Illuminae Review

October 21, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★★★

Illuminae ReviewIlluminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
Pages: 608
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2), Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)
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five-stars
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 read this book a few months back, and it’s one of those stories that you just KNOW will become wildly popular. It’s also one of those rare books that I read a digital copy of, and instantly wanted a physical copy. This book is different from anything I’ve ever read. The narration is told through emails, reports, instant messaging, data logs, and more. Although we technically never see things through their personal perspectives, that doesn’t even matter. Everything about the story still manages to work in the best way. Illuminae will definitely be sticking with me for a long time and I absolutely can’t wait for the next book to come out.

Our main characters are Kady and Ezra and you’ll wind up pretty much instantly loving them both. My favorite part was the IM’s that go on between the two of them. Things are obviously tense considering the fact that Kady broke up with him and then right after both their worlds were turned upside down. However, I loved the easy banter that we saw between them through these instant messages. It was more than enough to feel connected to both of these incredible characters. Kady was a certified badass, which we learn as the book gets more and more intense with each page.

This book is certainly not lacking action, and you’ll never be bored while reading it. It’s important to read this book closely, or else you’ll miss something. There were quite a few pages where I had to go back and reread because I wasn’t totally sure of what was completely going on. In the end, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. There’s just something about how unique and wonderful everything about this story that sticks with readers. There aren’t many negative things that I have heard about this story and for good reason. I definitely recommend reading this if you love YA action stories.

five-stars
Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Overall: five-stars

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