Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Posted October 20, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay KristoffIlluminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files, #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
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five-stars

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing sheÂ’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 whatÂ’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 just want to gush about this book. It was everything I could have possibly wanted and more. The way that its written, it uses copies of records to tell the story. The plot moves on through memos, instant messages, ship schematics and writing in shapes. I absolutely love this sort of narrative.  The plot is completely different but the style of this book reminded me of  two other long time favorites of mine; House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski and S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. So if you like this sort of style, check those out next. All three are masterful.

One of my favorite things about this book is that what little romance there is takes a backseat to the story. Its subtle, understated and absolutely perfect. The main characters knew each other before the adventure started but they broke up the same day that the attack started. Their history shows through at every step in their story but they spend their time focusing on what’s going on around them and what needs to be done. The messages that Ezra sends Kady when he is apologizing were some of my favorite parts of the entire book. So cute!

I’ve already spouted about what a huge fan I am about this sort of format. I think the schematics and documents make the story more real. You are completely immersed in story from the very beginning. This book  was also a perfect example of a slow build into an all encompassing disaster. First there is the attack. Then there is an illness on one of the remaining ships. Then the fleet’s AI begins to malfunction. All of this is in the blurb, so none of these facts are spoilers. Still, isn’t it so exciting to know that that’s just the beginning?

I honestly can’t think of anything about this book that I didn’t like. It was action packed, fast moving and engrossing. If you like sci fi, you will definitely like this book. Even if you don’t like sci fi, its highly likely that this will be the book that changes your mind.

five-stars

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