Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 20th 2015)
Hardcover: 599 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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.
Such a crazy ride! Not just the story, but the formatting, written in styles of emails, chat logs, documents, footage, art (etc.), it was an experience out of this world!
There’s a ton of awesome (and detailed) reviews, so mine will be fairly brisk.
Okay, story – it was quite the adventure. Kady just broke up with her boyfriend (Ezra) and to make the day a bajillion times worse, their planet is attacked, than to make even more of a disaster, after they’re saved, there’s a plague outbreak, and to make matters even worse worse! There may be more enemies than they thought!
It’s fast paced and action-packed. There’s a deadly disease and an interesting (and almost somewhat unexpected) villain that keeps the story full of surprises. A lot of people died, which made me sad (I hate when authors introduce all these wonderful characters only for them to die /sad face).
I loved Kady and Ezra. Kady is totally the rebellious, computer nerd who doesn’t like to play by the rules. She’s all snark and it’s lovely.
“I am frequently underestimated. I think it’s because I’m short.”
Ezra is hilarious (and big hearted). He becomes a pilot, and is cool and self-confident but also so dorky. Just perfect. He also knows how to be ridiculous charming and say all the right things when he needs to be. What more could you want?
“You have me. Until ever last star in the galaxy dies.
You have me.”
I actually really enjoyed their romance. It’s one of those romance that would probably survive the ages, but also, it’s like a normal 18-19 year old relationship with it’s ups and downs. I liked the arguments, the teasing, the reconciling, the “ugh, you guys are too cute, it’s gross”.
“Ezra: And then I said it.
Interviewer; What did he say?
Kady Grant: He said, ‘You picked a hell of a day to dump me, Kades.”
In conclusion, it was fun and high suspense read with twist and turns galore. No cliffhanger ending, but so many questions also left unanswered. Definitely excited for more!
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