Illuminae: The Illuminae Files, Book 1

Book review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Pulse-quickening space thriller is fantastic but intense.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 14+

Loved it, but does contain some mature themes

I read this book after my daughter (almost 12) read it in record time and immediately asked for book two. It’s a fast paced and thought provoking sci-fi told from a collection of documents, email conversations, security footage reports and the mad ramblings of an AI system who controls one of the space ships. If I had known exactly what was in the book I probably would have waited a couple more years before buying it for my daughter (she picked it herself off the shelf at Kmart). So for other parents of younger readers it contains the following: - lots of sexual innuendos and lewd comments in the form of email chats (which may well go over the heads of younger readers) - extreme violence, although it’s not particularly descriptive or graphic - nuclear warfare, including thousands of innocent people being blown up - the use of a bio weapon (a man made virus) which turns people into murdering psychopaths That said, I enjoyed reading it myself and agreed to buy book two for my daughter because she really loved it. The lead characters are strong and likeable and the story poses some interesting questions about what life might be like with the development of AI
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age 12+

The best book ever

i read this book a year ago and it is still by far the best book i've ever read. if you're thinking of reading it, read it. I think if you don't read this book once in your life there is no point living. Kady and Ezra have great stories and it all makes sense in the end.

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