Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Release Date: October 20th, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books
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.
Oh, Illuminae, what can I say about you?
I bought this with a hesitant swipe of my debit card, debating if it was really something I wanted to read. I honestly believed it would be a book that I’d hold for years before finally picking it up, I thought I would start it twenty times before finally making it all the way through – a sad tale for a few of my books. But I picked it two days ago and now it sits on my finished stack beneath a One Direction calendar my boyfriend resents me for buying (long story).
The story starts with a breakup between Kady and Ezra, that’s the only typically teenage thing to happen. Then, their colony is invaded and destroyed and they seek shelter on different ships to escape to a station for safety with one remaining invading ship on their tales. During the trip, one ship is contaminated with a disease and the artificial intelligence of the second ship (should I mention there are three ships? There are three ships) essentially tricks the second ship to take it out but not before they take in a few runners but leave them in quarantine, because what can go wrong with that, yeah?
Ezra has become a soldier, his reluctant way of pulling his own weight, and Kady just hacks through what she can because they don’t really think she’ll listen to authority – which, entirely true but I wouldn’t listen to them either if I were her.
So, my only issue was the style in which this book is written. It’s pretty awesome, I love reading things in new ways, but it took me a while to get used to. There were a few points that I misinterpreted until they were mentioned again. I believed they went one way and was wrong.
It was also a tad bit slow for me in the beginning but soon picked up and I was turning pages quickly, eager for me.
Illuminae is a wild ride – I’m not sure if that’s a literal thing. Doubtful since I’m not actually riding, the characters are – and I see why it’s popular. It sucks you in after a while, giving you this thirst that needs quenching.
I immediately bought Gemina and will be reading that soon.