Illuminae Review. Too lazy to come up with a better title

So I read this one for a book club and didn’t realize there was a lot of hype surrounding the book until after I read all the reviews for it online.  I didn’t really participate in the group discussion for the chapters (BIG SURPRISE THERE RIGHT???) though I did agree with some people, I feel like this was either a book that you loved or you hated and there was no in between unless you really had no opinion one way or another.

I fall into the I didn’t hate it, I didn’t adore it, I’d read the next one, but I don’t know if I’d buy it for it to take a place on my shelf.  A book has to be pretty special to make it on to my shelf i.e. The Deanna Madden Series.

Totally went off on a tangent, but anyway… there was a lot of hype surrounding the book and although I loved the idea of the book and I loved the way the book was written, I wouldn’t go as far to say that it was the best book I’ve read all year.  I think the writing style was one of the main issues that people had with this book.  For one, if you are not used to reading books that are entirely composed of emails, IM’s, etc, you probably won’t like this book because there is very little character development and the main character is a very suspicious person who does not want to be found or figured out.  So ya there is little character development for her.  She doesn’t want you to know who she is and I think she did a pretty good job with that.  Her boyfriend on the other hand was an open book which is why everyone seemed to love him.

I think if I had never read a book that was composed entirely of emails before I wouldn’t have known how to read this or how it would turn out.  Unless there is a “paper trail” of what was said and done behind the scenes of whatever you are reading there will be little to no way to know what happened when the character steps away from the computer screen.  That being said, I have read a book that was similar to this one and I actually really enjoyed the way that was written, which is probably one of the many reasons why I liked this book

WOW I really need to start writing reviews again.. my thoughts are all over the place…

ANYWAY… I think the only thing that did not thrill me about this book was the execution.  There was a lot of potential and a lot of new elements and styles of writing that could have been executed a little better.  I think there could have been more focus on plot and less focus on an attempt at character development.

Overall I think that the book was pretty good and I will probably read the second one when it come out…

Recommended for anyone that enjoys a little bit of young adult, romance, mild language, and text conversations.  Ages 13+


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