Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
First published October 20th, 2015
Genres: YA, Sci-fi, Romance
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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.
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.
I’ve been avoiding reading this book for such a long time! It’s just a very different book, that either you are able to get into it or you are not. But most people seem to love it so I needed to give it a chance…
I decided to hear and read at the same time since everyone seemed to say it’s an amazing experience… Well, it was actually pretty good! Slower than reading obviously, but the effects really add something to it! I never thought I would actually enjoy yet another sci-fi but I actually did. This is a really interesting and unexpected romantic space opera told in the most unique of ways!
It’s fully told in a multimedia format, with interviews, emails, radio transmissions, diary entries, images, free verse (can I call it that even tho it isn’t poetry? Not sure… Anyway, some artistic type of writing that forms drawings) and more.
The story itself is set in 2575 when a planet gets invaded by two rival megacorporations. They try to kill everyone but some are successfully evacuated and are now running for their lives aboard spaceships. But as if running for their lives wasn’t enough, a deadly plague appeared and is mutating people into… Well, something. In the middle of all that, we have Kady and Ezra, our MCs who were put in different spaceships and are now trying to come together.
I’m going to be sincere and say that I didn’t care so much about the romance as I cared for the rest. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED all the artificial intelligence and science evolution this book contained, as well as Kady’s skills. Those were the highlight of everything for me!
The book was balanced between information (as in even “Wikipedia type” of files) and a lot of action and destruction. It was extremely gripping and exciting – which also might have something to do with the format of the book, it just made everything more vivid and interesting.
Some parts really annoyed me, especially when it comes to the main characters, I just wasn’t a big fan of their personalities, neither was I entranced by their love story. I much preferred seeing them separated and seeing their friendships, it was a lot more interesting, to be honest. I loved reading about Kady’s work and everything she was learning and doing, and I really think she is an incredible and head-strong person. She was stubborn, arrogant and difficult to deal with, but I guess that’s what made me like her.
As for their relationship, when I finally was getting more into it, everything went downward for me… I guess I just wanted their relationship to be more intense. Some might say it was, but for me, it was just not enough in that part. I didn’t really feel it, you know what I mean?
This was an incredibly unique book that really made me appreciate the science in it (which I rarely care for, not because I don’t like science, but because I don’t enjoy reading sci-fi books as much as… Anything else really). I’m actually really happy I finally got to read this book because it is worth it, if not for anything else, for the format… It’s just too interesting to pass! It was quite a fun and exhilarating read and I would recommend it if you are a fan of romance or sci-fi, or better, both together.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!