Illuminae

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I’ve read Illuminae in about four days (less than that). That goes to show it was a pleasant read.

This is a science fiction book where a planet is attacked by a corporation called BeiTech, in the year of 2575. Kady and Ezra end up fighting for their lives on an evacuating fleet. There’s much more to it but I’ll leave it for you to read the rest!

 

I especially liked that this book grabbed me so much from the beginning. It’s one of those books where we do not want to stop reading because we want to know what’s going to happen next. However, this also implies that what is happening at that moment is not extremely captivating.

It is interesting that the story is presented to us through documents rather than a personal narration. Sometimes the documents appear to be too subjective in my opinion, especially when it comes to the transcription of images or the nucleus of the AI. This has an explanation, but even so, it removed some of the charm of this type of presentation.

I may read the other books in the series, even though it is not a priority. Anyway, I give this book 4 stars because I think it is recommendable to those who like these genres (science fiction and young adult), although they are genres in which my knowledge is very limited.

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A Man Called Ove

I’ve finished reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman this past wednesday and it was a rollercoaster of emotions!

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The main character of this story is Ove, a 59 year-old man who’s just recently lose his loved wife and who wants to die as soon as possible in order to meet her. Fortunate or unfortunately, his neighbours – including a cat – keep abstaining him from dying.

This is about a man that many people may not understand. I think I did. He’s a simple man that lived his life according to what he believed in. Even though that may be true, he made some changes along the way due to different scenarios he ended up in. I don’t relate with everything he did but I could relate with a lot and I could understand everything that happened.
I’ve read this book through its translation to portuguese and I couldn’t find a flaw in the whole book. The plot, the characters, the writing style. Everything was perfect while I was reading this story.
I advise you all to read this book, no matter how old you are. It’s also about relationships but it’s mainly about someone getting old and realizing everything’s different from what he was used to but he’s still the same. Coping with that may be terrifying for a man called Ove.

This was the second book I read by Fredrik Backman – the first one was the great, amazing, dearest My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry – and I’ll definitely be reading everything by him sooner or later (sooner than later probably!).