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The "Illuminae Files" defines uniqueness (Book Review)

posted Oct 8, 2018, 3:41 PM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Kelsey Alder, Staff Writer
Posted October 8th, 2018

The “Illuminae Files” book series utilizes several unique writing techniques that create some very thought provoking ideas. First of all, rather than being written like a normal book, it was told through documents, camera logs, emails, etc. At first it just seems like a different method of telling the story, but at the end of the second book the reader begins to realize that it’s actually court documents compiled by the main characters to tell the story of what happened to them. It’s very original for a whole story to be told like this.  The storyline was good and fairly original for the most part. It had quite a few interesting plot twists that kept the reader glued to the page. They also had illustrations of the spaceships involved, which were cool and helped give an idea as to what they looked like. The biggest issue I had with the series was that all of the main characters were teenagers, which I have always found to be an irritating facet all too prevalent in books of today. The other issue I noticed is just that the main characters or the “good guys” always won. No matter how outnumbered they were or how slight their chances they always won, and I feel like it would have been more interesting if the characters had lost a few times. Overall, I would give the series 4/5 stars.