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.
Illuminae is a book I had heard nothing but fantastic things about for the last 8 months since its release last year, and me being the type to prolong the inevitable took forever to finally pick it up and read it. When I finally did pick it up I did so at the worse possible time ever – a week after finishing Lady Midnight (aka the cause of a book hangover of epic proportions) – basically it took me at least half the book before I really got into the story and started to glimpse the awesomeness everybody so fervently talked about. Due to the book hangover I was in during my read I think my judgement was a little impaired and I probably would have rated this 5 stars if I wasn’t trying to get through a book hangover.
This is honestly one of the most interestingly formatted books I have ever read, and while I know it may look daunting or even a little complicated (I thought so too) it is so easy to read through. I’m not normally a fan of reading instant chat messages in books but it just worked so well for Illuminae and I found myself turning the page time after time. One of my favourite pages were the ship schematics included, but what I loved reading the most were the pages where AIDAN was communicating. He was such a captivating character despite being an AI (artificial intelligence) and was reminded quite a lot of David from the movie Prometheus in some ways.
I have to say that Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff outdid themselves with the brain child that became Illuminae as it is so incredibly formatted and well written. The plot was so detailed and at times I felt like I was on the ship experiencing things for myself. There was one moment where I got a little jumpy (spoilers, can’t say which part sorry!) and that’s the mark of a good book, when you get so engrossed that even sitting on your bed at night makes you paranoid of what may be lurking in the dark.
PS: Amie and Jay.. can I have Gemina early please? *polishes halo*