Book: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Date Published: October 20th, 2015
Date Started: April 2nd, 2016
Date Finished: April 18, 2016
Other Books Reviewed: These Broken Stars, This Shattered World
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 is the book that everyone has been talking about. This is the book everyone (including me) is and was dying to read. This is the book that you need to go and read. Like now. I’ll admit, I was hesitant to read this book. It’s not laid out like a traditional book, and that may or may not be your cup of tea. (I’ll get to that later) But once I let myself just enjoy the book, it was easy to fly through.
A Unique Read That You’ll Fly Through. The Space Kind Of Flying.
I you’ve cracked open the spine of this book, then you’ve seen the amazing design. Seriously, creativity knows no bounds within this book. You’ve got schematics for ships, black pages with stars and words intermixed, giving you a literary space, and so much more. This isn’t a book you just read from left to right. Sometimes it’ll have you rotating the book. Lots of fun and adventure, Kiddos!
Lost in Translation.
With that being said, I do feel like I didn’t immerse myself into the story as much as I would have liked. I don’t think it was the format of the book, but rather the fact that the story was broken up into bits and pieces since the book is a collection of files. On the other hand, it was super easy to fly through this book. Don’t let the number of pages intimidate you!
If you really love science fiction, then I definitely recommend this one. It’s set in space, has lots of action, and a building conspiracy. This plot line reminded me a lot of The Starbound trilogy, which makes sense since Amie Kaufman is one of the authors for that series.
Illuminae stars (hah, get it, stars. Space.) Ezra and Kady. What I liked about them was the fact that they were a couple who broke up. I’m so used to stories where two strangers meet and then fall for each other over the course of the story. Ezra’s humor had me laughing out loud multiple times, especially during a particular drunk scene. I loved Kady becasue she was flawed, smart, kickass, and her sass had me cheering her on. Seriously, I thrive on sarcasm and humor, so I automatically loved her.
A Story To Last The Test of Space and Time.
I really enjoyed this read. Especially the ending-it blew my mind! This is a truly unique read that I think lots of people will enjoy. The sequel, Gemina, comes out later this year and is available to preorder. I know I can’t wait to get my hands on it!