ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

illuminaeTitle: Illuminae

Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Knopf

Synopsis: 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.

This book was a crazy roller coaster ride. The book, (while I have to admit was at first sight a bit daunting in its size) went by at a speed greater than that of light. I can’t say I read many books about space, but this one certainly falls at the top of my list. To tell the truth, space generally freaks me out. Fear of the unknown, the emptiness, and all that. And I have to admit, I suffered a slightly restless hour trying to fall asleep last night; but that in no way means I did not enjoy this book.

I really enjoyed Kady and Ezra’s relationship. I feel like it’s a tough feat for a writer to start the story with a relationship already formed: there’s a risk of lack of chemistry and background to the relationship. This, however, was not the case in Illuminae. When Kady and Ezra were IM-ing, we got frequent references to their past, how they met, etc, that helped their relationship feel alive in places where it could have fallen flat. The way they felt for each other felt real to me, and I really believed in both of them.

Also, let’s talk about the uniqueness in the way this book is formatted/written. At first glance, I was skeptical. I was worried I would feel detached from the characters, bored, etc. But that was sooooooo not the case. The conversations between the characters were nothing short of hilarious, and even if I wasn’t completely emotionally attached to all of the characters, I got a clear sense of their personalities. And when the computer started talking… oh man, I gotta admit that was creepy. And yet, it was super intriguing. Just the formatting from page to page was beautiful and genius, especially towards the middle/end. It really enhanced the story. My heart was beating fast right up until the end (which was pretty epic, I have to say), and I am suuuuuper excited to see where this series goes next.

Although it was awesome, is this my favorite book? No. But was it pretty ▆ing spectacular. I recommend this to any fans of Sci-Fi: go read it for one heck of a ride.

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars2000px-4-5_stars-svg


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