Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae
The Illuminae Files 1
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Pages: 608 pgs
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Release Date: October 20th 2015

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.

I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book a few months ago and couldn’t wait to start reading. Not only was it a brilliant read, but it left me anxiously awaiting the next installment. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are a brilliant team.

The fact that this isn’t told as your typical narrative, but as a dossier full of emails, IM’s, interviews, schematics, etc. only made me even more excited to read. I’d been a little unsure how I’d  like it, but from the very beginning I was pulled in and didn’t want to put it down.

First, Amie and Jay did a brilliant job of planning this entire story out. So many details had to be worked out and in place, and it showed seamlessly. Telling the story this way gave it a fresh perspective for me and allowed, at least for me, the reader to view the events as an observer. I also loved that each characters voice was distinctive and clear throughout.

The design of the book, including schematics and web pages, was top notch and beautiful.

And, the flow of the story, just right. Nothing dragged for me and I loved how things slowly began to be revealed. Things definitely got intense and sad at moments, but it only made the world they created even more exciting. It felt as though, at times, that I was experiencing it all like a movie.

Reaching the end was a sad moment for me, I checked a few times, hoping for more, but I think that speaks even more to what a great job these authors did. Waiting for book 2 will be a long wait, but I have no doubt will be worth it in the end.

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