Book Review: S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

S.S. by J.J. Abrams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a clever idea. What J.J. Abrams accomplished for film with Cloverfield, he accomplishes in book form with S. This is much more than a book, it is an experience. It makes you a part of the story. The reader is essentially a character who has discovered this book full of annotations between two people.

The novel Ship of Thesus is interesting, but the real story is in the annotations. This is the story of Jen and Eric as they study this book together, and uncover its dangerous secrets. It is also the story of V.M Stracka and F.X. Caldeira. There is mystery, intrigue danger and romance.

I don’t think this is the kind of book that you can fully appreciate with just one reading. There is a lot to take in here. I suspect there is plenty to discover which I have not yet uncovered.

J.J Abrams is a lover of non-linear story-telling, and this book certainly makes use of this. The colour of the pen used in annotations makes it clear what point in time the conversations are taking place. The hand-writing makes it clear which character is writing. An alternative way to read this book would be to each all the early annotations, then go back and read the next level of annotations etc.

If you’re looking for something different that pulls you into its own world then you’ll love S.

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About Adam David Collings

Adam Collings is a writer of speculative fiction who works as a software engineer during the day. He lives in Tasmania, Australia with his wife and two children. Adam is currently working on a science fiction novel.
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