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The Quilty Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

One of the best books of the year

Illuminae - Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman

This book was just a solid wow for me, from beginning to end. I've never really gotten into "found footage" style movies, but I love that style of book, where bits and pieces of journals, pictures, images & transcriptions form the narrative experience.


The plot is simple and well-executed. Cady Grant and Ezra Mason have just broken up when their little planet, the site of an illegal mining operation, is attacked by a rival technology corporation. They escape onto a battleship (yes, the kind that travels through space. Think the Enterprise) and spend the remainder of the book fending off an attack. The other major character is AIDAN, the AI that runs the battleship.


There is a lot going on in this book, and it is all told through a "file" which has been submitted to an unknown individual about what happened in the BeiTech attack on Kerenza. The file includes some gorgeous bits, like this:



I apologize for the low quality images - I read this on my kindle fire, which photographs exceedingly poorly, so this is actually a screen shot from my kindle cloud reader which is not fantastic either!


The format takes some getting used to, but it is also clever and fun. The last 30% of the book is gripping, and there are two major plot events that I am not going to spoil, but which made me gasp audibly.


I've also, incidentally, heard great things about the audiobook - there are four separate voices doing the narration. While the book was lovely on my kindle fire, stay away from reading it on an e-ink kindle because you will miss so much of what makes this book special. And, honestly, I wish I'd read the hardback. I loved it enough that I've already ordered a copy for myself so I can read it again in what I expect will be the best possible format for the book.


Grim - I think you *might* like this one. AIDAN is a fascinating AI character.