Book Review

Illuminae

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.

Illuminae is a fun, fly by the seat of your pants, thrilling roller coaster of a read! It is a clever, scary, thrilling, heart pumping/adrenaline rush giving, romantic, adventurous, futuristic space opera, fist-pumping female-empowerment dystopian! If you’re reading this and you think to yourself, “Wow! That sounds amazing!” then you are correct – it IS amazing! Read this book!

In addition it just being a great story overall, the style in which it is delivered is also amazing. The book opens with a letter sent from an anonymous organization called Illuminae and it is addressed to a megacorporation; the letter introduces a dossier covering the events that took place in the last year. From there, the book unfolds in a series of chat transcripts, interviews, audio/video footage descriptions, blueprints, computer logs, and more. The plot of the story, combined with the epistolary format, guarantees that you will be sucked into the story, turning the pages as quickly as you can and staying up late, well past your bedtime, just to find out what happens next.

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Mix some Battlestar Galactica with a sprinkling of The Walking Dead and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and you’d get this very flavorful if incredibly intense space thriller. Expect to be a bit confused at times, but don’t worry — Kaufman and Kristoff sort everything out, and your mind just might be proverbially blown in the process. The first in a trilogy, Illuminae is difficult to put down.

Read this book! You will love it – I guarantee it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Title: Illuminae

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 20, 2015)

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Young Adult, Space Opera, Survival Stories, Romance

Read… on the bus as part of my daily commute while… pretending I was on Gaia instead of a smelly bus.

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Amie KaufmanAuthor: Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

Jay KristoffAuthor: Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE LOTUS WAR. He is the winner of four Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over thirty countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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