Unless you’ve spent the last 3 years traveling at light-speed through space on the run from the megacorporation that destroyed your home, you’ve probably heard of The Illuminae Files. With the recent release of the third and final instalment of this thrilling series, it’s hard to avoid the hype crawling every bookish vent of cyberspace. Hype that exists for good reason, trust me!
It’s possible you’re reading this post thinking, “but I don’t like Sci-fi…” Do you like badass characters? Morally questionable fictional folks? High stakes? Romance? Broken hearts? Explosions? The murder of innocents? Having your heart torn apart by a book you want to pitch at the wall but simultaneously never let go over because you just have to know how it ends?
Maybe you’re thinking, “but I prefer my novels told by the first person…” Don’t be put off by the dossier style of this series. In my opinion, this is one of Illuminae’s greatest strengths. I won’t lie, this was my option at first, until I actually read a few pages. The narration is laugh-out-loud funny, and the narrator (whose identity is revealed in the final novel, Obsidio) is one of the most lovable characters in the entire series. Besides, LOOK AT THOSE PICTURES (love-heart-eyes!!!). The images in these books are gorgeous, you’ll often find yourself spending more time staring at the layout of the page than the words sprawled across them.
Like me, perhaps you’ve left the first instalment sitting in your TBR pile long enough to forget why you bought it in the first place. In which case, you need to dust it off and consume that bleep yesterday! I finished the first book and went straight to the store for the second. It was a nail biting wait for the final instalment, but YOU are the lucky one – with all three novels available now, you might as well order them all and get all the feels out in one go. It’ll be kind of like getting hit by a truck but in the best possible way…
If you have a favourite character in the series, I envy you! At the beginning of Illuminae I thought I had one, but he was ripped from me in the most heart-wrenching way. And then you get to Gemina, a whole new cast of characters and set of trust issues, thanks Jay and Amie! Picking just one of these witty, clever, ordinary and extraordinary characters is a feat I am certainly not capable of.
The reason I have chosen this series, rather than the easier option of just an individual novel, to be my first review is because these books contain all the qualities I aspire for my own novels. Characters who despite every setback never give in, those you don’t know whether to love or hate, stakes that will shock every reader to the core, and a wickedly dark aesthetic rippled with the glitter of romance and humour.
Five out of five lollipops for this roller-coaster of a deep space ride.