Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #2) 5/5 Stars

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR ILLUMINAE (THE ILLUMINAE FILES #1) (YOU’VE BEEN WARNED)

TITLE: Gemina

AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

PUBLISHING DETAILS: October 20th 2016 by Oneworld Publications

PAGES: 672 pages

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Synopsis (Goodreads):

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.

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.


Writing Style:

The writing style for this series is totally unique. The story is told through a series of hack database files consisting of emails IM’s video transcript and journal entries it definitely makes the whole experience unique.


Character Development:

In the second book we are introduced to a new set of main characters: Hanna and Nik. At first I was a bit reluctant about having new characters but they were highly developed and fun to read about. Once again like Illuminae we have a badass heroine Hanna who added so much action to the story.


Themes:

Sci-Fi: this time it’s set upon Jump station Heimdall which we know Kady and The Hypatia are heading towards, but if have the same sci-fi feel to it

Survival: Once again the maid characters have to battle it out to survive. There was a lot more intense action which got me holding my breath all the way


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book maybe even more than Illuminae. It was so much more intense and the plot twist(OMG). I am definably excited for the next book in the series which I know is a long away yet.


Top Quote:

“You might only get one shot. So shoot.”


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The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins 5/5 Stars

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TITLE: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay

AUTHOR: Suzanne Collins

PUBLISHING DETAILS: (UK) 2009-2011

PAGES: Approximately 400 each book

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Synopsis:

Set in the future of America now known as Panem, an annual reality style game show is held to punish the 12 poor districts for uprising against the ruling government of the Capitol. 1 girl and 1 boy between the ages of 12-18 are reaped into the games from each district to fight to the death. 24 tributes, 1 winner. Winning will make you famous. Losing means certain death.

When 16 year old Katniss Everdeen takes place and volunteers for her younger sister she sparks hope within the districts leading to grave consequences for her and her loved ones.


Writing Style:

The trilogy is written in first person narrative from Katniss’ perspective. Suzanne Collins’ writing style is extremely easy to follow and fast paced as it kept me turning pages. It reads really quickly immersing you full on into all the action.


Character Development:

Suzanne Collins’ doesn’t forget to develop realistic characters in the midst of all the plot. The trilogy if full of the character development of Katniss as she struggles to find her inner self amongst all the violence and threat of the capitol. We see her struggle emotionally but battle it out to become a powerful and strong female lead.


Themes:

Dystopian society is the main theme in the novel. We see a future America split into 12 poor districts each responsible for providing the rich Capitol with supplies e.g. district 12 specialises in coal mining.

Survival is a key, as with the games and the anger of the Capitol nobody is safe especially Katniss and her loved ones.


Overall thoughts:

I just love this trilogy. It holds a special place in my heart because it’s what really sparked my love of reading. I would recommend this to anyone really but especially if you’re looking to get into the YA age bracket of books. Thank you Suzanne Collins for writing this awesome trilogy, (I wish you would write more.)


Top Quote:

“May the odds be ever in your favour”


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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (NON SPOILER REVIEW) | TeenBookLit101

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (NON SPOILER REVIEW) | TeenBookLit101

illuminaeTITLE: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

PUBLISHING DETAILS: (UK) 22/10/2015 Rock the Boat

PAGES: 599

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Synopsis (Taken from Goodreads):

The year is 2575, and two rival mega corporations 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.


Writing Style:

I think Illuminae is really known for its unique writing style. The story is told through a series of hacked databases making it so much fun and unique. There is a lot of really cool art work in here which makes it so much enjoyable to read. Despite being 600 pages the writing style means you can fly through this book quickly.


Character Development:

I found myself instantly attached to Kady and Ezra praying for them to be ok. We get to see a lot more of Kady as it is her who hacks into the database but both characters are really realistic with their individual personalities. We see Kady as she becomes really brave when she is forced to risk everything due to the war. Even the Artificial Intelligence system AIDEN seemed so real and at times made me so emotional.


Themes:

The book is mainly a Sci-Fi book set hundreds of years into the future. This makes the book really technical which meant it can be a little hard to understand at first but once you get about 100 pages in it’s a real page turner. Survival is a huge theme. We see the extent the two protagonists go to save their loved ones in the midst of a huge interstellar war.


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. This was the first time I ventured into the sci-fi genre and at first, I have to admit, it was hard to understand all the technical stuff but once I was into it I was turning pages like mad. So excited for the sequel.


Top Quote:

“Am I not merciful?”

Amie Kaufman, Illuminae


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Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (Non Spoiler Review)|TeenBookLit101

NON SPOILER: Beautiful Broken Things By Sara Barnard 5/5 Stars

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TITLE: BEAUTIFUL BROKEN THINGS

AUTHOR: SARA BARNARD

PUBLISHING DETAILS: February 25th 2016 by Macmillan Children’s Books (UK)

PAGES: 322

STARS: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

NOTES: This is Sara Barnard’s Debut Novel. She is currently working on her second novel A Quiet Kind Of Thunder.


Synopsis:

Set in Brighton, England, Beautiful Broken Things is a story that follows the friendship between 3 High School girls; Caddy, Rosie and Suzanne. What will happen to Caddy and Rosie’s friendship when new girl Suzanne moves in? This book is intense and will defo trigger all the feels.


Writing Style:

I loved the writing style for this book. Is split into three sections. Before, When and After. The book follows the whole school year of Year 11. The writing was simple and easy to follow. There were also parts in text message and email format which I always love in a book making it so much fun and enjoyable.


Character Development:

Throughout the novel we really see Caddy develop as a character she has just turned 16 and wants to be more noticed and popular like other girls. We see her discover the real important things in life throughout the novel and also as she comes out of her comfort zone to take risks.

Suzanne also develops in the novel as she learns to accept help and take control over her life.


Themes:

The main theme would obviously be friendship. We see such strong bonds between the three girls. This book doesn’t have any romance which is nice for a change as it focuses on important aspects of teen life.

Mental health is also a major theme in the novel and Sara Barnard really addresses both themes amazingly


Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved this novel. It was so simple and fun yet emotional at the same time. It is definitely different to other novels about coming of age out there. I feel Sara Barnard has definitely captured teenage life perfectly.


Top Quote:

“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”
Sara Barnard, Beautiful Broken Things


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