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ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - Review

August 5, 2017





My rating: 5 of 5 Stars

How I Got It: Purchased Ebook

Publication Date: October 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books

Point of View: Epistolary

Genre: Sci-Fi Adventure





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I mean . . . WHOA!!!!


I went into this book knowing only two things--First, that it's sci-fi. Second, that everyone seems to like it. That was it.


And now all I can say is--WHAT IN THE HECK TOOK ME SO LONG TO READ THIS!?!?!?





This book was brilliant. Let me just say that straight-up. It's presented as a series of files and documents and emails and print-outs of texted conversations, etc, which makes it a modern-day version of an epistolary novel (see how I through in a Lit. Major term there?). I wasn't sure at first that I would be able to get attached the characters considering what I feared would be a limited perspective.




The two authors of this book were just ridiculously brilliant in how they unfolded the characters of their two leads. They are so distinct and quickly so lovable . . . and their situation is SO IMPOSSIBLE that you just can't look away!


Gosh, I'm so afraid of saying too much. I don't want to spoil this book for anyone, and there were just SO MANY SURPRISES along the way, starting from page 1 on, and I'm afraid I'll give away something!


Let me just say--the AI threat of this book was incredible. Just incredible. (But I don't want to say why.)


The romance was perfect, absolutely perfect.


The action was KILLER! (In every possible sense.)


The climax was . . . oh my gosh. The climax. I read it thinking there is NO WAY ANYONE COMES OUT OF THIS ALIVE.


And . . . well . . .


It's so worth reading people, but I just cannot write a review worthy of this book. I can't. The shock-value of it is half the fun!




There was nothing  I didn't like about this book. Nothing at all. It kept me utterly glued to the page the whole time, and I blasted through it so fast it's not even funny.


And I don't even usually read sci-fi!



So there you go. Book 1 of my Science Fiction Month is now complete. And I'm afraid that anything I read after this is going to suffer so badly by comparison . . . so apologies in advance to poor Starflight, which I am picking up today.



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