The Illumiae Files #3
Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?
Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: March 13th 2018
Death, Violence, Murder, Blood, War Themes, Mentions of Genocide, Grief
“Live a life worth dying for.”
BRIEFING NOTE: I’m a bit salty in this review. And I know said review will be an uncoordinated mess, I won’t lie. Because as much as I tried to stop it, I went into this book knowing I’d be disappointed. I knew what was going to happen, what wasn’t going to happen and I’m going to go into this deeper down below. WITH SPOILERS. BECAUSE I’M BIG MAD.
Keeping it super simple
because I do not have the time: we’re basically getting ready to fight against the big bad that is BeiTech, except now we’re introducing Asha, Kady’s cousin who’s down on Kerenza trying to survive and help with the rebellion the best way she can.
Let’s start with the things I liked to get it over with
in the form of bullet points:
- Audiobook is always great content, what’s new
- AIDEN’s morality is delved into deeper and in a different way? Am I making sense? He knows he’s a monster, but he’s with the team, on the side of good, so is he really that big of a monster?
- Look, AIDEN in general carries this series don’t @ me
- The theme of people vs. people, it’s simplistic and it works
- And that the adult’s wouldn’t automatically start listening to the kids because… THEY’RE KIDS WHAT DO THEY KNOW … it’s realistic
- Acknowledging Hanna’s grief, as well as how quick her and Nik’s relationship progressed
- Look, HANNA & NIK 4EVER
- Yes, they were basically the only characters I 100% cared for
and AIDEN of course
- Not saying I didn’t care about anyone else… but they’re top tier okay?
- Ashas’ not a super techy person or military trained… she’s just a regular civilian stuck in a war… doing her best… I appreciate it
- The last 20% is infinitely better
except for THAT SCENE cause WTF
- Finding out who the surveillance guy in… (I won’t spoil it… spoilers are for later *evil laughter*
“The die is cast. But today we will shake the table upon which it lands.”
Things that pissed me off
No matter how amazing this audiobook is, it doesn’t make up for how expected a lot of this book was. I mean…. each book just gets more and more predictable. You can’t do another fake out death three times in a row and not expect me to catch the pattern.
SPOILER ALERT- NO ONE IMPORTANT DIES.
Are you surprised?? Truly??? Honestly??? I, personally, am shocked.
And I think I’m so pissed about this because these authors are known for being pretty brutal with their characters… But you can be damned sure that no one important will have a hair hurt on their heads.
I want real stakes and plot twist and heart stopping moments.. even in the end when everything is against them… they magically get the upper hand. Look, when I’m not getting anything exciting because it’s anticipated, what’s keeping my interest? I’ve already read this book twice…. give me something new.
I’m kind of bored
So, I’m listening to the audiobook and a lot of it is being narrated by Mr. Surveillence guy… get’s kind of boring, won’t lie. Is this nit-pickey? No, my feelings are valid, leave me alone.
What made the last two books interesting and special was the formatting. It was the first time I’d seen a book written like these… so going back to regular prose for the majority of the story… bored.
“Every story needs its hero. And its villain. And its monster.”
So, another SPOILER ALERT, but AIDEN dies….
JK, IT’S A PRANK BRO.
And his ending was…. they did him dirty. I’m not going to spoil what they did to him exactly
because my logic is screwed but it makes… NO SENSE. AT ALL. Was it punishment? Redemption? WHO KNOWS, BUT THAT PISSED ME OFF THE MOST. YOU DID MY MANS DIRTY AND I WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU.
Other random stuff that I can’t be bother to elaborate on:
- Rhys’ narrator… sounded weird?
- Kady putting AIDEN into yet another ship because his last murder spree just wasn’t enough right?
- #sorrynotsorry but I didn’t really care about Asha or Rhys? Or their romance? We spent two books with the other characters… I like them in theory… but could not care less. And they didn’t have any chemistry… it just felt pointless.
“May we meet again on distant shores.”
The best way to describe this book is the authors had to end the series… but didn’t know how to live up to the first two’s hype.
Yet, despite my griping, I am sticking with three stars. Is it my love for the first two clouding my judgement?? Maybe a tiny bit. But I didn’t dislike all of it. Some of it was really good. And the audiobook is still winning some cookies from me, too…. I just don’t know where to go from here.