Tag: Illuminae

Science-Fiction Book Suggestions for Newbies

sci-fi recs for newbies

A friend of mine recently asked what books I’d recommend for her niece to get into science-fiction and I thought, “Hey there’s an idea! I read enough and I love the idea of telling people what to read!” 🙂

Some of these books were literally gazing at me from my shelf. So anyway below are the books I think would help people launch themselves into the sci-fi genre. While I don’t believe in age limits on what books people should read (no one is to old for YA for instance) I tried to pick a good spectrum of books.




Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Grade: C/C+

This book is the second in a series that began with Illuminae: The Illuminae Files 01 and actually concerns what’s going on at the jump station that the survivors of the first book are trying to make their way too. Basically, the same idiots who perpetrated the crimes of the first book are continuing their meticulously documented conspiracy to cover up those crimes in Gemina.

Luckily there are two snarky teens on the station to try to stop them. The boy from the wrong side of the space station and the Commander’s “spoiled” daughter up against the highly trained operatives sent to secure the station and lay a trap for the incoming ship.

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files 01



Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Space Opera

Grade: B

Kady and Ezra have just broken up when their planet is attacked and decimated. The two teenagers along with the survivors are refugees on the ships of the only people who answered the distress call. Two civilian cruisers and a huge and wounded military ship piloted by an injured AI called Aidan.

There’s a whole lot going on in this book. AI’s, love, angst, being a refugee, biological warfare, outbreaks, and on and on.

This is going to sound a little strange because I liked the story despite everything that was going on and I loved the presentation but as they say the devil is in the details and I had some problems with the details.