Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files
Published by: Knopf
Genre: YA/Science Fiction
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.
What can I say. This book is nothing like I have ever read before. Its far from ordinary. For me this was certainly a new reading experience. To start with the genre is sci-fi, which is a theme I don’t normally go for. The hype that was built up about this book though, drew my attention in and I had to go grab a copy. The main thing about this book that’s like no other is the style and format. Its not your typical narration at all. Its written in a series of case files from a variety of characters in the book. The book is on the large side but as soon as you open up the book you are immediately immersed in the world of Kady and Ezra (the books two main characters). This is not a book you just sit down to read. It is a book that draws you in and allows you to use all your senses, giving the illusion that you are actually standing right there witnessing everything happen around you.
The plot follows out two main characters Kady and Ezra. Their planet is attacked which leads to the both of them fleeing aboard three rescue ships, Alexander, Hypatia ad Corpernicus. These ships are controlled by an onboard computer system known as Aiden or AI. These ships end up being persued by the corporation that destroyed Kadys home planet of Kerenza. Aiden ends up going a little bit crazy (I dont want to say too much to avoid any spoilers). Kady and Ezra don’t make it onto the same ship and so have to communicate via the online system. Kady is very strong willed and is an amazing hacker. She doesn’t just sit back and enjoy the ride, she is determined to find out what happened to her planet….even if it means risking life or death. Ezra her ex boyfriend is perhaps not as fiery as Kady but still has his own charm and determination in helping Kady. Without these two I don’t think the plot would have worked as well. As a reader you really become involved with them both and fully support them throughout the novel.
The structure of the novel works really well in allowing us to get to know a whole host of other characters. This works well as you get a really sense of the ships being full of evacuees along with all the normal staff that are working hard to try and save themselves from the fast approaching destroyer ship.
To conclude this is a book you will not want to put down. I managed to completed it in a few days. The style takes some getting used to but once you become accustomed to it you’ll really enjoy it. As a reader of this, I became fully engrossed in the story of Kady and Ezra. I was constantly willing for them to succeed. This book has definitely converted me to the genre of sci-fi and I will certainly be reading the next book. I’m also looking forward to the fact that there is a third book on the way too later this year. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. I think a wide range of people would enjoy Illuminae.
I’m giving it 5 bookworms out of 5.