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Illuminae-Lark




Illuminae
By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


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.

4/5 Stars

Alright first of all, I always have spoilers in my reviews, so I am going to try my best to keep this review spoiler free. (I'll try).. 4 out of 5 stars is kinda a generous rating considering the amount of times I put this book down. (I mean really, I literally tried to read this book over the span of a year) (not exaggerating) And my Goodreads account just said that I was reading this book for SO LONG, but I didn't want to change it because I still had faith in this book, but not enough to actually commit. So NOW, that I finally accomplished the task of reading this book, I feel pretty proud of myself. I was so ready to have a really nice juicy sci-fi novel and let me tell you, if that's what you're into, it does not disappoint. BUTTT however, it is a tiny cliché. (like my brother peaked over my shoulder as I was reading it, and he literally started laughing out loud) One example: classic sentient artificial intelligence gone rouge. I can't think of anything more cliché, but I just had to ignore it and continue.. Besides all that, I do really like The "who can you trust mystery" kind of aspect of it and that's what kept me interested in it (actually that's kind of a lie, the reason I wanted to finish it is because the cover is very cool, like I mean possibly best cover of all time it's really nice) Alright, I'm gonna talk about the way the book is laid out.  It's not written like a normal book, and is actually told by documents and papers and audio transcripts which is unique and stuff and I appreciate that, but also it gets veryy confusing. Like when I first started this book, I had to read each page like 5 times because I was confused and thought that I was missing things, but it turns out that it's left kind of vague in the beginning so that you can find things out in the end. I do like big reveals and stuff, but I literally gave up on the book. ( I checked it out in the library because the librarian pressured me into getting it, but then I returned it because I just couldn't finish it)(and then I bought it again later determined on finishing it, but it took me FOREVER) Alright, alright, you are probably thinking that this book is HORRIBLE now, but do recall that I gave it a 4 star rating... not bad. Besides the slightly cringy robot-with-feelings chunk of the book (and I really do mean chunk: if you look at the book from the side you can see the entire thing because it's a different color than the rest of the pages) the writing was very clever. I really liked the conversations between Ezra and Kady, and the interviews, they were both just very sarcastic and it was very fun to read, and (no surprise) I really liked the romance part between them. So, all in all it was ok, and I might even get the second one.. (although it might only be because of the really nice cover).
-Lark

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