Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Genres: Science Fiction
Buy on Amazon
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.
At this point I feel like I don’t even need to write a review for this book. So many other bloggers have read it and reviewed it and I’m pretty sure they have all said everything that I am going to say in this review. Oh well, you’ll get my review anyway.
Illuminae was one of the most buzzed about books at BEA this year and after reading it, I know why. I’ve never been a fan of science fiction books and I didn’t think it would be any different with Illuminae. Boy was I wrong. I adored everything about this book, from start to finish. If I had the time to reread it right now, I would. If you’re like me and a bit skeptical, I understand. Ignore your misgivings and read it anyway!
The format of Illuminae makes for a quick, easy read. Although I have to admit, the blacking out of swear words didn’t really do anything except make me curious. I kept trying to figure out what words would fit in the sentences. I’m weird like that. Other than that, the story is told through interviews, chats, schematics, journals, and other odd styles. I loved everything about that! I admit there were some parts that confused me a bit and I had to reread sections to make sense of everything but I think that had a lot to do with the fact that I was powering through the book. I just wanted to keep reading and I probably read a little too fast. I guess that just means I’ll need to reread the book to see if I missed anything.
I was a little worried that because of the style of writing, I wouldn’t be able to connect to the characters. That was not the case at all. Kady and Ezra were really easy to like and I truly loved their relationship. They definitely had their issues but they were so good together. Even their arguments were cute. There was actually very little physical interaction between the two but that didn’t bother me. I’m all for romance and sexy times in my books but the build up in Illuminae might have been even better than actual sexy times between the two. Together, the two were awesome. Separate, they were also awesome. They were strong and smart and funny. I went through the spectrum of emotions while reading their stories. I laughed, I squealed, and I definitely cried. Boy did I cry. Just goes to show that an amazing story can be told in many different ways.
The story itself is pulse pounding and full of surprises. I really didn’t know what to expect with this story and I think that was a good thing. I had no expectations for Illuminae but even if I had, it would have exceeded them. The story is so unique and Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman did an amazing job with it. And while things tie up pretty nicely at the end, there is clearly more to come. I look forward to seeing what these two have in store for readers next. I’m not sure anything can top Illuminae but I hope the rest of the series does.
Overall, Illuminae deserves every bit of praise it has received so far and I hope that it becomes a huge hit when it hits shelves soon. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are two authors that are new to me but I’m definitely going to seek out more of their work now. Add this to your TBR, if you haven’t already. You won’t regret it.
What others are saying about Illuminae:
Cuddlebuggery’s review: “This is fresh and spectacular and clever.”
Book Blog Bake’s review: “There’s so much to love about it, I don’t know where to start.”
Good Books and Good Wine’s review: “For real, this book took me on quite the journey and I do not know about you all, but when I come back from a particularly great trip, I have this disoriented feeling as I try to get back to business as usual.”