I was trying to choose between five different books to start tonight (and that’d doesn’t even include my actual TBR lists)!! LOL! My choices are mostly the latest brand new releases (Kristen Ashley, Jamie McGuire, just to give you a couple). And I just can’t choose because they are ALL calling me. My favorite authors!!!
But there is one… one that is not my normal genre, nor did it call to me much. —> Illuminae (The Illuminae Files) <— Oh sure the blurb is good (end of world, and a plague etc etc… I LOVE THOSE!!) yet there was something about this one that was holding me back from the book-love train. A bit too… technical/sci-fi-y in the blurb? I dunno. At first I was all… YES MINE!!!
“This afternoon, her planet was invaded.” …
“But their problems are just getting started. A plague has broken out and is mutating with terrifying results…”
And as I continued reading the synopsis, my excitement waned a little, (Fleets? Hacking? Warships and maps? *sigh*) and I was all… meh. I dunno. Do I really anna get into all that?
But OMG everyone is flipping over it (authors, like K.A. Linde and Colleen Hoover LOVING IT, and readers all over my Facebook feed!!), and I wanna flip too! It’s getting awesome reviews!!! I *think* it’s sci-fi? Definitely dystopian and a few of our very own fellow readers are going INSANE after reading it. Loving it and walking around in a book fog. And, see, it *says* for grade 7 and up but that doesn’t bother me at all. So many HUGE hits were “YA” and we all lost our minds over ‘em. Yep! And after Michelle’s reaction? I’m downloading it!
See for yourself:
Michelle: Fabi, excited to read Illuminae – with all the great reviews and that blurb, I couldn’t resist splurging. Fingers crossed it hits my dystopian sweet spot
Michelle: Where’s Fabi?…FABI! I have to share my utter excitement over Illuminae! About a third of the way done and I already know it’s in my top 10 for the year and will likely climb if the pace keeps up…just OMG I’ve never read anything like it! To put it in terms you will understand, I’m Red Rising excited Back to reading…I can’t see myself stopping unless I fall asleep by accident!
bev: Michelle what’s it about?
Michelle: I stayed up half the night but I finished a 600 page book in less than 24 hours because it was FANTASTIC!!! What’s it about Bev? I like how Jay Kristoff sums it up on goodreads (check out the first review) – sounds crazy right! If you are not into space or zombies or anything dytopian or scifi, I can say it doesn’t matter and everyone should read, no experience, this book. The way it’s presented is uber unique – words and images in an artful weave that IMPACTS more than either alone; dialogue is conveyed in a way that makes it seem like you are living it not reading it. Seriously my mind is blown!! 5 HUGE stars!! It at least ties Red Rising for my favorite read of the year and maybe nudges it a little for just absolute novelty. Fabi, I can hardly contain myself waiting for you to get to this epic read! I’m buying the hardcover asap…I hope more authors jump into this format…ughh I have to stop gushing and get ready for work *deep breath*
fabi: Holy crap! Micheeeelle. I’m moving this weekend and can’t read. waaaaaaaa Oh my God, I can’t wait to get my hands on that book. You’re getting the hard copy?
Michelle: I haven’t been as excited over a book since Red Rising really…not that I haven’t read some amazing books this year but the out of the box presentation, genre-bending uniqueness reminds me why I love reading. It has been complete book fog all day and I recommended it to sooo many people! For those who took the leap with Station Eleven it’s as beautifully packaged and has a lot of romance albeit the YA version but still satisfies. The visual aspect of the book beyond the words is what would be awesome to have in hardcover. Some of the print on the images was very small in the kindle version and I had to strain a little. Still readable and enjoyable but the hardcover will be like a work of art.
fabi: Alright, I’m getting the hard cover. Can’t wait!
Michelle: I’m dying to go get it too! I know the images will be better in the hardcover. It’s really funny in some spots too which was surprising. There’s a little of everything – mayhem, action, explosions, love, wit, secrets, heartbreak…GAH just read it, I need someone to fangirl over it with me!!
fabi: I will! At this point I’m ready to crawl into one of these boxes with the book and pull the lids closed over me. 600 pages in 24 hours! I foresee a sleepless night for myself.
Michelle: Omg what am I going to start after Illuminae? Everything looks like poop and more poop…I might have to reread WiR just to appease myself while I’m coming down from my London-thick book fog!
Maryse: The blurb sounds pretty good for Illuminae but your reactions make it sound much better. Normally I wouldn’t have been attracted to this one, but the way you guys are going on about it, I think I need a temporary genre change!
fabi: Oh double woohoo. That would be awesome Maryse! I’m picking up the hard copy asap.
Michelle: Maryse! I will flip even more if you read it!! Sometimes a nice genre change is just what you need and this one is guaranteed like nothing you have read before!
Michelle: Fabi…Maryse…someone read Illuminae! I’m still thinking about it and the hardcover is crazy crazy amazing – truly a literary work of art!
Maryse: Oh YES Illuminae is interesting me so much too… it’s not my usual but you guys are loving it too much, it must be awesome.
Fabi: And then I’m going to read Illuminae based on Michelle’s reaction and the fact that it’s tight up my alley. . So, yeah
*squeeeeee!!!!* I’m so excited! I just bought it and now I’m going on a book adventure!!! Too many people are losing their minds. It’s time for me to go absolutely nuts for a book too! *happy wiggle* !!!!!! PLUS!! I think it’ll be a love story, too.