This story is very reminiscent of The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman, and yet it has its’ own unique take, which is what drew me into this story. It is made up of interviews, lead by Mr. Mysterious, whose name we never learn throughout the story.
There were quite a few twists in this story that I didn’t see coming, which livened up the story at points where it threatened to drag.
What is great about this book is that it is perfect for all sorts of people: those who like sci-fi, those who don’t like sic-fi, and those in between. It’s got some sciencey stuff (can you tell I’m into sic-fi), but it’s not overly done, something I attribute to the fact that it reads like a bunch of interviews put into a book. Now that might sound boring—why would I want to read a bunch of interviews?, you might ask—but the way Sylvain Neuvel writes this book draws you in. It’s also got a political thriller element to it, and it’s just subtle enough that if those aren’t your type of books, this won’t bother you.
Overall, this was a fun, different read, one I’m glad to have picked up!
My Rating: 4/5 stars