Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But the warship could be the least of their problems. 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 biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
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.
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date: October 20th 2015
This book was my first experience of reading a modern sci-fi novel which was set in space. This book gets straight into the story which appeals to me as I’m not a big fan of slow burn books that much. It is also a fairly quick moving book keeping the reader’s interest at a premium.
I eventually decided to read this book due to many booktubers that I follow having read it and saying good things about it so I wanted to know what all the hype was about. I was really pleased that I picked up this book and I was excited to continue the series. I had great difficulty putting this book down.
These authors were new to me although I had heard of Jay Kristoff before regarding his other books but I’ve never read them so, for this book I was pleased with the result.
The format of this book was made up of texts, reports and other forms of multimedia. If this is not something you enjoy I wouldn’t recommend you reading it. You would probably find it way more infuriating than enjoyable. What surprised me was that my favourite character, although it annoyed me a lot of the time, was AIDAN (the Artificial Intelligence that single handedly annihilated one of the spaceships). The aspect of AIDAN that appealed to me was its inability to understand, and therefore grasp, human sarcasm. It was funny to see it taking sarcasm seriously when it’s not meant to be taken that way. All in all a really good read.
Recommend for: Young adults and adults alike
Rating: 5 stars.