count the most; it’s making a great deal out of the little ones–I’ve discovered the true secret of happiness.”

“I believe absolutely in my own free will and my own power to accomplish– and that is the belief that moves mountains.”

“I think you’re the sweetest man that ever lived–and the foolishest!”

“It is funny how certain places get
connected with certain people, and you never go back without thinking of them.”

I saved the best for last!

“PS. This is the first love-letter I ever wrote. Isn’t it funny that I know how?”

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Book Review: White is for Witching by Oyeyemi, helen.

White is for WitchingWhite is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had a hard time starting this book. I had to push it aside a couple of times because I didn’t quite understand the POV. But, Through sheer will and more than anything else, “curiousity” i got hooked and suprisingly ended up enjoying this book!

Oyeyemi writes with a witty and unhurried style that is nothing short of magic mixed with foreboding. Plus, I particularly loved the tiny little ways she dipped into the “yoruba” tribe in Nigeria, it was brilliant!

“White is for Witching” evoked a lot of unclear feelings. It was in the way she depicted the main characters in an almost quiet horror and intensity and i felt like i had to use up all my energy just to try and understand what the book even meant.

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