Thursday, October 22, 2015

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

By: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Released: October 20, 2015
Source: ARC from BEA
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*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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. (Goodreads)

I liked Illuminae and the adventure this book took me on. It was certainly a unique reading experience. 

Illuminae is the story of Kady and Ezra who are forced to evacuate their planet after it's invaded. The invasion was only the start of their problems though and they find even more trouble aboard the fleet.

I liked Kady and Ezra and thought they were both developed fairly well. Kady quickly became my favorite character. She just kept becoming more and more interesting as the story progressed. I also really liked that Ezra and Kady shared a very realistic relationship for two teenagers.

Illuminae is told through files, interviews, emails, maps, and more. This is partly what made Illuminae so interesting, but also what caused me to struggle with this book too. I praise Kaufman and Kristoff for the way they wrote this book because it was an amazing way to compose a story. Some of the art work on the pages were stunning. However, it took me about 200 pages to really get invested in the plot. The way this book is written will absolutely work for some readers, but for me, it unfortunately didn't. I felt like there was so much jumping around and I found myself constantly having to reread pages. 

I really enjoyed the beginning of Illuminae because it starts immediately with action, but shortly after that I started to lose interest. There was still plenty of action taking place, but it just wasn't grabbing my attention. Once I got through those first 200 pages though, I finished it right away. The plot really picked up the pace and there were some great twists. There was a good mix of humor and romance added in too. I especially liked the ending a lot as well.   

Overall I liked Illuminae. It was a unique adventure. This book may not be for everyone, but it's still definitely worth giving a chance.

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