Wow. Pack the tissues, boys and girls. The end 1/4 of this is going to break your heart. By now in the series, we all know that not everyone is going to make it out alive, but it still hurts your emotions with who does and doesn't make it to the other side.
"We remember them, so in some ways they're always with us"
I'd never thought about the military having military issue briefs before, so that was a new thing to make me think about. And I'm still not sure how I feel about Duke talking in third person about himself.
"A soldier's first duty is to their conscience"
The pictures were gorgeous - there's even a couple of pages drawn graphic novel style. Plus one spread that looks like a photo has been taken of the landscape on Kerenza IV.
"It only takes one pebble to start an avalanche"
Family isn't always blood relations - it's who's been there for you through everything and has been your rock through thick and thin, and who always will be. Ezra, Kady, Rhys, Asha, Nik, Hanna, Ella, and Mr Biggles II in the end all became like family to one another - along with a couple of others, they're basically the only family they had left. I loved the little Mouse though.
"Of all the things I have seen and all the places I have been, you were the one who felt most like home."
Wow. I have no words. This was incredible! One of the best finales I have read.
I have a few criticisms but they do not even matter in the grand scheme of this book and series. I honestly believe this book is a masterpiece. The way it is structured and the way the plot unfolds is amazing. It could have gone wrong and messy in so many ways but the authors really pulled their weight and you can tell. It shows from how well-constructed this book is.
Structure I love how interactive the book is. As you know by now, the Illuminae Files are written like a set of files. They range from transcribed surveillance footage to handwritten notes to chat transcripts to audio files to journal entries to blueprints of ships and more. There are even pages where you have to turn the page around to read the full text. It is incredibly visual and if you have the chance to listen to the audiobook I recommend to read and listen at the same time. This one is much more visual than the others.
Due to the structure, not only are you invested but it feels like you are on a roller-coaster. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are great at building tension and suspense. My heart was racing in several scenes and I got teary at a lot of scenes.
The plot is well-structured and all the characters are amazing!
Themes By far the best part of the book is the themes. The themes of war and humanity were done well. I appreciated the commentary on how everyone is human and how it is not always an 'Us and them' situation. Sometimes the enemy is bigger than you or I. I loved the commentary on ship politics and how people react in different situations.
Overall, this was amazing!!! I highly recommend this series if you are a visual person, if you love science-fiction, and if you want something that will suck you in right from the beginning.
A perfect ending to an amazing trilogy. I've read each book in a all nighter in almost one sitting. I love the Illuminae Files and my only regret is that the series is complete. But thankfully Kaufman and Kristoff are prolific writers with lots more for me to read.