illuminae by amie kaufman
★ pages: 608
★ genre: young adult, science fiction
★ release date: october 20th, 2015
★ rating: 5/5
sequel: gemina (release date: october 18th, 2016)
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.
So interesting! It’s a space opera, mixed with chemical warfare, and terrifying technological advancements. I absolutely love it, it’s nothing like I’ve ever read before.
Kady and Ezra were so cute. I loved their relationship, and how they continued to latch onto each other, even with the miles of space in between them. And all the effort they put in to stay alive for each other made my heart melt (plus Ezra’s cute rose. aww).
And Kady and Ezra separately still kicked butt. Kady was hacking a high class ship, undetected and untraceable, just working as hard as she could to stay alive, and learning all the information she could to stay that way. Ezra was recruited to fly, destroying enemy ships and (i bet) looking fly as heck when he was doing such.
writing style: 5/5
The book was written a couple of different types of logs, which by far was the most interesting style of literature I’ve ever encountered. Each chapter either came in the form of a Hypatia Log, an Alexander Log, a Copernicus Log, a conversation involving Kady, Ezra, or a commanding officer, surveillance reviews and AIDAN’s reports (at least I think that’s it).
This is one of the best books I have ever read. 100% amazing, and I really recommend this to everyone. Illuminae made me feel things I never thought a book could, my chest was tight, or I couldn’t breathe, or I was jumping with joy. For real.