Monday, October 19, 2015
Book Review: "Illuminae" by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I think you all know that science fiction is not my usual genre. I dabble in it here and there, but it just isn't something that I read very often. All of a sudden it seemed like everyone who went to BEA was raving about this Illuminae book and wouldn't stop talking about how good it is. Naturally, my curiosity was piqued. A copy of the ARC showed up in my mailbox one day and my friend was adamant that I read it next. So I did.
HOLY CRAP you guys. I was completely wrapped up in all of it. You see, the entire story is told in a series of "found" documents, transcripts and schematics. It is brilliant. You can see the story unfolding, and you just can't help yourself from turning pages to find out what happens next! This is just something else.
The ending came with a few quick twists and turns which threw me for an emotional loop. This is obviously the start of a planned series (trilogy?) and so has the necessary cliffhanger at the end. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but given that I didn't see the twists coming in the first place - I have no idea where the rest of this series is going to go. And I love that.
Listen to the buzz on this one. Take it from this non-scifi reader who loved this book.
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Random House, 2015
Series: Illuminae Files_01
Source: Arc from a friend