ILLUMINAE TO BE A FILM???

ILLUMINAE FILM DISCUSSION

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My review of Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1)

I’m sure you guys have all heard of the book that took the reading world by storm at the end of 2015. Illuminae, written  Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff has changed the way people read books.

If you’ve read my review of Illuminae, you know I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book, the plot was a let down and I didn’t like the main character, Kady and found the romance infuriating.

Don’t get me wrong the books is enjoyable enough, with the engaging format and from what I’ve heard the out of this world audiobook. (ARE YOU PICKING UP WHAT I JUST PUT DOWN.) But I just don’t think this book has enough meat in it to actually be a movie. I understand that the book 600 odd pages but to be honest not that much actually happened in the book. The plot is pretty generic and the characters are annoying so I just don’t know if the plot is really exciting enough for a film.

For this to work as a movie the writers will have to add a whole lot more to the story – jumpscares, new scenes…etc.

I hope this film will work out but at this point, not really knowing anything about the cast or writers I am very apprehensive. I feel like this is going to be a let down, similar to The 5th Wave. What really made Illuminae the phenomenon that it has become was the format, the blanked out words, the emails and the restricted documents. I just don’t think it will be at all possible to convey any of this on-screen.

Are you guys excited for the film? Do you think it will work or that they’ll botch it up?

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[Book Review] Illuminae

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

3.75/5

I’m honestly not sure how I feel about this book.

I feel weird saying this but my favourite character was the crazy AI who killed everyone and fell in love with the headstrong girl who unfortunately I wasn’t a massive fan of.

“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.”

Illuminae has all of the hype. Not only is it co-written by two amazing authors but it is told in a strange yet unique way. Illuminae is told through a series of documents: interviews, emails, diary entries, chats, conversations and radio communications. This is what I liked most about the book. I didn’t love the plot, it was a bit lacking but the way the story was told made it quicker and easier to read.

If, like me you found the plot a little bit dry or found it hard to get into the book you might want to try giving the audiobook a go, I’ve heard it’s quite good.

Something that may bother some people is how we don’t have a constant narrator. In a way we have a cast of narrators. Almost every page we are being told part of the story by a different person. We can never really get to know a character through the ‘normal way’ and we can only dorm an opinion on them through what they say and do.

“She is catalyst.
She is chaos.
I can see why he loves her.” 

Our main, I guess, protagonist is Kady. She’s ballsy, quick witted and will kick your ass. Kady is “good with computers”, so good in fact, that she goes from mainstream hacking to repairing a crazy complex computer and fighting in a war in a few months.

Kady and one of the other ‘main characters’, Ezra broke up before the book started and we get to know them through emails and short, seven minute conversations. After a few of these conversations the two were professing their undying love for each other. I found their romance to be too unbelievable and I just couldn’t get myself on board with it.

You deserve every star in the galaxy laid out at your feet and a thousand diamonds in your hair.

O H, P L E A S E

I’m sorry Ezra but could you please, for sake of everyone, just stop talking.

“Am I not merciful?”

I have to say, my favourite thing about this book is definitely AIDAN. The AI just thought, in some insane and twisted way that he was doing the right thing. Naturally he killed a ship full of people and sort of fell in love with Kady at the same time.

Even though I’m not in love with this book I do plan on reading its sequel because overall I did still enjoy it.