Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Review

Title: Illuminae
Author(s): Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Illuminae Files, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I was given this book as a Christmas gift, and to kick off my new reading year, I reviewed it!

One of my cousins gave me this novel for Christmas, and when I unwrapped it, I almost cried. It was so heavy and hefty in my hands, a literal brick. I was so excited to dive in that when I finished Emma, I started reading immediately. At first, I was a little apprehensive; it seems, with this book, it was either loved or hated, no in between. But I'm happy to tell you all that I loved this book.

It was the first work I'd read of either of these authors, even though These Broken Stars has been on my Kindle since the Christmas before last. The format is certainly unusual; it is, literally, an entire dossier.  This won't be for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. It was different and exciting, and even though Illuminae is absolutely massive, the breakneck pace made me fly through the pages, desperate to peel back layers of legal documents to see what was happening. I won't give anything away--I don't want to spoil it!

But to sum this book up: It literally has something for everyone. Exciting characters that were lovable, breakneck pacing, unusual formatting (to say the least), intergalactic plots, action, horror, and humor. I loved every single heart-pounding, frightening, tender moment of this book, and I cannot wait to see what else these two bestselling authors have in store--can I have the sequel? Now? Please? The bottom line: An exciting entry into a brand new series, this bestselling blockbuster, the brainchild of two young adult fiction titans, Illuminae was a high octane thrill ride into space and beyond! Next on deck: Black Iris by Leah Raeder!

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