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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Good Morning All!

This week I am reviewing Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! This was the last book I read in 2018 and was honestly one of the most unique/unconventional books I have ever read.
For one thing, it isn’t written in the most traditional book sense. Instead of pages of narration, the book is set up a collection of data logs, interviews, and reports. It is called, after all, The Illuminae Files.

The story begins right after an attack on an illegal mining plant called Kerenza. The dialogue goes back and forth between interviews with Kady and Ezra, each telling their version of the events and how they escaped the destruction. Thing is though, in the morning before the invasion, Kady had just broken up with Ezra.

The rest of the story follows them and a few officials as they try to make their way towards the  Heimdall Waypoint, a place where they can return to legal civilization but there are enemies closing and life on their ship is not safe.

At first, there is so much information that it is hard to know what is important and what is not. Since the book is in the form of a collection of data, there is a lot of extra information, which makes the book realistic but confusing at times.

Once I started understanding the different characters and their roles, it was a lot easier to enjoy this unique story. I found the characters compelling and was sobbing by the end. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, and I give this book:

 

 

See you all next time!
XOX Shelby Grace

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