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What I’m currently reading
I’ve never read a book this long (600 pages) in such a short amount of time. I tore through Illuminae in five days, friends. Five. Days. It was so good. The story is incredible, the characters are fantastic, and the interior design is stunning. It’s one of the best books I’ve read all year, and is popping straight onto my forever shelf <3
As I’m typing this on Tuesday I still have roughly 150 pages left to read, but there’s a good chance I’ll have finished this by the time this post goes live. Must. Know. More! I’ll either finish it over night or early Wednesday morning, but either way – If you’re reading this, I have finished Illuminae and my feelings are dead.
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.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
I’m really bad at reading this, but with Illuminae being so good I didn’t want to make the time, if I’m honest. Illuminae came first. I have started it, so there’s some progress since my post two weeks ago, I just haven’t got very far 🙂
“A superb tutorial for anyone wanting to learn from pros how to polish fiction writing with panache.”– Library Journal
What I recently finished reading
The Final Empire
So I finished this, and now my feelings hurt. Between The Final Empire and Illuminae, my heart is in a lot of pain recently! I won’t say too much now because my review will be up tomorrow (note to self: write the review), but this was good, friends. It’s another addition for my forever shelf.
In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.
What I think I’ll read next
After devouring Illuminae I can’t wait to read this! I’m so happy I bought both books together. Good thinking, past me.
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 Illuminaecontinues 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.
Given how much Illuminae has destroyed me, I might read this before I jump into Gemina. You know, to give my feelings a chance to recover. This is an ARC, so I should prioritise it, anyway, and it’ll be nice to read something light after the monster that was Illuminae.
Skye Summers: Gainfully employed university grad, cat servant, leftover sushi connoisseur…
Sugar baby falling hard and fast for two men.
Still reeling from her steamy encounter with Finn, Skye has a tidal wave of feelings to decode when the snarky billionaire shows up on her doorstep with a bouquet of chocolate roses. Oh, and a declaration that if she and Cole aren’t a real couple outside of their sugar daddy contract, then Finn is coming after her heart—hard.
And, honestly, Skye doesn’t hate his enthusiasm. In fact, she finds Finn and his wit rather charming.
Her suppressed feelings for sugar daddy Cole, however, refuse to quit. Even if they left things a little awkward after Finn’s party, four years of blossoming love aren’t easy to forget.
But when Cole waltzes into her usual Wednesday evening yoga class, looking gorgeous as ever, Skye finally learns that her feelings might not be so one-sided…
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!
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