Review & #Bookpics: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: The Illuminae Files #1
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on 10/20/2015
Genres: Science Fiction, YA
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About the Book:
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.
Illuminae is the first in a new YA Sci-Fi series from author Amie Kaufman and and Jay Kristoff. If you’re looking for a space adventure, with a little bit of romance thrown in, told in a unique way, I would suggest picking this one up.
The story begins when Kady and Ezra’s planet is destroyed, and the survivors are brought onto three different spaceships: Alexander, Copernicus, and Hypatia. The three ships are still on the run from Lincoln, the ship that attacked Kady and Ezra’s home. As if that isn’t stressful enough, we have AI’s going haywire and giving their own orders, and a deadly virus attacking the citizens and the crew. Now it’s up to Kady and Ezra to figure out what’s going on, as well as keep themselves alive.
I really liked Kady and Ezra as characters. The two teens broke up the morning their planet was attacked, and now they have to team up, which only makes things a little bit awkward. They’re both a little sarcastic, and a little sassy, which I like. Kady has a very “kiss my ass” attitude, which I thought was really amusing. She’s a great leading lady who is determined to get to the bottom of things and protect the people she loves, even if she’s scared to death as she’s going through it. She seems to have a bit of an authority problem, which is always good for a few chuckles. But she also has a few really vulnerable moments which remind you that in the end, she’s just a seventeen year old girl who is trying really hard not to die.
Ezra is a sweetie, and a romantic. The whole time Kady is trying to find a way to get to Alexander (she was brought to Hypatia) Ezra is trying to talk her out of it and keep her alive. While the two have their issues, they definitely still care about each other. He knows that Kady is strong, and capable of figuring out what is really going on with these ships, but he worries about what would ever happen if she gets caught, something that Kady doesn’t seem to care about as long as she saves everyone else.
The story is told through reports and transcripts and IMs which I thought was a really cool choice. You get the perspectives from several characters this way, and you get to know what’s going on in both ships. It kept things moving, so I didn’t find myself bored too often. There were a few plot twists towards the end that I didn’t see coming, and those were pretty exciting, but I didn’t find myself really into the plot until about halfway through. Once the virus breaks out and AIDAN, the AI system, starts going crazy, I started getting interested, but it took a while to get there.
While I liked the characters, and I liked the way in which the story was told, and I liked the premise of the novel, when it came to actually reading it… it just didn’t do it for me. I don’t think it had anything to do with the writing style, the quality, or anything else. So while I’m giving Illuminae 3 out of 5 controllers, if this sounds like it falls into your niche, or if you think you would really enjoy it, definitely pick it up. It isn’t a bad book by any means, just wasn’t my particular cup of tea.