*Heart eyes* This book is absolutely beautiful! I usually find this type of book difficult to read, but Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff have done an absolutely fantastic job of bringing this book to life!
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.
This book is so different, and so amazing! You wouldn’t think a log/report/interview/schematics/emails format would work, but somehow Ezra and Kady just jump off the page and into your heart. I loved them so much! The characters are so fleshed out; they are reluctant, relatable, and so human. It’s brilliant. This book is super hard to put down! I already can’t wait to get my hands on the second book!
This had so many twist that I just did not see coming. When it seemed like one drama was over, a new one would be there keeping you on the edge of your seat. I don’t know how Kristoff and Kaufman put this together so well. Seriously. It’s so good.
I was reading this on my car ride to Cleveland, Ohio, and I could literally not put this book down. I just had to find out what happened next with Kady and Ezra! I mean, every other page, it seemed like one of them was going to die! I had to know!!
Besides the brilliant story, have you seen the cover!?! GORGEOUS!!
Ok. I’m done gushing. Go read it.
Rating: 5/5 stars
[Illuminae, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (Knopf Books for Young Readers) 599 pp., $18.99]