Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m honestly surprised right now that I even knew it was Wednesday – yesterday was just overwhelming. Work is crazy, my son had the flu (which meant hours of clean up, laundry, and rubbing his back as his head was in a bucket) and so much more. And on top of all the craziness I’ve been desperately attempting to finish ACOWAR….. it’s been a slow process but I’m getting there. I’m currently on page 468 and WOW it’s about to go DOWN!
Ok, that’s enough of the life updates – onto the post! I found a great blog event hosted by Flavia (Flavia The Bibliophile) and Melanie (MN Bernard Books) earlier on in the week and love the idea! It’s a monthly event where on the first Monday of each month you discuss a book you’ve read or are currently reading that fits the topic of that month. I came into this late so my post is coming up on a Wednesday instead of a Monday. The theme for May is – BEST SEQUEL! This is a very hard one for me! There are so many options! Flavia chose my first pick, which was A Court of Mist and Fury, so I wanted to choose something different. My pick for the best sequel is……. drumroll please………
GEMINA (Illuminae files #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Science fiction?! I bet you’re really surprised right now…… I know, I know, I may have an addiction. But this book was so good! When I first started Illuminae it was purely a cover buy and I was interested in the layout. It’s set up in the form of a case file with interviews, instant messages, texts, video surveillance, diagrams, and pictures. It was something new and refreshing and it caught my attention. But I didn’t expect to love this series. At the time I wasn’t into science fiction at all so I had low expectations. But I ended up loving Illuminae! And then Gemina came along and I had mixed emotions all over again. It had a totally different cast of characters and it took me a while to get into this sequel. But when I finally got hooked I was HOOKED! Not only did it have the same fast paced space action, but it also went deeper into the true politics behind the original attack. There was also further explanation into the world itself and how space travel really worked. I hate politics in real life but when politics come into play in a book and it’s written well – it’s a crowd pleasing game changer for me! But when you add unexpectedly kick ass characters to the mix – I’m in love! Eventually the characters in book one came into play in this book which seemed to tie it all together. The writing and illustrations were just flawless! Even if you’re not a big fan of science fiction I would recommend this book!!!!
Other sequels I considered were: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you get the chance take a look at the blogs of the wonderful ladies hosting this event! I look forward to my June participation for the theme of BEST SHAKESPEARE PLAY! If you’re looking into possibly participating in this event yourself, just click HERE or HERE for more information!!!
What is your vote for best sequel??
Until next time, happy reading!