Friday Fave: A book I liked more than I thought I would

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Friday Fave is a weekly discussion about different bookish topics. You can choose just one favourite or a few – the choice is up to you!

This week’s topic is: A book I liked more than I thought I would.


Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

IlluminaeThis 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.


I stumbled upon this book. I’d entered a giveaway for this book on a whim, not really looking into what it was about, just because I liked the cover, to then forget that I had entered. Then I got a message to say I had won. It arrived pretty quickly, and by then there had been quite a bit of buzz about this book online.

Flicking through the book, I was intrigued by how the story was told and knew that reading the book would be an experience in itself. Admittedly, it took me a little while to get into the book – probably about 100 pages – but after that, I couldn’t put the book down! It was an absolutely thrilling read and I haven’t read anything like it before. To be honest, if another book tried to do the same, I don’t think it would be anywhere near as good (but I’m willing to be proved wrong!).

I pre-ordered Gemina, the sequel, as soon as I could and ended up getting it a month early, which was a pleasant surprise! And the book was as brilliant as the first. It probably goes without saying that the third book, Obsidio, has already been pre-ordered, but unfortunately, there’s quite a few more months left to wait!

What books did you enjoy more than you thought you would?

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