illuminae

You may have already heard of–or read–this book, but I just read it an I wanted to put in my two cents for anyone who’s still on the fence. Sometimes hype scares people away, after all.

The story is set in 2575, and is a mix of a romance and a grand space adventure. Two rival mega-corporations are fighting over planetary colonies and resources. Kady and Ezra lived on one such illegal settlement, until a rival attacks, and they’re forced to flee on damaged spaceships–with another ship in pursuit. Kady and Ezra had just broken up before the attack, so the story follows their back and forth as well as unravels the big looming issue of the warship chasing them.

There isn’t much new to this story, really. The romance is fairly standard YA, and there are several plot elements that may remind you of another book or movie–I found myself quoting a famous line from one sci fi movie in particular. But stories don’t need a twist–after all, there are only so many stories out there–if it’s told well.

And this is one of my favorite kind of ways to tell a story–epistolary novels. It’s told through email messages, instant messages, reports, etc. Better yet, the story flows naturally as it’s told, and the way it is told makes sense. These sort of novels can feel awkward, but this doesn’t–and the elements are sometimes beautiful, words swirling across a black page. Most of the text is simple to read, however.

If you like science fiction, YA, and/or romance, and are looking for a story engagingly and beautifully told, you should give this a shot.

 

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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