I received this book for free from the publisher via Borrowed in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
What I Thought…
• Illuminae was all over the place for me. Overall I liked it.
• Pro: The cover. I would not have been drawn to this book if it wasn’t for the cover. Check it out, it’s awesome. The inside is pretty awesome too.
• Con: The writing style. I’m not hugely surprised but the unique writing style was a struggle for me. It is told through multiple viewpoints as a report so there are many different styles. This made it easy for me to be pulled out of the story, especially in the beginning. Once I got used to it, things rolled a little smoother.
• Pro: Kady. She is pretty badass. Her lovey/dovey stuff with Ezra sometimes got on my nerves but her determination to save peoples lives more than made up for it.
• Con: The middle third. It took me a long, long time to go through the middle third of the book. It seemed to drag on and not much was happening.
• Pro: The last third. Lots of action and badassery and twists and turns and a big &$*# you at the end. I cannot even express how much I loved the ending and how it worked out.
• Pro & Con: Phobos, the deadly plague. This is a pro because it is a pretty terrifying plague that made things interesting. It’s a con because it is a pretty terrifying plague and people died. And went crazy.
Overall I enjoyed Illuminae and I do plan on reading the next book, though I hope it’s a wee bit shorter. If you like space and unique writing styles then you will probably love Illuminae more than I did.
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