Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
by Amie Kaufman
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.
5 of 5 Stars
I admit I was a bit skeptical about this book at first, primarily because of the layout and different way it is written. In the end though I ended up really enjoying being able to see the different pieces of evidence including the chat logs.
It took me a little while to really get into the story. At first I was slightly annoyed by Kady but began to realize how realistic of a teenage character she truly was. Everything that happened felt believable and realistic. I was quickly wrapped up in what was happening.
The twists were the absolute best part. I didn’t expect them at all the way they ended up happening and it kept me on my toes and thinking right through to the end. I do recommend this as a book to get in hard copy due to the pictures and various graphics. It was okay to read on my tablet but I look forward to getting a solid copy to read in the future.
This eGalley was provided free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion and I was compensated in no other manner.