Illuminae


Illuminae
By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristof

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.

4/5 Stars

Ok so I actually read this book a while ago, but I thought I would review this because a) I am going to read Gemina soon and b) I haven't reviewed anything in like a month and I also haven't read anything in like a month... Sooooooooooooooo Illuminae it is! I probably should have chosen a different book though, for multiple reasons. One being that I kinda don't remember it at all... Also, It was ON THE VERY TOP OF MY ENITRE FREAKING SHELF AND I ALMOST DIED GETTING IT DOWN!!! And lastly OMG SPELL CHECK KEEPS TRYING TO CHANGE IT TO ILLUMINATE AND I AM LIKE NO STOP!!!! Ok anyways now into the review. I originally got this book purely because the cover was cool. I mean I flipped through it a little, but I literally had no idea what it was about. Ok so at first I didn't really like it. It is pretty slow to start out. It also takes a while to get used to the format of the book. I NEVER KNEW WHERE TO LOOK! There is so much on each page and I felt like I had to read every single thing on each page... I had to get over that, but once I did I enjoyed it a lot. I started to really get into the story maybe 100 pages in. I actually finished the entire book in one day. Despite there being so much on every page, it is actually a pretty quick read. Also, it is just fun to read. There is a casualties list very early on in the book and I spend  a good twenty minutes just looking at it. The story itself is really interesting too. It's really weird, definitely weird, but it is really interesting. The reason that I didn't give the book five stars was because of the fact that it is a little slow at first and also it is really hard to keep every character's name and the ship names straight. There are SOOOOOOOOOO many!!!!! Also, since there is so much on some of the pages, I have to skim through some of it. Which means that sometimes I miss some of the information. Sometimes very key information LIKE ONE OF THE 50 BILLION CHARACTERS!!!!! But overall I really like the book (obviously because I am reading the second one.....). Also, just by the way, Ezra is the best. 
-Lily

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