Illuminae, by Australian authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, is not a novel.

A novel, in its usual form, is a collection of pages with words on them, where evocative language is used to visualize a world. Illuminae is not a graphic novel, despite its visual and stylistic elements, because the story is not drawn to life with pictures. Instead, the first entrance in The Illuminae Files series is an immersive reading experience that combines elements of novels, screenplays, typographical art, and illuminated books to deliver a truly unique and memorable narrative.

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