Illuminae for #fridayreads

23 Oct 2015

Science Fiction readers, get ready to have your mind blown. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff hit shelves this week and it’s a whole new world. Entering new dimensions of science fiction, Illuminae is structured as a collection of documents. Emails, correspondences, heavily crossed out texts, complete with obvious exclusionary edits, fill the pages of this 599 page novel. When we unboxed this lovely book this week we were surprised and amazed to find that the jacket is a printed, opaque plastic, with select text printed on it, and a whole mass of text printed on the cover of the book itself. If there is ever a book that you MUST buy in hardcopy, it’s this one. Play the video to see what we mean.

We have such a book crush on ILLUMINAE. #fridayreads

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“So here is the file that almost killed me, Director.”

Those are the first words of a truly epic story.

It’s 2575 and a tiny ice speck of a planet on the edge of the universe is being fought over by two megacorporations, much to the surprise of it’s inhabitants, when antagonistic members of both parties show up on the surface. Our protagonists are Katy and Ezra, who, until they ended their relationship mere hours before the unforeseen invasion, are stuck together on a desperate quest for survival. Being stuck on a fleeing spaceship with your ex is bad enough, but they must face the weapons of the enemy warship that’s hot in pursuit, a mischievous AI, a rapidly mutating plague, and potentially corrupt hierarchy. Illuminae is just the first of an anticipated trilogy, and you can bet your bottom dollar that we will be anxiously awaiting the next installment… just as soon as we spend our entire weekend reading this one.

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Chloe is a Professional Book Nerd. She loves big words, big books, big dogs, and big adventures.