Saturday, October 17, 2015

Stuffed Animal Saturday: Illuminae - Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Stuffed Animal Saturday is a meme that we post here at We Live and Breathe Books to showcase the book we're currently reading with one of our favorite stuffed animals and discuss our stuffed animal's opinion (well, it's really our opinion, but that's besides the point). We hope you enjoy our quirky feature as much as we enjoy writing it!

This Saturday, we're reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!

So far: Illuminae is a book told through a dossier (that's on my list of favorite words just so y'all know) of letters, diagrams, files, emails, etc. and tells the story of an invaded planet, a plague, two teenagers, and some other weird things.

I generally have a specific taste for sci-fi type books so I'm a lil wary about them and dossier might be my favorite word but it isn't my favorite storytelling method, which isn't to say I dislike it. However, Illuminae, the little I've read of it, has proven to be interesting and I hope it continues to be.

Sneak peek: We aren't too far in, but here's an excerpt we really liked!

Two minutes out there is about all it takes to teach you how little you know about everything. You're a speck of animated carbon and water with about seven centimeters of ballistics-grade ceramic between you and absolutely nothing. Ninety-three billion light-years of  ****ing nothing. No up. No down. No sky. No ground. Just endless dark shot through with tiny spears of sunlight older than you and your entire species stacked end to end. You want to feel small? Spend sixty seconds in a Cyclones cockpit, chum. Look out at the nothing and feel it looking back. Then you know exactly how much you add up to.
We hope there's more existential space talk, because we're always suckers for that. Illuminae comes out October 20th, so if you're interested, only a few more days!


Are you and your stuffed animal reading anything interesting? 
Let us know in your own Stuffed Animal Saturday!

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