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Amie Kaufman Books In Order

Publication Order of Starbound Series (with Meagan Spooner) Books

These Broken Stars (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Shattered World (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Their Fractured Light (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Illuminae Files Series (with Jay Kristoff) Books

Illuminae (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gemina (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Obsidio (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Unearthed Series (with Meagan Spooner) Books

Unearthed (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Elementals Books

Ice Wolves (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Begin, End, Begins (with Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer and Lili Wilkinson) (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Amie Kaufman is the Star Bound Trilogy author and international New York Times bestselling author of Sci-Fi and fantasy novels for young adults. Her award-winning literature has been described as a game-changer, mesmerizing and exceptionally impressive. The Starbound series has been co-written with Meagan Spooner. Her latest series, The Illuminae Files is co-written with Jay Kristoff and began with the worldwide bestseller Illuminae. Amie Kaufman resides in Melbourne, Australia with her partner and their dog, Jack.

Starbound

Star Bound is a brilliantly written space oeuvre, with elements of the supernatural. The plot is survival-based; the connection between the survivors makes this book unique. The descriptions are well done; it flowed well, given that the novel was collaboration between two novelists. The romance was entirely believable, though a little devastating due to the surroundings and the circumstances. Lilac and Tarver’s relationship is great although Lilac comes off as a bad girl, in the beginning, she later improves. Tarver, on the other hand, does not depict a man’s character for the femininity of his narration. He is a fighter, he’s sturdiness mixed with empathy, but certain aspects about his him do not make him feel realistic as an 18-year old.

Lilac LaRoux is a wealthy heiress in the galaxy. She lives in a constant bubble surrounded by false friends, fans that love her due to her lucky bloodline. Her father is a self-taught engineer. Lilac suffocates in her father’s protective custody. She knows that he adores her and would destroy the galaxy to any man who would cause her any harm. She has spent her life surrounded by famous acquaintances, and numerous friends, due to her status as the cherished daughter of the galaxy’s wealthiest man, a competent engineer. Tarver Merendsen, the 18-year-old, a war champion, is now a free guest on board the spacecraft Icarus, but feels mostly awkward, until a stunning red-headed catches his attention. Lilac rejects him callously. She blatantly humiliates the poor boy in front of a crowd. Lilac knows that his father would hit the roof if he only found out that Tarver had his eyes on her.

Despite the nasty introduction, Lilac and Tarver find themselves in an escape pod when something banged the airship out of space. They might perish if not rescued on time. A wave of thermal energy shoots through its metal framework. Left in utter darkness, but for the bright stars remotely around the ship everything has been destroyed from the outer space. The passengers must abandon the life pods. The Icarus has more than 50,000 passengers.Their escape shell lands on a strange planet. The air seems safe too, but the environment is harsh. Lilac has grown up in a virtual environment, with perfect landscapes, she is unfamiliar with the new terrain, but she’s toughened up. Tarver, as a military man, is naturally in control of the situation.

Lilac and Tarver must work as teammates. Lilac tries to mask her fear with hatred and anger towards Tarver. He still remembers her cold treatment on the night they first met. He is also aggravated by his attraction towards her, despite her nasty attitude. The two must get along until someone comes to rescue the entire space ship. But there is something weird on the alien planet. There are glimpses of shadows, ghostly voices.The entire book is chilling, no doubt. Lilac is at first flawed, even abominable, but she matures later on as she has no choice but to get along, to survive. She terrifies the young boy in the beginning, as he fights to get them to safety. Lilac is so resolute to prove that she’s tough. But in the end, she becomes a friendly person once she drops her guard. Tarver’s is a gentleman, he is a soldier, but he is exceedingly romantic in his crush for Lilac.

He finds Lilac lovely, and fascinating. He relentlessly admires her physique, her beauty, her face, and her hair. The romance between Lilac and Tarver start out as enemies, and they gradually grow into a friendship and eventually into love. It was a remarkable love story. Overall, an interesting tale that is rather extraordinary from nearly all YA sci-fi editions.

Illuminae; the Illuminae Files

Illuminae is mostly edited into diagrams, pictures, interviews, transcripts of recordings, and instant messages. It is 600 pages long! This is a long tale of a young teenage girl, Kady, and a boy, Ezra who, alongside their planet, are forced to escape their habitat on Kerenza IV when a mega company tries to seize an illegal mine field on the tiny planet. The company; Bei-Tech end up destroys everyone on the globe to protect themselves from any witnesses who saw them do their shady business. Too bad no one tried to warn the people living on the spaceship. With the enemy ammunition furiously trailing down on them, Kady and Ezra who are barely talking to each other hence they are forced to find their way into an evacuating fleet, while the enemy’s warship was in hot pursuit.

However, this is the beginning of their problems. A fatal plague has broken out and is mutating fast, with frightening results; the fleet’s AI, may, in fact, be an adversery; and nobody knows what’s happening. Kady hacks into a scrambled web of data to search for answers. But the only person who can help is her ex. She swore never to talk to him. Now, caught between a rock and a weirdly hard place; she has no option but to seek his help. Kady typically comes off as the genius hacker. However, she’s also flawed and sarcastic. Her relationship with Ezra was awkward and ended up on a sad note. Aiden is a computer genius. She is psychopathic in the way she interacts with some of the characters.

Her relationship with Kady is cordial and surreal. Every detail in the novel gradually grows from a small situation into a huge big mess. The book is fast-paced and keeps you on edge the whole time. If you love space ships and paranoia, this edition is unputdownable. Everything is extremely impressive; it makes you feel profoundly involved with the characters. It is just magnificent.

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