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It took me awhile, but I finally finished lluminae: The Illuminae Files_01 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, which I read and loved, though I sort of wish I’d listened to it instead (it’s a 2016 Top Ten Amazing Audiobook.) I was swept away by the action almost instantly, but the format…the format was so disruptive for me I found reading it a bit of a struggle. I generally enjoy books with unusual storytelling–epistolary, journal entries, and the like–but the actual printed formatting of lluminae kept pulling me out of the experience as I scanned to see which bits I could skip (I found the document headings and page detritus were pretty repetitive and unnecessary except as decoration to add an air of authenticity.) Plus, I found turning the book this way and that in order to read one particular characters’ sections was difficult; lluminae is not a small book!
All that said, the story itself was excellent. Compelling characters, solid plot twists, some truly scary (and disturbing) passages, and a satisfying-but-open conclusion made me very glad I stuck with it. As a friend of mine said, lluminae was good enough that it didn’t require any gimmicky formatting; I’m curious to check out the audiobook to see how that changes my reading experience.
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— Julie Bartel, currently reading Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson and one of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs mysteries