Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by: Knopf BYR on October 20, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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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.
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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also in this series: Gemina
Also by this author: This Shattered World, Gemina
One Line: I loved every minute of it!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
It might throw some people off the way this story is told, through online conversations, emails, and private files, but I think this was exactly the kind of read I needed at the moment. It was enough to get the story across without it being overkill. The changes from IMs to emails to status reports, etc kept things fresh and kept me engaged in the story. Given the fact that I wasn’t in the mood for reading a long book, I liked the way it all was presented to me. As for the story itself, I’ll admit, I was a bit confused at first. There’s a lot going on, a lot of names and lingo you have to get used to. But, once you get the hang of the setting and its characters, thing just flowed together so well. I was hooked!
Kady and Ezra were pretty interesting characters. At times they were quite comical and I liked being in their heads and hearing what they had to say. Kady is pretty snarky and Ezra is a bit of a cheeseball, but in a cute way. I liked how even though they have a rocky relationship, you can tell the feelings are there and how the authors play it up is pretty sweet. There’s also a slew of secondary characters that kept things going outside of the romance. And, let’s not forget the twisty and crazy things going on in this intergalactic world of theirs. Things get intense pretty quickly and it’s hard to turn away from the book.
Don’t let the fact that it’s over 600 pages scare you. I read this book fairly quickly, and that’s with the remnants of reading slump lingering about. Also, despite this book being over-hyped, it might just be warranted in this case. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, especially given the hype. Those things always lead to high expectations, which lead to disappointment the majority of the time. Luckily, that wasn’t the case here. I say, go in knowing that you’re going to get a different kind of read. It’s pretty fast-paced and entertaining. Even if you’re not really into science fiction, the characters and their conversations between each other are enough to keep you flipping the pages, they’re so entertaining.
I have high hopes for the rest of the series and I hope the authors keep up the momentum.