A Song to Take the World Apart

“No one remembers when it was that our ancestors first found their way out of the sea. It seems now that all human life might have begun there, and that makes sense to me: that the womb of the world is water and salt. But I am speaking more specifically about a kind of ancestor that not everyone on this earth shares. And of course that makes sense to me too. How could a world so vast produce only one kind of human being?”

Title: A Song to Take the World Apart

Author: Zan Romanoff

Series: Standalone

Publication: September 13th 2016 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 320

Source: Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Hanging out with Chris was supposed to make Lorelei’s life normal. He’s cooler, he’s older, and he’s in a band, which means he can teach her about the music that was forbidden in her house growing up. Her grandmother told her when she was little that she was never allowed to sing, but listening to someone else do it is probably harmless— right?

The more she listens, though, the more keenly she can feel her own voice locked up
in her throat, and how she longs to use it. And as she starts exploring the power her grandmother never wanted her to discover, influencing Chris and everyone around her, the foundations of Lorelei’s life start to crumble. There’s a reason the women in her family never want to talk about what their voices can do.

And a reason Lorelei can’t seem to stop herself from singing anyway.


My Thoughts:

Reading A Song to Take the World Apart boiled down into three main categories of feels.

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A Song to Take the World Apart was a lyrical, magical adventure. What you think you know is not necessarily the truth. The highlight of this novel, though, despite my love of the language and the mythology, was that the plot was deeply rooted in family. Yea, there is a huge plot point dealing with crushing on a dude and whatnot, but, to me, that wasn’t the big hoorah. It wasn’t just familial relationships that took the center stage, all of the relationships between characters were equally fleshed out and explored. It was a welcome change.

Pretty much my reactions throughout:

Filled with vivid characters, magical language, and a plot that will yank you right out of reality, A Song to Take the World Apart is an enchanting tale about the ramifications and the beauty of temptation.


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Illuminae

“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.”

Title: Illuminae

Author: Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files # 1

Publication: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages:608

Source: Publisher at ALA

Summary from Goodreads:

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 an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

My Thoughts:

God… I just finished the book right before I sat down to do this. I have no idea what to say. I think I’m in shock. This book, this book guys. I have never read anything like that before in my life, and I have to say, it has completely changed me.
I had no idea what this book was about when I started it – and I purposefully kept it that way. I didn’t read any reviews, look at anyone’s comments, nothing. All I knew was that this book was not told in prose, and that it was supposed to be absolutely, mind-blowingly amazing. Was it? You are currently asking me. All I can say is this: yes, yes it fucking was.
This is going to be a short and sweet review for one simple reason: Illuminae is the kind of book that is worth diving into head first blind. I can’t talk about this book and why I loved it without giving it all away. You are not supposed to know anything, and trust me, you don’t know what the hell is going on until the damn thing wants you to. I can’t make you read this, I can’t even make you go out and buy it. All I can do is lead a horse to the water, I can’t make it drink. But, dammit, all I want to do right now is shove that water down your throats!
This book is pure genius. It is unique. It is gut-wrenching, heart-pounding, and it will make you go insane.
Although this book is told through the perspective of a bystander, it is done in the most amazing way. We are given a series of translated interviews, surveillance footage, in depth reports, personal messages, official announcements, and all sorts of other unmentionable goodies. Each and every part plays a key role in the story and how it is told, every last detail is important – from the dates and percentages all the way to the smallest words. As a reader, I was able to effortlessly immerse myself in the story and I was utterly consumed by what was going on. From the very first page, I was in love with the characters. Though we never truly get to see interactions the way we would in a normal book, the level of personality that shines through these characters is absolutely astounding. This book shattered my expectations and exceeded them.
This. Book. Is. Brilliant.
Illuminae is a visual and emotional masterpiece. It mixes engaging characters with an extremely unique format and an explosive story line that will leave you clinging to the edge of your seats. This book will make your heart race, will make you cry, and will make you want to sacrifice your first born child for a chance to get the second one early. Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have created a flawless narrative that will captivate you completely. This book is going to be one hell of a phenomenon.

Go buy this book immediately!!

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Teaser Tuesday # 4

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

This weeks Teaser Tuesday is for Illuminae by  Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!

“Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.”

“I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short.”

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