Hey everyone!! So I am back. This would be a different post compared to what I usually do since this is not a review, but some reasons why Illuminae must be picked up by you next OR I WILL STAB YOU. Also we have some fun things and a tutorial after the reasons thing so WE SHALL BEGIN. (FYI here is my Goodreads review. Also come become my friend.)
I read Illuminae in one day, and holy fuck it is so worth the hype. I was sceptical getting into it but it WAS SO SO SO WORTH IT. The only problem I had was with the heavy sci-fi language and I was confused at times, BUT WHATEVER. I love this book so much.
1.) IT IS FAST PACED- It just takes like 50 pages to get into, starts with a bang and is a freaking rollercoaster. It is indeed 600 pages long but you will finish it in no time 🙂
2.) PERFECT TO KILL THE SLUMP- If you are in a bookish slump, then definitely try it out. I was in a huge slump myself but this book cured that. (update- I read two books after my slump was killed but now I am again in one. I HATE SLUMPS SO SO MUCH.)People advise you to read a contemporary but I suggest you to read this book. Thank me later, okay??
3.) UNIQUE FORMAT- It has files from CCTV footages, text IMs, emails, interviews, all sorts of graphical stuff which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED. The thing is that this makes it really different from other books. IT IS JUST SO FREAKING UNIQUE. Also, there is binary code from Aidan’s data that translates INTO ACTUAL MESSAGES. LIKE WHO EVEN THINKS THAT?? (I got to know this from ThoughtsOnTomes’s spoilery review.)
4.) JOKES EVERYWHERE- I personally love humorous and funny books more than anything, so I was sooo happy with all the jokes! The chats between James and Ezra were my favourites.
5.) A REALISTIC ROMANCE- You know what I hate in fantasy and sci-fi? there is a huge problem (kinda) going on, but all the characters are interested in romance and just keep thinking about the LOVE INTEREST. Sorry, but this bugs me. For Kady and Ezra, they are all what they have for each other! Also, since they were in a relationship in the past, it avoids the falling in love trope.
6.) PSYCHOPATH AI AKA AIDAN- How do you develop an AI’s character? Believe me or not, it is done in this book. Really, I do not have much to say. I love everything about AIDAN, from when he calls humans ‘meat’ to when he converses with Kady.
7.) THOSE PLOT TWISTS- My mouth is currently sealed since NO SPOILERS. Also, the only plot twists that can match this book are from Lady Midnight. If you tell me you predicted either this book’s or the other one’s plot twists, then you are 100% lying.
8.) AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER- I laughed. I laughed some more. I full on ugly cried at least three times in the whole book. And I do not cry in books. Something utterly devastating needs to happen for me to cry in a book. Plus, brace yourself for some character deaths you would not be able to predict. I am not really spoiling you since there are a ton of characters in this story.
SO THAT IS IT! Also, here are some quotes I designed on my iPad with using Piccollage.
NOW FOR THE TUTORIAL-
So I got this idea a few days back and did it for Illuminae. Since my memory is fantastic, I forgot to take pictures. Ahem. But I did take pictures for the Gemina one.
Today we are making the Gemina one!!
Acrylic Paints- You can choose any medium you like BUT REMEMBER THAT IT HAS TO BE PAINTS. Unless that, you won’t be able to make this.
Flat Paintbrushes+ Round ones too (Choose the size you can work with the best. Be sure to not take a huge one since it would be really tough then)
A steel bowl or a steel plate- NEVER EVER USE ACRYLIC PAINTS ON PLASTIC PALETTES, as they stick on it and never remove. So unless you want to ruin everything, use a plate and a bowl made of a bowl. (You can use gold if you like, if you are that rich. Kidding. DO NOT USE GOLD)
And lastly, a piece of thick paper.
1.) Firstly, draw a box or something of that sort which will act like a boundary.
2.) Now use your flat paintbrush as a stamp. What I am telling you is to dip it in the paint and then just press it onto the paper. Remember to use different colours (in this case, different shades of blue) since if you use only one colour, you won’t be able to get the desirable effect.
Then just fill the spaces with the different colours and do it in the method given.
Then the final thing is you write the text onto it using paints! Do not worry, if you aren’t good with paints, you can totally use a white marker pen instead!
this is done! This was how mine turned out. Feel free to experiment!!
Hope you understood something in this tutorial. I am not the best person for artistic stuff out there, but hey, I try.
So tell me- Have you read Illuminae? Did you like it? What do you think of my art skills and my graphic designing skills??