Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Genre: Science fiction, epistolary novel, YA
Publication: October 2015
Hardcover: 599 Pages
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.
BRIEFING NOTE: 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 hereby swear in writing that I shall not underestimate the captivating magic that is books, ever again. Particularly after devouring this one!
While the synopsis is on point, here’s an extra rundown of illuminae:
Planet kerenza is being invaded –death, chaos, and devastation follows in its wake. And to add a nice touch to an already exceptionally bad situation, an AI turned psychotic goes on a killing rampage that X-es out thousands of people.
Even worse, death toll increases still, as a mutating virus spreads, leaving behind it, people-killing machines. The struggle to stay alive is hard as, 17 year old Kady Grant, with the help of her ‘not-quite-over-you’ ex-boyfriend, and a programmer– Byron Zhang, take on a mission to uncover the truth which the people in charge have decided aren’t exactly worth mentioning.
Besides the sheer brilliance of having all the supertastic geeky stuff take place in space and an amazing plot that had me hooked from the beginning to the very last page. The whole reason why I think illuminae is the coolest sci-fic book in the history of sci-fic book is the fact that the entirety of the book is written in epistolary format, ranging from document like footage description, files, interviews… I Kid You Not!
Its so refreshing to read a book with such beautifully constructed characters that feel so alive and I might have gone all mushy at some point in this book, *cough cough* Team Ezra Mason!
Basically, if you are looking for a good science fiction book to read, with heaps of laugh-out-loud, action filled, and gut wrenching moments. look no further! illuminae is a totally delightful read.
Favorite Book Quotes:
“You have me. Until ever last star in the
You have me.”
“She is catalyst.
She is chaos.
I can see why he loves her.”
mouth finds her like he’s drowning and
“Numbers do not feel. Do not bleed or
weep or hope. They do not know bravery
or sacrifice. Love and allegiance. At the
very apex of callousness, you will find
only ones and zeros.”
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