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Destroy Your Misconceptions of YA Novels: Illuminae

27 May


Illuminae is a rather unusual book, especially for YA. On the surface, with its bright orange cover and lettering, you might think you’re picking up a book with your typical YA story tropes and cliche characters that give it that reputation YA is known for. A glimpse at the summary might spark your interest, but even still, you might be going in thinking you’ll get something slightly edgy at best.

You would be wrong.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is one of the those books that will take all of the misconceptions you have about YA and destroy them.

Our protagonists, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason only just broke up when their home planet, Kerenza IV, was attacked. The pair are then boarded onto two different rescue ships and a series of terrifying and chaotic events begin to unfold while they try to escape the enemy ship hunting them down.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. The intensity of the plot and blend of scifi-horror elements really make this book shine. The writing is flawless and the character work in this is something to behold. As the first of a trilogy, Illuminae makes a spectacular entrance.  You can read a previous review of the novel here.

Enjoy writing?  Check out this Friday’s Writing Prompt for Fresh YA Fiction!

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant


Flawlessly Written Dark Fantasy: Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight

6 May

If there is anything one should take note of, it is that Nevernight is not YA. That is not insult YA by any means, but this is a simple fact that needs to be stated. Many are of the belief that this book in intended for a YA audience, however, upon reading the first chapter, one quickly learns that is not the case.

Enter our protagonist, Mia Corvere, a girl out for revenge against the man who murdered her family. She must find the Red Church and pass each each trial if she wishes to achieve this goal.

Kristoff’s writing for this is flawless, everything from the narration down to the footnotes pulls you into the story’s grip and refuses to let go. It’s an excellent introduction to the trilogy and builds the perfect amount of hype for the next two books to follow. If you’re seeking a dark fantasy with memorable characters, vicious fight scenes, and a great revenge plot, then Nevernight is the book for you.

Looking for YA works written by Kristoff? You can read a previous blog post about another of Kristoff’s books, Illuminae, part of a YA series co-written with Amie Kaufman.

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

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