Review: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Summary:

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.

Review:

One of the best and most unique book I’ve read this year! Amazing story, amazing characters, unique writing. A must read in its physical format, though.

“I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short.”

This book is told through a series of different files, chat, documents, video tapes, and really anything. Every page has a different design, based on the kind of file, and that alone makes this book so fascinating, it’s quite impossible to stop reading. At first it can be unsettling, but it’s so well done that you’ll soon get the hang of it. Couple that with a story that’s intriguing and mysterious and you’ll get one awesome book.

Interviewer: So. Tell me about your mother.
Ezra: You’re taping this, right?
Interviewer: Audio only. Camera is faulty.
Ezra: Okay, well for the benefit of the sight-impaired, I am now raising my… oh, dear… yes, it’s my MIDDLE finger at Mr. Postgrad here.
Interviewer: Mr. Mason…
Ezra: Now I’m wiggling it.
Interviewer: Terminating interview at 13:58 on 03/19/75.
Ezra: Look at it wiggl-
-audio ends-”

We have our main characters Kady and Ezra, although we mainly follow what happens through Kady’s eyes. They’d been in a relationship for a year but for reasons we don’t know yet they split up that morning, but well then their planet was being attacked and they found themselves collaborating to get the hell out of there. They then got into two different ship, though, so they’re not together for most of the book.

He presses his triggers.
And like roses in his hands death blooms.

Kady is a great female lead, she’s a hacker, and that’s how she gets to find out what is really going on, and so ends up trying to save the people she loves. She’s funny, witty, proud, and really, really brave. Erza is basically the love of my life. We only get glipses of him, mainly through chat; but it’s enough to understand him and fall in love with him. They’re especially cute together, even at first when they’re carrying on the fight that got them to breaking up. That was so funny, and so was the whole romance, although, it’s definitely not the focus of the book, there’s really not much of it at all.

Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.

The people who got away from the attack were divided in three ships, all on the run from the megacorporations that tried to get their planet, but after a while one of these ship gets blown up. There’s a lot that’s kept hidden about what really happend, and that’s when it comes into the picture an artificial intelligence, that leads the ship on which is Ezra. It seems that this AI, called AIDAN, went crazy, and that’s what Kady is trying to figure out, because her ship might be the next one.

All he cares about here on the edge of forever, is her. He does not want to die. Not because he is afraid. Simply because he cannot bear the thought of leaving her behind.

There’s a lot that’s not explained till the very end, I read the last few chapter with my mouth hanging open, and there’s a lot that’s not explained even then. So the second book is among my most aticipated books of 2016, I simply can’t wait!

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