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.
The exciting conclusion to the Illuminae Files trilogy, featuring new characters and challenges.
There are potential spoilers of the FIRST TWO books in this review- as this is the third and final book of the trilogy.
So the first book came out 2015- so three years later I’m reading the conclusion. For the life of me I can’t remember what happened in those first two books! Characters? Nope. Plot points? Nope. Luckily they do give hints of the previous books to reacquaint you with the characters. It’s not a full rundown of the first 2 books, but I’ll take it.
I liked getting a better view into the main characters lives- what was going on with them pre invasion. I liked seeing their lives after the peak of drama in their respective books!
I liked the crazy layout that kept up with the previous two books.
I liked the crazy plot (I was never surprised by the “twists” BUT there was still plenty going on and I enjoyed the progression).
I didn’t love the two new characters introduced in this book. Their story didn’t get me, they were afterthoughts to me and I think they could’ve been developed better. I was about 150 pages into this 615 page book and it felt a little slower than I was expecting- but I think that was because I didn’t connect with Rhys and Asha.
What I REALLY didn’t like was AIDEN’s super weird relationship with Kady- that wasn’t one sided. It was creepy and weird to me and reminded me a little bit of stockholm syndrome. It took personification to a whole new level and I didn’t like it.
Overall, this is a great conclusion to the trilogy. In a world where the third book always lets down – this one doesn’t. I still like the first book the best, but this one was an exciting conclusion to a fun sci-fi out-of-the-box trilogy!
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Winter! There are a LOT of mentions of being freezing cold on Kereneza IV in this book. So icy cold weather would be the perfect reading companion to this book.