Friday, September 25, 2015

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

608 pages
Expected publication: October 20th 2015 
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source; Publisher
Rating: 5/5
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. 

I'm sure that you've read countless reviews that praise this book. This one is no different.

Illuminae is ridiculously fun to read.  This is a book that you shouldn't read in one sitting (because you have to make it last) but you can't help yourself.  It CONSUMES you. I'm not even being dramatic here. Okay, maybe a little bit but I couldn't stay away from it. 

This beauty is brilliantly crafted. The design is unique, the concept is fantastic, and it is beautifully written. Oh, and the characters are marvelous. Have a crossed the "fangirl" line already? Sorry. Maybe I shouldn't mention that this kept my heart racing the entire time. Or that I didn't even wait to finish it before I preordered a copy. Or that I might be giving this away as Christmas presents to everyone I know. I won't mention any of that. 

Illuminae is witty, smart, and the definition of "sci-fi with a heart." Should I start begging for an ARC of book two now or is it too soon? 
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