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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ILLUMINAE The Illuminae Files_01 By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff / Book Spotlight

For fans of Marie Lu and James Dashner comes the first book in an epic new series,

The Illuminae Files_01
By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Amie Kaufman, the award-winning co-author of the Starbound series, and Jay Kristoff, the award-winning author of the Lotus War series, have joined together to create an innovative and enthralling sci-fi thriller, ILLUMINAE (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale October 20, 2015). A heart-stopping, high-octane story about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes. The first book in a trilogy, ILLUMINAE is a game changer. 

Every month, around the 20th, we will reveal new content about ILLUMINAE as we get closer to the on sale date. This month fans can explore the ships in ILLUMINAE as Random House now have the ship schematics found in the book! In addition, Random House has released a third teaser video “Emergency on the Alexander-78V” that brings General Torrence’s memorandum (pages 19-21) to life with an awesome sound bed, internal ship imagery, and haunting special effects to the movie posters featured in the text. To view the new content, visit

Check out the site, and let fans know what you think by using hashtag #IlluminaeWe hope you enjoy the site and look forward for more revealing details on ILLUMINAE in August!

ILLUMINAE (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale October 20, 2015 | $18.99)


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But pursuit by battleship is the least of their worries. Their fleet’s artificial intelligence—which should be protecting them—may actually be an enemy. And a plague is slowly ravaging the fleet with terrifying consequences. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking in search of the truth, she realizes that there’s only one boy who can help her bring everything to light . . . and of course, it’s her ex-boyfriend, Ezra.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—ILLUMINAE is a ground-breaking, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that will draw teen and adult readers of James Dashner, Rick Yancey, and Veronica Roth yet stands on its own with Kaufman and Kristoff’s unique storytelling.

“…a stylistically mesmerizing tale, where story and art are interchangeable, and words act as pictures. The more experimental sections may require extra effort on readers’ parts, but the result is worth it.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

 “Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills, told with eccentric aplomb. ILLUMINAE is both the weirdest and most heartfelt thing you'll read this year. ” 
—Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Zeroes

“Absolutely brilliant. This is the sci-fi I've been waiting for!” —Beth Revis, bestselling author of Across The Universe on Amie Kaufman’s These Broken Stars


Ten Books that Celebrate Diversity \ Top Ten Tuesday #34

Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is 10 Books That Celebrate Diversity / Diverse Characters
My last Top Ten Tuesday post was, Ten Recently I Recently Acquired Books.  

Here is my list of 10 YA books that I've read, that first came to mind while  creating this list of books that celebrate diversity, and/or have some great diverse characters in them. 

There are a TON of fabulous YA books that celebrate diversity, with some pretty amazing diverse characters. I was so tempted to list them all in this post. There are of course many, many more books than the ones listed here. This post has made me realize that I've got some other great books with diverse characters, sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. I'm looking forward to reading those titles, and featuring them on my next list of diverse reads.

Find out more about Diverse Books via their website WeNeedDiverseBooks. *Image source.


Check out some of this week's YA releases!

Week of July 21st
Which books are you looking forward to reading?

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