Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


My Rating ~ Five stars


Date published: 20 October 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books

Format: Hardcover



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.

BRIEFING NOTE: 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.



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WHY DIDN’T ANYONE MAKE ME READ THIS BOOK SOONER?? *shakes fist at sky*. Probably because I continuously say I don’t read sci-fi. But I didn’t know how amazing this was going to be!
It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The format of the book, with pictures, emails,  reports and text shaping (that’s probably not the word for it, but if you’ve read it, you know what I mean. And if you haven’t read it…read it now!) was just so different and incredible! Instead of a linear story telling by the main character, all of our information in the story comes from message exchanges between the main characters, Kady and Ezra, together with other passengers onboard the ship, communication reports with a ship’s AI, camera technician reports of CCTV viewings and interviews. It gives a real feel of being on a jury, hearing a case being revealed piece by piece.

Although it’s quite a big book, the format makes it a shorter read than expected. THANK GOODNESS, because I’m pretty sure I was holding my breath for 80% of the book. It was like The Shining and Event Horizon got together and made a love story. EPIC.

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