Kaufman, A., & Kristoff, J. (2017). Illuminae. New York: Ember.
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Girl meets boy. Girl breaks up with boy. Girl must survive with boy as planet is invaded, a an enemy warship pursues them, and a deadly virus breaks out.
Like many of the books I read, Illuminae caught my interest because I read so many rave reviews when it was first published. I had my misgivings about this book. The format is very unique. The story is told through documents, interviews, emails, journal entries, etc. While most readers will initially be drawn in by this, I worried that it looked more like an owner’s manual than an actual book. Still, the reviews were so overwhelmingly positive that, being the YA science fiction fan that I am, I decided to read it anyway.
Based on popular demand alone, Illuminae belongs in a YA collection. Teens are easily able to keep up with the latest trends. If they go to the library looking for the latest “cool” science fiction novel and the librarian doesn’t have it, the library is going to look outdated. Libraries deal with the stigma that they’re obsolete in the digital age enough as it is. It is a violent book, but so are most of the action films your kids are watching (and movies are much more graphic). This book is exciting and unique. Despite it’s intimidatingly large size, Illuminae deserves a spot on your shelf.
Ryan, A. K. (2011). Glow. New York: St. Martins Griffin.
Fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry and have children in order to repopulate the planet, but an unsuspecting attack from the sister ship puts her in danger.
Shared appeal terms: Science fiction genre, 7-12 grade levels, both contain space flight, space vehicles, and artificial intelligence. Found using the NoveList database.