The Illuminae Files is cracked and bloody outer space adventure, the story of six unlikely teen heroes battling for survival following the massacre of an unlicensed mining colony by ruthless soldiers under the employ of a soulless corporation. Told in the form of security footage writeups, chat logs, emails, and more, the trilogy explored courage (and cowardice) under fire, moral shades of gray, and the spiraling madness—and burgeoning selfhood—of an AI named AIDAN. The series ends today with Obsidio. For those already worried about what to read after they’ve inhaled it, authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have some suggestions.
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As we prepare to wrap up the Illuminae Files with Obsidio, we’re hearing from plenty of readers looking for something to fill the cold, lonely void where their hearts used to be before we ripped them out and stomped on them! Ha!
*pause as the authors lift fingers to earpieces*
We’re, uh, we’re getting reports that it’s not nice to sound gleeful about inflicting pain on readers, but we remain unconvinced. Still, because we’re feeling merciful, we thought we’d hit you with a few recommendations that might help. Of course we’ve got our own offerings—Amie just released Unearthed, with Meagan Spooner, which is best described as Indiana Jones teams up with Lara Croft in space. Jay has LIFEL1K3 coming in May, of which we say this: it’s Romeo and Juliet meets Blade Runner, while Mad Max: Fury Road plays a guitar solo in the background.
Here are some other books that’ll help scratch the itch the Illuminae Files left behind.
If you loved AIDAN…then you want Willful Machines, by Tim Floreen, a book that asks what it would take for artificial intelligence to cross the line into sentience. It also features the closeted son of a conservative U.S. president who has a crush on the Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. This one asks big questions that will linger with you long after you’re done.
If terrifying diseases like Phobos are your jam…you’re looking for This Mortal Coil, by Emily Suvada, a story set a couple of years after an epidemic has changed life as we know it. It’s full of heart-pounding action and supersmart genetic tech, and should come with a warning that you might skip social engagements to finish it. You absolutely don’t want to miss this.
If you dream of going to space…you need to try Dare Mighty Things, by Heather Kaczynski, in which seventeen-year-old Cassandra Gupta is offered the chance of a lifetime: to head to NASA and compete for a place on a top-secret mission that requires a young team member. If you’ve ever dreamed of being an astronaut, but (like us) you know that books are as close as you’re likely to get, you’ll drink up every detail.
If you’re wondering what it means to be human…then head straight for Your One & Only, by Adrianne Finlay. This beautifully written story is set centuries after humans have died out in a plague, leaving behind a community of clones in which everyone’s perfect, and everyone’s one of nine different models. Except for Jack. He is the only version of himself. This book raises questions about individuality and what makes us who we are, continuing the conversation that runs through books like The Giver.
And now we have to get back to work on the first book of our next series together, because we’re not done yet! We can’t wait to share more details soon!
Obsidio is awesome, and it’s out today!