Review: Memento by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Title: Memento (The Illuminae Files #.5)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 20th, 2020
eBook, 84 pages
Summary: From New York Times bestselling authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes an Illuminae prequel digital novella that gives readers a hair-raising glimpse into the calamity that befell the invincible AI system known as AIDAN–and the daring young programmer who would risk her life to keep it from crashing. AIDAN is the AI you’ll love to hate. The advanced AI system was supposed to protect a fleet of survivors who’d escaped the deadly attack on Kerenza IV. AIDAN was supposed to be infallible. But in the chaotic weeks and months that followed, it became clear that something was terribly, terribly wrong with AIDAN…

WHAT. HOW. NO. ADIAN. *internal screaming*

The Illumimae Files is one of my favorite series of all times so I was super bummed when I missed the preorder incentive for Aurora Rising and didn’t get Memento. I was thrilled when I heard that they would be publishing it!

is a story all on its own. We learn things about ADIAN we never knew before. I was always curious at what point AIDAN had developed a sense of self awareness and we finally get that answer in this novella.

We also get to see the beginning of the attack on the Kerenza colony and how everyone including ADIAN reacts, especially after the damage it sustains.

Overall I really loved this novella and I can’t talk about much more without spoiling it. But it’s a great introduction or addition to an already amazing series.

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