Brett Michael Orr


space opera

Review: Illuminae

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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Review: These Broken Stars

I’m not entirely sure how to start reviewing These Broken Stars. Every comparison I could make doesn’t do justice to how beautifully heartbreaking this book really is. On the surface, it’s a Romeo and Juliet inspired space-opera, but dig a little deeper, and you’ll find a shiver-inducing narrative about love, death, and the pride of man.

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