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Unique and refreshing


Title: Illuminae
By: Arnie Kaufman

I get super excited about unique things. I love experiencing something that pushes the boundaries of normal expectations. I love not being willing to put a book down because I want to know not just what will happen next, but how they will tell me about it. And I experienced all that love as I read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

An illegal mining colony on the outskirts of explored space is attacked by a competing corporation and the miners and their families have to escape in a hurry. Ezra and Kady are two normal teenagers--he’s into sports, she’s into computers--until the devastating day of the attack. They must survive with all the other refugees as they escape on some friendly spaceships whose warp-drives were crippled in the evacuation to a nearby space station.

Almost like a found-footage movie, the pages of this book are filled with an analyst’s interpretations of security camera recordings from the ships, audio and chat logs between survivors and ship personnel, scanned print communications, and epic graphic word-art imagery. And with each new document the story unfolds of Ezra and Kady’s survival in the ragtag, refugee-filled fleet on their slow and treacherous journey to safety.

The struggle of existing on overpopulated ships, a possibly faulty AI named AIDAN, a horrifying sickness running rampant through one of the ships, and the captains doing their best to prevent fleet-wide panic--and all the while, the possibility of enemy ships attacking--keeps you on the edge of your seat, making every turn of the page exciting! Due to the psychological stress, violence, and horror in this book I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone younger than 15.

But if you want to experience a unique and refreshing way of storytelling, then look no further!

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Posted on Feb. 26, 2018 at 4:37 a.m.

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