Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Also by this author: Aurora Rising, Nevernight
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Publisher ARC
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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. - via GoodReads
I picked up a copy of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff at ALA Mid-Winter 2015. These ARCs were black and red and stated the title neatly across the cover. Truly it wouldn’t have caught my eye but it did catch my husband’s. He isn’t a big reader so I instantly wanted to know what it was about. I could tell right away that it would at the very least be an interesting read.
I’m not much of a science fiction fan so I was hesitant when I picked Illuminae up. This book had also received some heavy hype. This is a case where I shouldn’t have worried about either. It took me some time to really understand the book. There are different types of medium used to tell the story of Illuminae. There are different types of reports (some with redacted information), art generated using computers, different imagery, I could keep going but I think you get the idea.
Illuminae revolves around Kady. She is a kick ass protagonist and I loved rooting for her. Kady takes no shit from anyone but she has a strong moral code. She was a refreshing main character!
I can’t begin to tell you how beautiful and unique Illuminae is. Despite the hype, I wasn’t expecting much. I was blown away. It is a unique way to tell a story but even more than that the story is moving and left me wanting to quickly find out what happens next! I would suggest reading a physical copy of Illuminae despite being a hard core ereader girl.